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 twelve acres of vines in Spring of 2022, the Farm Win­ery 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


  • 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.

  • Renderings

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