Alma Rosa Winery
El Jabali Ranch, Buellton, California
The Sta. Rita Hills is a small appellation in the Western portion of the Santa Ynez Valley, closest to the ocean and its cooling influence. Cool-weather varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay dominate these landscapes. Alma Rosa Vineyards, on the 600 acre El Jabali Ranch, is located in the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country with its new winery facility taking watch over 50 acres of newly established vineyards.
Responding to site topography and climactic influences of sun and prevailing breezes, the second phase of building includes a new winery facility that includes hospitality space that enjoys visual connection to winery operations and dramatic views to the vineyards, heightening the visitors experience and immersion into the ranch. With an annual case production of 10,000 cases, the new winery facility will include ventilated subterranean barrel aging caves that leverage the natural soil temperature and minimize mechanical cooling.
The simple palate of materials, including a galvanized steel structure, burnished masonry, cast-in-place concrete, and flat and perforated weathering steel plate, are meant to be clean-lined, while resilient and environmentally authentic. Renewable systems planned include rainwater harvesting and an integrated photovoltaic system that will minimize reliance on utility provided energy, generating enough power annually to take the winery and vineyard barn off-grid.