Alma Rosa Vineyards
El Jabali Ranch, Buellton, California | Estimated Completion: Fall 2021
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 is located on the 600 acre El Jabali Ranch in the heart of Santa Barbara County wine country. Its new winery facility takes watch over 50 acres of recently established vineyards.
Responding to site topography and climactic influences of sun and prevailing breezes, the first phase of building includes a steel-framed Vineyard Barn housing open-air agricultural equipment bays, climate-controlled storage and administrative spaces that foster cross-ventilation and a day-lit work environment. A simple materials palette including galvanized steel, flat and perforated weathering steel plate, burnished masonry, and cast-in-place concrete offer clean-lines, resilience, and environmental authenticity. Plans for an integrated photovoltaic system will ultimately minimize reliance on utility-provided energy by generating an estimated 85 kWh annually. Additional renewable systems include rainwater harvesting as well as taking the barn and the Phase 2 winery off-grid.
With an annual case production of 10,000, the new winery facility will include subterranean barrel aging caves that serve as an umbilical to the Phase 1 building. With its dramatic views of the vineyard, a new public Tasting Room will heighten visitors’ immersive experience of the ranch.