RAVINE VINEYARD ESTATE WINERY, ST. DAVID’S, ONTARIO
This award winning project has a significant heritage preservation component and is intended to be a “destination” winery. It creates a streetscape that comprises several complementary buildings, including a reconstruction of the historic Woodruff House. The other objective of this development is to augment and be an integral part of the Town of St. Davids’ commercial core. This commercial strip offers such services as tours, wine tasting, retail wine sales, light gourmet food with an emphasis on picnicking on site, and will eventually include a gourmet restaurant.
The reconstruction of the Woodruff House includes the original five fireplaces, staircases, moldings, windows and gable ends. The house is used as a hospitality centre, historical exhibition space, tastings and wine sales and also serves as an entry to the barrel cellar.
The Packing Shed, while being externally symbolic of the historic small ancillary agricultural building which is gradually disappearing in the region, has been converted to a deli with a full kitchen and a bakery.
The Event Building completes the wineries streetscape. The screening, entry, and terrace orientation all help minimize conflicts between large, often loud groups and the users of the rest of the site. The flexible interior space with three - metre high glazing on two sides provides the visual connection to the winery beyond and access to the wrap around terrace. The sleek contemporary design provides contrast to the heritage buildings while reflecting the industrial nature of the Production Building.
Peter J. Stokes Heritage Commendation - 2009