March 23, 2021 – San Antonio architecture firm Clayton Korte has nestled a wine cellar into the rolling hills of Texas, tucked away in a limestone cave so it disappears into the surrounding landscape.
The cave is located in close proximity to the owner’s ranch, in the rugged countryside around Austin.
The wine cellar includes a tasting room, bar and restroom, as well as a collection of 4,000 bottles stored at an optimal temperature thanks to the colder, subterranean climate.
When local practice Clayton Korte, formerly Clayton & Little, came on to the project, the owners had already excavated a tunnel into the hillside, measuring 18 feet (five metres) tall and 70 feet (21 metres) deep.
Within this opening, the firm inserted a wooden module like a “ship in a bottle”, to create an interior that is both waterproof and human-scale.