Located in the rural agricultural reserves of Montgomery County, Maryland, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard seeks to return a historic bank barn and silo to agricultural use by producing local handcrafted wines within the existing structure and a new state-of-the-art Winemaking Facility.
The site plan design seeks to celebrate the renovated barn by creating a new “forecourt” to organize the operational requirements of the winemaking process and approach views from Comus Road, a tree-lined byway. The renovated barn includes public and private tasting areas, along with winery offices. Large, new doors open from the tasting room to an outdoor terrace with views of the Winemaking Facility, adjacent vineyards, and Sugarloaf Mountain.
The new metal and glass Winemaking Facility is partially banked into the earth and faces onto the new “forecourt” emitting a soft glow at night from within the glazed fermentation room as a beacon for the vineyard toward Comus Road.