Apparently where you drink your wine is just as important as what is in your glass.
According to Forbes, one winery that pays excruciating attention to its environment’s details is Rubin Family Vineyards and Winery in Green Valley, located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.
Ron Rubin, the winery’s founder, who also owns The Republic of Tea company, explains his philosophy as “sip by sip, rather than gulp by gulp.” His architect Barbara Lyons Stewart AIA, concurs, adding “it’s a balance of yin and yang features.” Stewart suggests everyone down a big glass of feng shui, employing the Five Element Theory to create an infinitely balanced wine drinking sanctuary.
Here’s a rundown of those elements and how they are featured in the winery:
1) In the world of feng shui, there are no straight lines or 90-degree angles because they are not found in nature. Hence, the winery’s ceiling features a curved metal track light line for each corridor.
2) The term “poison arrow” refers to a sharp corner or protruding object, which are considered dangerous in feng shui. Stewart avoids freestanding columns and focuses visitors’ views onto complete walls. Also, round tables are chosen over ones with pointed corners.
3) Because the overall theme of feng shui is balance, Stewart uses a combination of old and new elements such as antique wood and contemporary detailed fixtures throughout the space.
4) Since a first impression is key, the space features large bright red doors. This tactic is an effort to create the “Min Tang” or “bright palace” effect, to catch guests’ eyes and give them a bright welcome.
5) A key element of feng shui is finding the most fertile place on which to construct a building, so Stewart paid close attention to “the Predecessor Human Energy and the natural Earth Energy” positioning the buildings and the vineyard in the most optimal place.
And we always thought of drinking wine as a way to relax! All this complex thought going into the creation of a tasting room seems rather exhausting — hopefully it will drive everyone to drink.