PEC Winery

Second Nature: An Agrarian Sublime

This project was born out of a passion for wine, for the lush but rugged landscape along Prince Edward County’s Lake Ontario, and for the inspiring possibilities of both. Planted with twenty acres of vines in Spring of 2022, the Volta Estate Winery (@voltaestate) seeks to be soul enriching, a place for gathering, where one is always among friends sharing in a common passion for fine wine and authentic gastronomic experiences intrinsically tied to their agrarian context.

Key to the winery’s production is that it elevates all that the County has to offer with creativity and commitment. Sustainable, low environmental-impact strategies will define the wine process and facility where the seeming disadvantages of flat terrain, low water, high limestone, and strong wind are harnessed to shape both the site plan and the wine production. The wine will reflect the architecture in its quiet grandness and unexpected beauty while embracing and warming the palette.

The complex is inspired by the informality of Ontario farms now infused with an agrarian sublime that magnetically draws each shed across a covered courtyard. Details of the design are mined from the particulars of its rich site and an inventive approach to the contemporary winery program laden with the passion and hospitality of our clients.

This PEC destination will be fashioned by a desire to welcome and embrace visitors, to offer an escape and share the amazing potential of the cultivated PEC terrain across all seasons.

Project Facts

  • Client

    Volta Estate Winery

  • Location

    Prince Edward County, Ontario

  • Status


  • Sub-Consultant Team

    Landscape — Janet Rosenberg & Studio

    Structural — Blackwell Structural Engineers

    Geotechnical and Hydrogeological — Cambium Inc.

    Civil/ Stormwater/ Mechanical and Electrical — Hallex Engineering Ltd.

    Code — NSP Consultant Inc.

    Archaeological Study — AS&G Archaeological Consulting

    Traffic — Greer Galloway

    Planning — RFA Planning Consultant Inc.

    Sustainability Consultant — Purpose Building

  • Renderings

    Office in Search Of

  • Artist / Graphics

    Graphic Design — Wondermatter
    Art — Christina Del Degan