Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, located in the Umpqua Valley, approximately six miles west of Sutherlin, Ore., is the first of its kind in the northwestern U.S. Victory Builders, Roseburg, Ore., the theming contractor, brought its creativity to the building, which includes production, storage, retail, and a unique tasting experience in its wine cave.
The building was constructed in a hillside with concrete masonry block and 832 yards of concrete as its starting point.
The wine cave celing was poured monolithicly with a sloping elevation to achieve a concrete thickness of 14 to 18 inches. An additional slab was poured on top, leaving the finished product as a patio deck with acid etched designs and chemical stains.
Visitors to the winery enter the wine cave through a tunnel, where the walls and ceilings are carved into stone. Inside are three catacombs, each of which is a tasting room.
The tunnel includes wine barrel storage, and the floor is acid etched to complement the cave theme. All of the floor patterns are unique, and were made with custom sawcuts, staining, and etching.
The cave also includes four wall sculptures, which were carved in place while the concrete was still fresh.
Each room was carved with a different architectural carved stone vaulted ceiling. The Victory Room also has a glass fiber reinforced cement (GFRC) trim, which highlights the groin vaulted ceiling and columns.
All exterior and interior walls on this project were made from carved concrete. Each entrance door is accented with carved concrete wood trim. The cap on the upper deck is GFRC. The exit door is highlighted with GFRC columns, cartouche, and arch door trim with the vineyard name etched above the door.
It was crucial that the project be completed in time for the grape harvest. Total completion time was four months.