Paso Robles, CA
Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Rhone varietal blends from the Templeton Gap/Willow Creek area of Paso Robles. The vineyard is sustainably farmed without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides and rarely needs supplemental irrigation.
Saxum’s James Berry Vineyard was awarded #1 wine of 2010 by Wine Spectator, the industry’s highest honor.
Cueing on the minimalist approach that Saxum takes in the cellar, the new facility is completely subterranean: crushing, fermenting and barrel storage caves; minimizing its presence in the vineyard and from a neighboring residence. Floating outside between the 2 working portals, a green roofed steel-framed pavilion houses lounge space, private offices, lab/kitchen, and restrooms connecting the caves to the vineyard.
In collaboration with Design Build Collaborative