Wine Tasting Room Design-Sonoma Style™

Wine Tasting Room Design-Sonoma Style™

My latest project share is a wine tasting room, Sonoma Style™! Designed to reflect the casual down to earth lifestyle in Sonoma county, with a contemporary edge to reflect the owners aesthetic, this project is a collaboration between the owners and myself to showcase the spectacular wines from Paul Mathew Vineyard.

Mat Gustafson-owner and winemaker with his wife Barb Gustafson owner and tasting room manager showcasing their terrific wine in the new tasting room.

This project is a real pleasure as it is located right in my own back yard, literally. One mile from my home and next to my husband’s office, Sonoma County Properties Real Estate, it is in our one block town of Graton, and where our grandkids are now the 8th generation to live in or near. We are invested in our community on many levels.

The one block town of Graton. Paul Mathew’s Wine Tasting room is in the building on the near corner of Graton Rd and Ross Rd.

While completely different in size, scope and style from the Sanford Wine Tasting Room I designed a couple of years ago, Paul Mathew Vineyard truly represents the best of Sonoma County Wine Country-Recently rated as the #1 Wine Destination in the US by Trip Advisor, and by Sunset Magazine as #1 in the Sonoma/Napa wine face off!

Keeping with the practices of our Sonoma County GoLocal-the wine, dining table, retail fixtures and gifts are all bought and made locally.  The dining table in particular was cut and milled sustainably and locally at Sturgens Mill and can seat 18 when side by side, or up to 26 when moved into the main room into one long 24 foot table.

The sustainably harvested red wood slab dining table. Each slab is 12 feet long by 3 feet wide

Along with a chalk board wall (good for upcoming classes and seminars), fish traps turned into chandeliers, and school room chairs, the “dining” room is ready. Barb and Mat Gustafson, who are both sommeliers, have scheduled and put together educational and introductory seminars to appeal to local Slow Food and wine lovers, ranging from:

  • food & wine pairings
  • olive oil tastings
  • local cheese and charcuterie  tastings and pairings
  • and different locavore wine & dine experiences

    the chalk board is an integral part of the school room atmosphere in the dining room

At this point they are open for tastings on week ends (Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 to 4:30) and have held their industry introduction party. Their grand opening will be in January and by then we will hopefully have finished with the retail side of the business; sourcing more local wine accessories and products and setting up the “store” so to speak. In the meantime, wine lovers have the opportunity to enjoy the the wine in the new tasting room.

When the bar is full, there are two comfortable seating areas where you can taste the wine in comfort!

The tasting room, along with the phenomenal wines by Mat, a midwest transplant who earned his wine making wings right here in Sonoma from such luminaries as Merry Edwards Winery, Dutton Estate, and Moshin Vineyard, make Graton a must stop on the wine tour here in Sonoma County!

In the meantime, enjoy a virtual tour of the tasting room with a few before and during pictures. And tell me, would you visit us here in Sonoma County and stop off at Paul Mathew Vineyards wine tasting room? If so, let me know, I’ll meet you there for a glass of wine!

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  1. Carolyn McPolin 9 years ago

    Wow, this is all so exciting. What a great introductory to your tasting room. I wish i was there to come and congratulate you on a job well done and of course to do some tasting!!!

    Way to go guys your tasting room will be a great success I’m sure!!

    Carolyn
    xoxo

  2. Lyn Higgs 9 years ago

    IRENE–YOU DID A BEAUTIFUL JOB ON THE WINERY-AND I RECOGNIZED THE TABLE TOPS –BEAUTIFUL, THICK WOOD SLABS~~
    MUST BE SO REWARDING TO COMPLETE A PRJECT SUCH AS THIS
    AS YOU ALWAYS SAY–CHEERS!!

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