- ABOUT US
Andis Wines is a 22,000 square foot state of the art winemaking facility designed under two tenets: 1) Design a winery that can make great wine, and 2) Make it pretty. Andy and Janis worked hand-in-hand with Sage Architecture for well over a year to come to a design that would achieve that goal.
Site selection was of critical importance, and the 25 acre vineyard site in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, with rolling hills and 360 degree views, allowed a design that blends in with its surroundings. The building itself, a prefabricated metal building with large canopy overhangs, is designed to “grow from the land” with the eastern end set lower in the landscape and the public western end rising out of the vineyard. Modern in its aesthetic, the design emphasizes the more industrial aspects of a winery production facility and yet will make visitors feel welcome with its connection to the land and warm use of materials inside. One of the first things visitors will notice upon arrival at the winery is our signature Barrel Stave Wall, a large accent screen wall on the north side of the building that is completely fabricated from recycled wine barrel staves and stained in a soft gray to create a textured woven effect. Additionally, there are a variety of places surrounding the building for visitors to gather and enjoy their experience at Andis, from the covered walkways to grassy picnic areas.
From a production perspective, some of the outstanding features of the winery include:
1. A Fermentation Room that can be both heated and cooled. This allows us the best control over the fermentation environment in reaction to the seasons and needs of the process. We also dedicated area in this room to small lot “bin” fermentations. Often these lots are relegated to whatever floor space is available. By committing a dedicated area in the most highly climate-controlled space in the winery, we can maximize the quality of these always exciting, small production projects.
2. A Crush Pad that allows rapid processing of fruit from field to tank as well as immediate access to both storage and fermentation areas. The quicker grapes are processed after picking, the more character they retain. The design of the crush pad allows for easy delivery and immediate access to processing. This not only allows for the best treatment of the fruit but also requires fewer people to accomplish. This design feature was inspired by some of the great sailboat designs of the last 25 years that allow one person to control all the aspects of a boat from one location.
3. A Barrel Room that uses evaporative cooling (swamp coolers) instead of air conditioning. Not only does this allow for significant energy savings but it creates the optimal environment for making wines of character. By creating a high humidity environment, we are able to minimize evaporation from the barrels and reduce the classic barrel aging alcohol creep - a barrel in air conditioning can often rise as much as one half percent over the course of its “elevage”, disrupting the original balance of the wine.
4. A Tasting Room at the east end of the building that features large windows on three sides overlooking the surrounding vineyards. A twenty-six foot long tasting bar fabricated from sustainably harvested Lyptus wood and topped with a concrete countertop is the feature element. A Private Tasting Room is set off by its elegant barrel-vault ceiling clad in the same Lyptus wood for a rich, welcoming, and peaceful environment in which to sample Andis wines or hold business meetings. French doors lead visitors from both the Tasting Room and Private Tasting Room to the expansive lawn area to the south. The Private Tasting Room also has a window into the adjacent Barrel Room. Overall, the Hospitality area is just under 4,000 square feet including private offices, tasting areas, and large public restrooms.
In addition to its elegance, the Andis building has exceeded California’s stringent Title 24 Energy Compliance requirements by over 15%. This is accomplished first by the building’s site on the land and its shape – a long narrow building on an east-west axis and deep overhangs on three sides to shield the building walls from the hot summer sun. The metal building wall panels are a prefabricated composite panel with R-33 insulative value. The underside of the roof is heavily insulated as well. Windows have been placed carefully to avoid solar heat gain and the storefront employed is thermally insulated Low E glass. The decorative screen wall helps to shade the north side of the building from the early morning and late afternoon sun in the summer months. Equipment, from the HVAC units to the toilet fixtures and light fixtures, have all been selected for their high energy ratings. Careful consideration has been made throughout the design process to successfully merge design and energy efficiency.