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June 15, 2014

Space and Flow - BAR featured in July issue of Wines & Vines

Paso Robles, CA – Principal Jeff Goodwin was interviewed for the July issue of Wines & Vines, in the article, "Space and Flow", about how successful winery design leads to efficient wine making. BAR-designed Law Winery in Paso Robles, CA, was featured as well, highlighting their gravity-flow production.

Jeff Goodwin is the principal in charge of winery projects for San Francisco, Calif.-based BAR Architects, which designed the Law Estate Wines winery as well as other notable wineries in California like Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Cardinale and Mumm Napa. He said that evidence of the industry’s largest trends is evident in the design of new wineries. Consumers are becoming more wine savvy, and wineries are exploring new varieties and wine styles. “What that means in terms of winemaking design is small-lot production, smaller fermentors, more blending areas and a lot more barrel storage,” Goodwin said.

The new Law Estate Wines winery is also reflective of what Goodwin sees as an trend for new wineries with a “modern aesthetic” rather that trying to recreate a villa or chateau from the Old World. “We’re also seeing a huge interest in tying the indoor spaces with the outdoor spaces.” He said the design process typically starts with a thorough review of the building site to “capitalize on what’s unique with the piece of land.” In the case of the Law winery, Goodwin said the owners had purchased a piece of land with spectacular views from a ridge that was adjacent to the estate vineyards. The vision was for a winery with expansive 360° views that included the estate vines and panoramas of the canyon, yet conforming to county planning requirements and not dominating the view of the horizon. By studying the site and its view lines and sun patterns, Goodwin said designers came up with a plan that would highlight the site yet conceal the winery. From the tasting room, visitors can see the vineyards and marvel at the views, but the winery is largely screened from sight.

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