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Saffron Fields Vineyard Unveils Plans for New Tasting Facility

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Unique Oregon Wine Country Experience to Enlighten the Senses

YAMHILL-CARLTON, Ore. (July 2, 2013)Saffron Fields Vineyard invites guests to an experience unlike any other at its new tasting room in the Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA, set to open September 14. Visitors will delight in the inspired, earth-friendly design, the serenity of the Japanese gardens and reflective ponds, the world-class modern art collection, and the chance to taste multiple winemakers’ interpretations of this highly sought-after vineyard’s fruit.

Owners Angela Summers and Sanjeev Lahoti founded Saffron Fields with a unique vision for a winery experience. They have partnered with the best vineyard managers and winemaker to craft stunning, world-class wines, and are now creating a space worthy of showcasing them. Their goal is to provide a tasting experience that becomes a part of their guests’ personal narrative. The tasting room and grounds integrate with the surrounding vineyards to create an atmosphere of reflection and enlightenment.

The Tasting Facility
When envisioning the building, Sanjeev and Angela were inspired by architecture using glass, wood, and water for its ability to evoke emotion through fluidity and serenity. It is designed by the award-winning 2fORM Architecture, known for their ability to integrate constructed spaces with their natural surroundings.

The site originally housed the Laughlin Dairy barn that proved logistically impossible to use as a winery. Working with the Wood is Wonderful Foundation, the beautiful Douglas fir wood comprising the barn was salvaged and much of it incorporated into the new facility. The building features custom interiors by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design and construction by Cellar Ridge Custom Homes.

The Art Collection
The Jewel Box room is the heart of the building. Both avid art enthusiasts and collectors, Angela and Sanjeev have selected pieces for display from their personal collection of contemporary art from world-renowned artists and sculptors. Works by Leo Villareal, Robert Rector, Jennifer Steinkamp, Justin Guariglia, and others adorn the room. “Ideally, art is an active experience,” says Angela. Surrounded by pieces ripe with strong color components and varied texture, interaction between the art and viewer is engaging, inviting viewers to stop, think, and connect.

The Gardens
The aura of enlightenment and serenity at Saffron Fields flows from the interior to the exterior. The multi-purpose tasting room will be surrounded by Japanese gardens designed by Hoichi Kurisu, a world-renowned landscape architect and former director of the Portland Japanese Garden. 

The garden space flows between reflective ponds, circular garden paths, a series of three sculptures, waterfalls, and native Oregon plants, creating a sense of unity with one’s surroundings. As guests walk along the garden paths, they will encounter the tranquil Thales Pond as well as the Helios Pond, featuring breathtaking views of wine country.

One of the focal points for the garden is Jaume Plensa’s Tale Teller II, a life-sized sculpture crafted from stainless steel and stone. For Angela, the piece embodies the Saffron Fields essence. The body of the sculpture comprises letters from different languages, inviting viewers to sit and create their own narrative.

The Wines
One of the vineyard’s earliest customers was prominent Willamette Valley winemaker Tony Rynders, who uses Saffron Fields grapes for his own brand, Tendril, and is now the winemaker for the Saffron Fields label.  The 2010 vintage of the Saffron Fields Pinot noir has been receiving uncommonly good reviews for such a young property.  Other winemakers using Saffron Fields fruit are Chris Berg (Roots), Jay McDonald (EIEIO), and Jerry Murray (formerly at Van Duzer), often in single vineyard designate form.  These wines will be featured in the new tasting room lineup, giving visitors a unique opportunity to discover how the hand of the winemaker influences wines crafted from one vineyard.

From the art, to the tasting room, gardens, and wines themselves, every detail has been carefully considered in order to provide a sensory-driven, contemplative atmosphere for guests to relax and enjoy beautiful wine. Every component is “symbolic of our intent to create an experience that becomes part of the visitor’s personal story,” says Angela.

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About Saffron Fields:
Saffron Fields Vineyard has been providing Pinot noir grapes to premier Oregon wineries since 2009 and producing Saffron Fields wine since 2010. Their highly anticipated tasting room opens in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of the Willamette Valley in September 2013. A tasting room experience unlike any other in Oregon, it will feature inspired design, Japanese gardens, a world-class modern art collection, and the chance to taste multiple winemakers’ interpretations of this sought-after vineyard’s fruit. For more information, visit Saffron Fields at saffronfields.com and Facebook.