Hill Winery •
Hamlet Hill Winery was designed in 1980-81
and built in 1981. The building features a circular
design, and is set into a hillside.
Taking advantage of this siting, all wine production is on the lower
level, while all tour and tasting activities take place on the upper
of its “earth-solar” construction, the main production
space needs no artificial heating or cooling. In addition to the
design and construction supervision, Howard Bursen Consulting also
took charge of the Federal and State licensing process, and procured
all winemaking equipment. As consulting winemaker at Hamlet Hill,
we produced wines which received over 60 awards for excellence in
national and international competitions. For example, Hamlet Hill’s
Riesling wine took first prize at the San Francisco International
Wine Competition. Hamlet Hill’s vineyards were also planted
and managed by Howard Bursen Consulting.
Original plans called for a production capacity
of 20,000 gallons. In subsequent years an addition, also designed
by Howard Bursen Consulting, allowed a doubling of production.
Challenge • How to provide
excellent visitor access without high costs.
• Without sacrificing
expensive production space, an upper level tour path provided full
visitor access and no disruption of winemaking operations. Construction
cost savings: $90,000.
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