Jasper wines have been locally made in Newton, Iowa since 2004 and their recent growth created the need for much larger facilities. Rather than expanding in Newton they decided to relocate their new winemaking and events facility just south of downtown Des Moines. substance developed an 8,100 square foot building on a four-acre landscaped site which includes a small vineyard, gardens, outdoor event areas, and covered walkways and patios. The winery provides production facilities for 10,000 cases of wine annually, a tasting and café area, a banquet facility for groups of 125 people, and associated service functions.
The building is developed as three main parts: production, tasting/service, and events, under a single large sloped roof. This simple arrangement is a response to the working nature of the project and the straightforward manner the owner wants to present the winery. Sustainable features, such as day-lighting, open ventilation, a low-impact natural material palate, permeable paving areas, and high efficiency mechanical systems are included as part of the development. The winery will be a destination for thousands of visitors per year and is designed to easily expand depending on the future needs of the owner.
Photography by Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions
Merit Award, 2009
AIA Iowa Chapter
Iowa Architect, 09:270