Juniper Creek Ranch, Medina, Texas
Incorporating the masonry walls of the existing barn and goat shed, the winery is comprised of multiple spaces assembled under one large gabled roof providing valuable shading for working spaces. The intent was to design a space to reflect how a farmer would have built the necessities to run their operations – with both simplicity and flexibility in mind. Existing masonry walls enclose an entry courtyard connecting directly to a double height fermentation room, allowing the working space to enjoy a flow that blurs the line between interior and exterior spaces. North facing clerestory glazing floods interiors with natural light and curated openings in the masonry provides views to the oak trees and vineyard. A shallow reflecting pool serves as an evaporative cooler as prevailing southeastern breezes flow through wall openings and through the building. A second level “trussed” tasting space spans between existing walls providing a filtered bridge between courtyard and fermentation room. Covered crush/bottling deck provides open flexible space for harvest activities and storage for equipment and picking bins, with direct access to the barrel storage cave portal diving into the hillside.
The simple palate of robust, durable materials are planned to withstand the particularly dry climate, for regional availability and to remain environmentally authentic.