Marrying rustic charm with modern aesthetics, MBH Architects recently renovated the 6,000 square foot Rubin Family Vineyard and Winery in Sebastopol, California, leaving only the barrel room untouched. Lifelong wine enthusiast and owner of the Republic of Tea, Ron Rubin, recently decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning a vineyard. A UC Davis graduate in viticulture, Rubin searched for the perfect land, ultimately selecting the Rubin Family Vineyard and Winery for it's Golden Loam soil, which is ideal for growing his Pinot and Chardonnay grapes.
Using the architecture and winery circulation to express the brand identity, the MBH architecture team integrated thoughtful details throughout to tell the vineyard's story from vine to bottle. Approaching the winery, guests interact with the lush 11 acre vineyard as they walk along the meandering landscaped path toward the soft gray and orange venue.
Inside, the elliptical shape, curving staircase, and wood walls of the building's lobby recall a wine barrel. The walls are made from wood reclaimed from an old barn within Sonoma County, giving a nod to the old while keeping with a contemporary, gestural design. Slotted windows were strategically placed to offer wistful glimpses of the vines outside, emphasizing their importance even from within the winery. The soft neutrals of the porcelain tile, painted walls, and carpet were inspired by Rubin's passion for the Golden Loam soil of the vineyard, while locally sourced redwood and recycled cedar were inspired by Sonoma County - once again connecting the property's design to the natural landscape.
Two tasting rooms offering spectacular views were created on each of the winery's floors, accommodating multiple groups of visitors, trade or otherwise. The second floor tasting room features a custom Nanowall that opens to create an indoor/outdoor space, perfect for enjoying the aromas of the vineyard while avoiding the sun. Sustainable elements such as solar panels, bioswales for stormwater diversion, and low flow fixtures were also incorporated.
Taking a feng shui aesthetic that juxtaposes the old and new parts of the winery as yin and yang, MBH Architects created a modern hospitality atmosphere within the structure while emphasizing the natural beauty of the surrounding vines.
Photography: Misha Bruk