Fire Rebuild: Paradise Ridge Winery

September 28, 2018

The October 2017 Tubbs fire blazed a broad path of destruction as it swept through the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa. One of only a few wineries to sustain damage, the Paradise Ridge Winery lost 8 structures including their Event Center/Tasting Room. This beloved building hosted numerous events over the years such as wine tastings, weddings and other formal celebrations, including regular events such as Wines and Sunsets. Ask most visitors and they will tell you it’s the stunning views of the Santa Rosa Plain from the deck and patios that are most memorable.

Paradise Ridge Winery Event Center

TLCD Architecture was selected to work with Paradise Ridge to rebuild the Event Center based on it’s original footprint but with important changes that comply with the Wildland-Urban Interface guidelines. Noncombustible Oko-skin panel siding has been added to the north and south elevations to accent the gable end walls. The west deck and overhang supports have been redesigned to offer a higher degree of detail, including gabion (stone) walls between the paired steel columns.

Paradise Ridge Winery Event Center

Paradise Ridge Winery Event Center

The concrete tile roof has been replaced with a standing seam metal roof, one of several measures to provide the building with a more regionally appropriate, agricultural feel. Two roof monitors have been added and will bring natural light into the building.

Other changes include a newly designed Sunset Terrace and renovation of the Poetry Terrace, where weddings are often held, along with replacement of trees and plants destroyed by fire. The re-envisioned Sunset Terrace, previously a deck, will be expanded into a concrete patio which is elevated to the level of the building entry, providing outdoor space for visitors to enjoy the views that Paradise Ridge is so famous for.

Paradise Ridge Winery Event Center

In working with the owners at Paradise Ridge, TLCD felt the public had strong ties to the old building. The goal was to keep the new design recognizable while respecting it’s 25-year history as one of Sonoma County’s premier hospitality and winery venues. The estimated completion is fall/winter 2019.