THE WINERY BUILDING

The winery building is one of the most spectacular buildings in the Gulf Islands. Construction started in August 2010, and was completed in June 2011. The architect, Katherine Ronan is a noted local professional. It is located directly across from Little Tribune Bay.

The winery has a one thousand square foot wine cellar, full of German made stainless steel tanks and special cooling equipment. The wine making method is the same practiced at the leading wineries in Germany. A cold fermentation  process guarantees that all the flavour in the grapes will stay in the wine.

The cellar ceiling is all natural wooden beams, The 450 tons of concrete used in the construction of the walls and floor, plus the 12 foot depth, guarantee the wine will mature undisturbed by temperature fluctuations  and vibrations.

The main level of the winery features spectacular rammed earth walls. The material, mostly yellow sand and clay, came from the excavation for the cellar. There is a 200 square foot breezeway, a 480 square foot tasting room, a kitchen and outside decks.

Like some of the existing wood architecture here, the new winery will appear to have ‘risen from the soil,’ on an island that values its natural heritage.

The crush pad, on the North side, is enclosed with more rammed earth will serve as the main focus of activity at harvest, when the grapes are brought in, and pressed in whole bunches to capture the greatest flavour and none of the bitterness of the grape seed. 

Glass is used extensively for enclosing the tasting room, to take advantage of the spectacular views of Little Tribune Bay, and the islands beyond. The tasting room features a wood burning fireplace with double sided glass doors, so visitors in the cooler months can enjoy the wood fire both in the tasting room, and outside on the deck, facing the ocean

The building is handicapped accessible, with a handicapped washroom. .


 

Little Tribune Farm and Winery
6160 Central Rd. Hornby Island B.C.
250 335 2189