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A New Taste for Oregon

Oregon wine pioneer, Sokol Blosser, is preparing for a record number of visitors to its Willamette Valley estate this fall when wine and contemporary architecture take center stage with The New Tasting Room up and running.

Designed by Brad Cloepfil, founding principal of Allied Works Architecture, the new building provides a range of spaces for sampling Sokol Bosser’s wines and viewing their Yamhill County estate.

Founder Susan Sokol Blosser stated, “In 1977, when we built the first tasting room in the state, we chose John Storrs, the most celebrated Oregon architect of the time. Thirty-five years later, we wanted to continue this legacy. With ties to Yamhill County and a celebrated international practice, Brad Cloepfil was the perfect fit. We’re delighted that Brad and Allied Works are working with us on this small but important project.”

In keeping with its long-term business and agricultural values, the Sokol Blosser Winery Tasting Room has been designed with environmental sustainability as a priority. Following the legacy begun with Susan Sokol Blosser, who built the first LEED certified winery building in the U.S., her children Alison and Alex Sokol Blosser, now co-Presidents, have aligned The New Tasting Room with Living Building Challenge, the new gold standard for building certification.

This makes The New Tasting Room the first winery in the U.S. to support and fulfill the values of the most rigorous performance standard for the built environment.

Certain to appeal to wine lovers as well as followers of design, architecture and sustainable building, the tasting room promises a dynamic visitor experience. The design of the new Tasting Room pays homage to the source of its bounty, with details that invite guests to seamlessly experience the vineyards and landscape.

The building’s low profile lends the appearance of being a single level when in fact the structure is built both above and below ground, emulating the character of the grapevines while allowing for wine storage in a naturally cool cellar. The exterior is united with the interior in part by the use of striated wood cladding, a motif derived from the vineyard rows and the region’s vernacular agricultural buildings. The wood also surfaces all interior walls, floors and ceilings.

Within the building are three interconnected volumes with specific orientation to the surrounding landscape and spectacular views of the Yamhill Valley. A main tasting room occupies the center of the new building and includes a bar, outdoor terrace, sitting area and hearth. A library and kitchen flank the tasting room and offer a range of scales and spatial qualities for gathering and wine tasting. Below the main floor, a new cellar is embedded in the earth, providing space for private tastings and wine storage.

“The Sokol Blosser Winery Tasting Room is rooted in my love of the Oregon landscape and my deep appreciation for the art of wine making. The project is a dialogue between the inherent beauty of the site, the cultivation of the land and the specific needs of gathering, tasting and entertaining,” Brad Cloepfil says.


Sokol Blosser Winery: Dundee, Oregon
Brad Cloepfil: Principal and Lead Designer
Nathan Hamilton: Project Manager
Design Team: Kathryn van Voorhees, Jared Abraham,
Sushwala Hedding, Neal Harrod
Structural Engineer: KPFF Engineers, Portland, OR
M/E/P Engineer: Glumac, Portland, OR
Contractor: R&H Construction, Portland, OR
Site Area: 1.5 acres
Building Area: 7,000sf
Capacity: 75-200 persons
Tasting Room: 850sf; wood-burning hearth, bar, sitting area
Library: 300sf
Kitchen: 350sf
Cellar Room: 300sf
Designed to comply with key Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards
Reclaimed Wood Cladding and Furnishings
Green Roof
Private Garden with Native Plantings

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