OUR DIFFERENCE

Thoughtful design informed by hands-on understanding.

The Ferar Wine & Spirits Studio has been involved in the design and master planning of more than 75 wineries and distilleries throughout the Pacific Northwest, nationally, and internationally. Our studio was founded nearly 30 years ago with a passion for design that occurs at the intersection of landscape and architecture. Through hands-on experience working at local wineries and distilleries, we have developed a broad understanding of the fermentation, distilling, and aging process, as well as a strong familiarity with the equipment required to insure efficiency and the highest quality product.

OUR DIFFERENCE

Thoughtful design informed by hands-on understanding.

The Ferar Wine & Spirits Studio has been involved in the design and master planning of more than 75 wineries and distilleries throughout the Pacific Northwest, nationally, and internationally. Our studio was founded nearly 30 years ago with a passion for design that occurs at the intersection of landscape and architecture. Through hands-on experience working at local wineries and distilleries, we have developed a broad understanding of the fermentation, distilling, and aging process, as well as a strong familiarity with the equipment required to insure efficiency and the highest quality product.

“Perhaps your greatest strength from a winery design standpoint is your intricate knowledge of the winemaking process which shows in your practical design applications throughout the winery.”

– Gary Figgins | Winemaker Owner, Leonetti

Bringing the Dream to Life

From concept idea to grand opening, we’ll work with you through the entire process to achieve your dream project. Our services are not just limited to architecture, but also include site selection, equipment sizing and configuration, tasting room and interior design, landscape design, building code compliance, and more.

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AWARD WINNING CASE STUDY

Abbott Claim Winery

Recognized by the DJC Top Projects Awards, Abbott Claim Winery is a thoughtful expression in built form of the rolling hills and beauty of Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton region. The building is an accomplishment in meeting seemingly opposing objectives: to be an efficient wine production and aging facility, but also to have an understated serenity to the whole by concealing all piping and mechanical systems. The facility’s form and materials blend with the surrounding hills. Despite being partially underground, the building takes every opportunity to introduce natural light.

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OUR DESIGN PRINCIPLES

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Design for Flexibility

Through hands-on experience working at local wineries and distilleries, we have developed a broad understanding of the fermentation, distilling, and aging process, as well as a strong familiarity with the equipment required to insure efficiency and the highest quality product. Just as buildings evolve over time, winery spaces serve different functions depending on the season. The crush pad may serve as a dining terrace, fermentation rooms can become banquet halls, and barrel rooms can transform into intimate dining rooms.

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Sustainability

Our approach incorporates the latest in sustainable designs to create a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding environment. From durable material selection to high-efficiency mechanical systems, our designs are easy to maintain, focused on longevity, and respectful of their environs.

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Enhance the Brand

We see architectural expression as an opportunity to reinforce the character of a winery’s brand. We’ll develop design options that are unique to your character, site, and vision.

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Thoughtful Site Circulation

Maintaining a focus on functionality, we understand that wineries must accommodate the movement of visitors, truck traffic and pedestrians. Site circulation is never an afterthought.

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Terroir-Informed Design

Our approach to winery design is informed by the concept of terroir. Just as the character of a landscape defines a wine, we believe it should also be central to the design of a winery. The site location, climactic adaptations, and local character provide endless inspiration.

TRUSTED EXPERTISE

Winery Design Team Members

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Dan Van Calcar

Dan Van Calcar

Managing Principal

Larry Ferar director wine and spirits

Larry Ferar

Director of Wine & Spirits

Reed Lewis technical director wine and spirits

Reed Lewis

Technical Director

Wayne van Loon

Wayne van Loon

Associate Principal

Caitlin Poliak design professional

Caitlin Poliak

Project Manager

SELECTED WORK

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OUR THINKING

Industry Insights

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Abbott Claim Winery Takes Home 2nd Place at the DJC TopProjects Awards

Abbott Claim Winery won the second highest award in the category of Hospitality at the DJC Oregon’s TopProjects event.

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DJC Oregon: Planting a Seed for Winery Design

Soderstrom Architects has capitalized on an opportunity to expand its range by adding Ferar Studio, specialists in winery and distillery design.

IN THE NEWS

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