In wine circles terroir is a crucial part of the process. A combination of climate, soil and landscape, a sense of place. But how does the other place - the winery, the cellar door, the tasting room - contribute to the enjoyment of wine?
In her book Through the Cellar Door, architect and author Alison Weavers takes the reader to some of Australia's most impressive wineries and vineyards where architecture helps take the experience to the next level.
"First impressions when arriving at any winery are formed by the architecture and design of the building and vineyard," she writes.
From the astonishing d'Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale, inspired by the complexities and puzzles of wine making; to the stone-encased entrance of TarraWarra's public underground barrel room in the Yarra Valley, tucked away on the side of a small hill. Each destination and wine-tasting experience has been enhanced, where winemakers, owners, architects and designers share their personal stories and insights in 40 profiles across regions all across Australia
The Canberra District's Shaw Wines is included among them. Graeme and Ann Shaw purchased Olleyvville in 1998 and decided to build a new cellar door in late 2017 "to enhance the visitor experience to better enjoy our wines through different tasting spaces," business development manager, Karen Shaw, says in the book.
"The design vision had to take advantage of the rural vista and to make an immediate impression on visitors the moment they turned into our driveway."
With a background in building and development Graeme Shaw had worked with Oztal Architects before and they were brought on for the job.
"The resulting design is a bold building that reflects the quality of the wines produced in the vineyard and offers wine experiences in a range of spaces including an open seated tasting room, a relaxing wine lounge and an exclusive private cellar," Weavers writes.
"A robust concrete wedge acts as a central spine to the building and defines the circulation space both linking and separating areas internally. It anchors the building and is expressed externally where it supports a butterfly roof structure that floats above the enclosure."
Shaw Wines envisioned a cellars-door design that would be a must visit regional destination for Canberra cool climate wines.
"Our cellar door was designed to reflect this vision," the family says. "The beauty of the concrete, wood, glass and steel, combined with the vistas galore and award-winning wines makes us a destination to remember."
- Through the Cellar Door: Australia's beautiful wineries and vineyards, their design and architecture, by Alison Weavers. Images Publishing, $70.