Winery Transforms Historic Cellars and Barrel Room into Contemporary Hospitality Center
DUNDEE, Ore. – Aug 31, 2015 – Argyle Winery has opened its new Tasting House at its original winery location in Dundee, Ore. Partnering with Portland-based SERA Architects and contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis, Argyle has created a truly innovative space, preserving the building’s identity as a former winery while converting it into a spacious, modern-day center for guests.
Filling the space with light and warmth, the contemporary design of the Tasting House invites visitors to taste, learn, gather and relax in flexible indoor and outdoor seating, with year-round hosted tasting service available for daily guests and guided educational experiences for larger groups. A climate-controlled wine library showcases more than 4,000 bottles − a portion of the winery’s collection − from vintages dating back to Argyle’s founding in 1987, while the Tirage Library displays vintage sparkling wines still aging on-the-yeast. The Argyle Reserve Cellar is a retail space that displays the full line of Argyle’s wines available for purchase, including a chilled selection of sparkling wines, Chardonnays, and Rieslings ready to take home.
During the restoration, 100 percent of the concrete and steel was recycled, while siding, roofing and fixtures were repurposed as primary design features in the new space. Native Douglas fir, found in existing structures during deconstruction, was used to make all of the new shelving, tables, paneling and the Tasting House Bar.
West Coast native plants are the main feature of the landscaping, designed by Sean Hogan nursery owner and principal designer of Cistus Design and Nursery, and complement the winery’s new outdoor event and tasting areas. Designed to be a template for low-impact Willamette Valley gardens, the new landscape uses 80 percent less water and is more expansive than the previous garden. Soil health is protected using a variety of drought-tolerant, regionally native plants. Madrone, Cork Oak and Manzanita Trees were selected for their aesthetics as well as ability to foster the ecosystem and adapt to this climate. Plants from the winery’s original English-style garden were donated to the Chehalem Park & Recreation District and placed at various community venues including the Chehalem Cultural Center, Herbert Hoover Park and in various meridians and turnabouts in the local area.
“Our founding identity at Argyle has always been guided by a spirit of evolution and reinvention,” said Chris Cullina, Argyle’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Before becoming the Argyle Winery, our home in Dundee had a famous past life as a hazelnut processing plant. This latest chapter follows our tradition to defer new construction in favor of rehabilitating our existing buildings. The Tasting House leverages the original character and structural elements of the barrel room and cellars, making this new space truly one-of-a-kind in Oregon.”
The new Tasting House better enables staff to tell the Argyle story − acknowledging the winery’s unique role within the Oregon wine industry − to visitors in a range of scalable spaces.
“We wanted the end result of this project to be the must-do experience for every visitor to Willamette Valley wine country,” said SERA project manager Steven Ehlbeck. “From the initial design competition, our goal has always been to create a unique and memorable place that meets Argyle’s reputation for innovation and quality.”
Located directly behind the Victorian farmhouse that’s been Argyle’s popular tasting room for decades, the new Argyle Tasting House is located at 691 Highway 99W in Dundee, Oregon. Three different tasting flights are available for $15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About Argyle Winery
Founded in Dundee in 1987, Argyle Winery Argyle handcrafts award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and sparkling wines. All of Argyle’s sparkling wines are made with traditional are fermented in the bottle and are vintage-dated, a rarity among American sparkling wines. Recently, the winery has invested in a new production facility, additional vineyard land and a new Tasting House and hospitality center. Its wines are available at the fine restaurants, wine shops and select grocers, as well as online. For more information, go to www.argylewinery.com.
SERA is a 125-person Architecture, Interior Design and Urban Design & Planning firm based in Portland and the Silicon Valley. The firm specializes in sustainable placemaking at all scales through high-performance design and planning for hospitality, workplace, mixed-use housing, higher education and civic projects.
About Lease Crutcher Lewis
Lewis has been a Northwest general contractor since 1886 and has offices in Portland and Seattle. The firm provides preconstruction, construction management, general contracting and design-build services for clients in education, commercial office, health care, mixed-use and industrial markets.
About Cistus Design and Nursery
Led by owner, designer, author and lecturer Sean Hogan, Cistus has been designing regionally appropriate gardens throughout the West concentrating on bringing the colors and textures of the Willamette Valley home. Cistus is also a pioneering Pacific Northwest resource for special and experimental plants particularly suited to the region. Hogan is the author of Flora: A Gardeners’ Encyclopedia, Trees for All Seasons: Broadleaved Evergreens for Temperate Climates, among other books and lectures extensively in North America and Europe. Located on Oregon’s Sauvie Island, Cistus Nursery has several thousand plant species in production at any given time for retail customers and mail order.