Allied Works Architecture completes cedar-rich tasting room for Sokol Blosser Winery
The Sokol Blosser family has been producing exceptional wines using environmentally-sensitive techniques in Oregon, US for more than 40 years and has just celebrated the completion of a new venue for visitors to enjoy wine tasting, courtesy of Allied Works Architecture.
Nestled on a knoll at the 120-acre property, the 6,000 sq ft tasting room speaks to historical building forms in Oregon which were constructed using hemlock, fir and cedar. Allied Works has used large quantities of cedar throughout the property, with rough-hewn cedar cladding the interior walls, floors and ceilings, while the exterior sports striated and random cedar boards.
The Sokol Blosser Winery’s tasting room overlooks an impressive geometric display of grape vines which line the estate and Allied Works has put their own mark on the land in fashioning a cluster of gardens, terraces and paths into the hill upon which the new volume sits.
Through careful positioning and orientation of the property, the team has enabled users of the tasting room to benefit from maximum natural daylighting. The volume has been designed to capture natural light through vast window panes and skylights, and retain it. Coupled with the warmth of materials used in construction, this has created a very relaxed and welcoming interior space.
Allied Works details: “The new tasting room emerges as a solid mass of wood sliced open and carved out in response to natural light, serene views and the rituals of wine tasting. It is a ‘transparent solid’, a building that catches and holds space as it passes through. The building shifts and bends perception as it foreshortens vistas and distorts depth, all in service of intensifying the specificity of the visitor’s experience.”
The new addition offers a variety of spaces in which to enjoy wine tasting, from an intimate library to an open-air terrace. There is also a kitchen for cooking demonstrations which can seat up to 12 people and a private cellar lounge for Wine Club members or special events which leads onto a ‘secret garden’ complete with an overhanging grove of oak trees.