CALIFORNIA HOME + DESIGN | April 24, 2017 by Annette Hanami
Positive Energy Flows at Rubin Family Estate in Sebastopol
Forty years after studying oenology and viticulture at UC Davis and over two decades building The Republic of Tea brand, Ron Rubin found the perfect vineyard of Goldridge soils in Sonoma's cooler, Green Valley appellation to produce his own Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. To maximize the potential of the vines into wines, Rubin asked feng shui expert Barbara Lyons Stewart to consult with MBH Architects in creating a new winery, tasting rooms and offices that would enhance the flow of spiritual energy and produce a harmonious, productive environment for all.
According to this ancient art of placement, the greatest energy channeling fame and passion comes from the most open, south-facing and sunny entrances to the building so the team designed two floors of tasting rooms plus winemaker and private offices to face south, with an expanse of large windows and folding NanaWall glass doors on the 2nd floor. In the reception area, tall, narrow windows place a focus on the long view.
Feng shui design emphasizes pleasing patterns and relationships found in nature like the walkways that meander like a river through the mixed plantings, slowing down one’s pace and creating calm. Where there are straight corridors in the building, curved lighting and eye-catching artwork mirror a similar flow.
The light-filled, double-height entry and curved staircase immediately impress, helping to shift guests’ energy from outside to inside, while the contrast of the white and red wine displays against the dark reclaimed wood walls draw guests’ attention to their importance. Throughout the property, there is a yin yang of the old and new, light and dark, and a balance of the elements that create positive energy for guests, staff and the beautiful Pinot Noir wines. Rubin Family of Wines is by appointment only.
Photos courtesy of Misha Bruk