Redstone Winery is a finalist at the 2016 OAA Awards.
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Redstone Winery is a finalist at the 2016 OAA Awards

View towards the outdoor Terrace and into the Main Dining Room of Redstone Winery

Best in Architecture and Design were revealed as Ontario Association of Architects released its 2016 Design Excellence finalists

Demonstrating the best in architectural design and innovation, finalists of the 2016 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards feature Canada’s top projects by Ontario architects, ranging from contemporary public libraries to thoughtfully-designed private residences. This year, our Redstone Winery is among the finalists for the Design Excellence Award and featured on the OAA Blog


The Architecture of Redstone Winery 

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Beamsville along the southern shore of Lake Ontario, Redstone Winery Restaurant and Hospitality Centre offers an inviting facility that includes a VIP tasting room, a seasonally-inspired restaurant and a patio overlooking the vineyard. Conceived by Moray Tawse, the same mind behind the award-winning Tawse Winery, Redstone unites traditional wine-making techniques with state-of-the-art technology to create bio-dynamic, organic wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character.

View into the Tasting Room of Redstone Winery
View from the road of Redstone Winery
Redstone Winery site plan

The design concept focuses on a seamless weaving of building and landscape—predominantly rows of grape vines. With a restaurant and a planned amphitheatre, it is designed to pull in visitors from Toronto—an hour away, and other provinces, providing them with a generous event space and a home-like environment to spend quality time with family and friends. 

Inspired by its surrounding, the architecture responds to both the aspirations of winery and heightened passion for great food. It combines a simple, natural material palette with innovative new technology such as “dynamic” glass that reacts to the solar conditions. Together they provide unparalleled energy efficiency. Moreover, the innovative Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) system, employed as both structure and finish, allows for welcoming, open spaces throughout.

A series of fieldstone walls run parallel to the rows of vines recount the foundation walls of Ontario barns. These walls frame the main Dining and Tasting Rooms, which are lightly bounded by dynamic “view” glass walls. Simple volumes clad in reclaimed barn board and silo steel intersects the stone walls, enclosing space and defining routes for visitors. The other employed materials are those found in agricultural context—barn board and galvalume—and the forms are reminiscent of silos and long fence rows. 

The scale and proportion of space heightens and enhances both the collective and personal experience of this wonderful place.

The main Dining Room showcasing the CLT roof structure
Main Dining Room with view towards the vineyard to the north
View into the Private Dining Room
VIew of the Tasting Room and the Retail area beyond
View of the Terrace and the Main Dining Room

The opening of Redstone Winery marked only the beginning of its life—one that, much like its product, gets better with time.


Project Team

Developer: CRAFT Development, Tawse Winery Inc.
Architect: Sweeny&Co Architects
Structural Engineer: Blackwell
General Contractor: DeAngelis Construction
Landscape Designer: Shademaster
Mechanical + Electrical: Smith + Andersen


All photos have been shot by doublespace photography.