Surry Community College

North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology

Dobson, NC

Project Type

Higher Education, Science & Technology


20,000 Square Feet

Design Services

Architecture, Brand Experience, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Site Design, Sustainability

The NC Center for Viticulture and Enology facility serves as a catalyst for the state’s burgeoning wine industry.

With its design inspired by the agrarian landscape of a vineyard and the wine-making process, this center is known for being the first of its kind east of the Mississippi. Serving as a gateway to the North Carolina wine country, the teaching laboratory and demonstration model for the state’s burgeoning wine industry supports a commercially bonded and student-run winery.

Design Awards

  • AIA charlotte Honor Award
  • Architectural Portfolio Special Citation for Specialized Facility
  • Architectural Portfolio Work in Progress Citation
Conceptual Design Drivers

The proportions, materiality and details of the facility play off the contrasts between Viticulture (variety, atmospheric fluctuations, uncontrollability, and unpredictability) and Enology (order, control, precision, and rigor) to create an environment that addresses the fascinating wine making process.