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2021 RDAA | Architectural Interiors | Hill Country Wine Cave | Clayton Korte

On a 3,000-acre family ranch in eastern Texas, a small hill rises above a bend in the Blanco River. The family has a number of projects underway on their property at any given time, and one of them was digging into the hill in search of a natural cave. They wanted to build a wine cellar…

Residential Design Magazine

‘Destination’ Hotel Coming to Historic Strip of Fredericksburg, a Texas Daytrip Hotspot

ld and new will join hands in a hotel complex planned for the middle of historic Fredericksburg and slated to open in the summer of 2022. As visualized by Austin’s New Waterloo hospitality group, the Albert Hotel will occupy what is now mostly fallow land between East Main and East Austin streets. No historic structures will…

Austin360 | Austin American-Statesman

Forget basement wine cellars. Step into this Texan wine bunker built into the side of a hill.

August 13, 2021 – Keeping bottles of fine vino, whether for investment or pleasure, is finicky business. It demands stringency and stability in an environment to thereby breed vivacity and excitement – over a month, a year, or a decade. Such storage isn’t for its own sake, after all. One must be able to inspect (or remove) bottles…

The Peak Magazine - Singapore

Hill Country Wine Cave and Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn Shortlisted in The Plan Award 2021

August 5, 2021 – We are pleased to share that our projects Hill Country Wine Cave and Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn have both been shortlisted in The Plan Award 2021.

The Plan 2021

Step Inside the World’s Most Incredible Private Wine Cave

August 2, 2021 – What do you do if you own a spot of land in the Texas hill country? Especially when those hills are solid limestone? You could always borrow a page from San Antonio architecture firm Clayton Korte and embed a wine cellar into the hillside, making it disappear into the surrounding landscape….

Man of Many

A Hidden Cave Might Just Be The World’s Coolest Wine Cellar

July 14, 2021 – Every now and then, you encounter a wine cellar designed with a little more than bare-boned functionality in mind. Wine cellars that sweep you off your feet, pulls up a chair, and invites you to stay a while – like the Clayton Korte Hill Country Wine Cave.

Boss Hunting

Step Inside the World’s Coolest Private Wine Cave

July 12, 2021 – Deep within Texas along a secluded bend of the Blanco River, you’ll find a glimmer of modern architecture hidden amongst a solid limestone hillside. It’s unassuming, mysterious even. But beyond the front doors reveals the ultimate private wine cave.


A Secret Cellar for Glass and Design Connoisseurs Inhabits the Hidden Underground of Texas

July 13, 2021 – Nestled in the rocky landscape of San Antonio, Texas, hidden in a limestone quarry like a precious stone lost in time. This is how the Hill Country Wine Cave presents itself , a place dedicated to wine that makes tasting a moment of discovery away from the beaten path, a mysterious place, almost a secret club for…

Elle Decor

Clayton Korte Architecture Firm Designs An Off-The-Grid Agricultural Building In California

June 27, 2021 – Located in the Templeton Gap area of West Paso Robles, California, this simple agricultural storage structure rests at the toe of the 50-acre James Berry Vineyard and the adjacent winery sitting just over 800 feet away. This structure is completely self-sufficient and operates independently from the energy grid, maximizing the structure’s…

Design Nuance

Clayton Korte Transform an Excavated Cave in Texas into an Elegant Wine Cellar

June 19, 2021 – Embedded into a forested hillside in Texas Hill Country known for its scenic expanse of rolling hills, grasslands, spring-fed rivers and lakes located in central Texas, this extraordinary private wine cellar by Austin and San Antonio-based architects Clayton Korte takes wine tasting to another level.


An Amazing Wine Cellar Built Inside a Mountain

June 16, 2021 – We generally build from the bottom up, against the force of gravity. Doing so requires first preparing the ground –cleaning and leveling it–, and then fixing on it a structure that rests on the subsoil and rises into the air. On this, bricks, ceilings, beams and windows are added to finish in a…

Revista AXXIS

Hill Country Wine Cave Disappears Within the Native Landscape

June 16, 2021 – Located at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, this private wine cave by Clayton Korte serves as a destination along a secluded bend of the Blanco River. Excavated into the north face of a solid limestone hillside, this shotcrete lined tube is protected on the east and west by tall oak and…


Clayton Korte Overhauls Mid-Century Office Building in Austin

June 12, 2021 – Enlarged windows and felt-covered walls are among the elements in a 1960s office building refurbished by Texas firm Clayton Korte, which occupies part of the structure. The project, called Design Office, is located just north of downtown Austin, along one of the city’s main thoroughfares. It houses two studios – one for Clayton Korte, formerly Clayton & Little,…


Clayton Korte Reveals Design for Herrera Law Office

June 10, 2021 – Clayton Korte has revealed its designs for the Hererra Law Office, a new courtyard-style building surrounded by live oak trees in Austin, Texas. After years of renting office space in downtown Austin, the clients wanted to invest in a permanent home for their boutique utility and administrative law practice.  


Former Warehouse Now Is Texas Campus of the Culinary Institute of America

June 1, 2021 – Savor is a place to educate students in the culinary arts. Operated by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Savor functions as a full-service teaching restaurant where students learn and hone their skills while working with professional chefs, restaurateurs and teachers. Savor is located within the Pearl, a former historic brewery in San…



May 28, 2021 – Hill Country Wine Cave is a private rock-cut winery designed by Clayton Korte’s team of professionals. The property is located in the eastern part of the Texas Hill Country, between Austin and San Antonio, on a bend in the Blanco River, at the foot of an impressive limestone hill. The architects dug the…

The Plan

Hidden in a Cave

May 24, 2021 – An abandoned cave in Texas has been re-purposed to create a deceptively spacious private wine cellar. This private wine cave is a stealth destination along a secluded bend in the Blanco River in Texas, USA. An existing 19 ft tall and 70 ft deep cave that was not water tight provided…

Enki June 2021

Hill Country Wine Cave / Clayton Korte

May 21, 2021 – Our Hill Country Wine Cave featured on ArchDaily, ArchDaily Brazil, and ArchDaily Spain. Located at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, this private wine cave serves as a destination along a secluded bend in the Blanco River. Excavated into the north face of a solid limestone hillside, this shotcrete-lined…


Commodore Perry Estate in Attitude Magazine

May 15th, 2021 – We are happy to see our Commodore Perry Estate project in the Poetic Issue of Attitude Magazine. Pick up the latest issue to read more about this project and see the other beautiful features.

Attitude Magazine

Clayton Korte designs Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn in California

May 14, 2021 – Located in the Templeton Gap area of West Paso Robles, California, Brian Korte, Josh Nieves, Derek Klepac, and Brandon Tharp’s simple agricultural storage structure rests below the 50-acre James Berry Vineyard and the adjacent Saxum Winery sitting just over 800 feet away. Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn won a recent 2021 Green…

Global Design News

Ten design-led wineries and tasting pavilions from across the United States and Canada

May 10, 2021 – From a cave-like wine tasting room dug into a Texan hillside to a British Columbia winery clad in weathering steel, here are ten wineries with impressive architecture from across the US and Canada. San Antonio architecture studio Clayton Korte build this wine cave into a tunnel carved into the limestone hills…


2021 Residential Design Architecture Awards Winner

May 1, 2021 – We are thrilled that our Hill Country Wine Cave has been recognized as an Honor Award winner in the 2021 Residential Design Architecture Awards. Congratulations to our Texas neighbors who have also been honored, and all of the other award winners! RDAA received more than 370 entries from the top firms…

Residential Design Architecture Awards Winners

Luxe RED Awards 2021 National Winner

April 25, 2021 – We are proud to share that our Hill Country Wine Cave project has won the National Luxe Magazine RED Awards for the Wow-Factor Room category. A destination along a bend in the Blanco River in the Texas Hill Country, this private wine cave is excavated into a limestone hillside flanked by…

Luxe Magazine's RED Awards

Clayton Korte Embeds Cavernous Winery within Excavated Stone Hillside

April 24, 2021 – Located at the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country, this private wine cave by Clayton Korte is nestled into a secluded bend of the Blanco River. Excavated into the north face of a solid limestone hillside, this shotcrete lined tube is protected on the east and west by tall oak…


Texas Hill Country Wine Cave | A Trove of Treasures Nestled into the Hillside

April 22, 2021 – We can’t think of a better hideaway than a custom wine cave tucked into the hillside. With storage enough for 4000 bottles of wine in the expansive private cellar located at the back of the cave, this Texas Hill Country Wine Cave is truly a wine lover’s private paradise. Located at…


2021 Green Good Design Award

April 21, 2021 – Our Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn has won a 2021 Green GOOD DESIGN® Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The original GOOD DESIGN® founded in Chicago in 1950 program remains the oldest and most important Awards Program…

The Good Design Awards

Ridge Oak Residence in G&G Magazine

April 16, 2021 – Originally built in 1950, prominent Austin architect Howard R. Barr, FAIA, designed this mid-century modern gem in the heart of Austin’s Highland Park neighborhood in the late 1940’s. When Clayton Korte repeat clients bought it from Barr’s son in 2016, they hired the firm to design a complete renovation and new…

G&G Magazine

The 2021 Home & Design Awards

April 3, 2021 – Just as the landscape of San Antonio and its surrounding areas varies drastically, so too does the range of architecture and design found in the neighborhoods of our sprawling metro area, from modern urban abodes and historic renovations to expansive suburban estates and countryside farmhouses. There’s also no shortage of talented…

San Antonio Magazine

The winery carved out of the hills of the Texas Hill Country

March 29, 2021 – In the Texas Hill Country region, stretching between Austin and San Antonio, in one of the many hills that grace the landscape, the Hill Country Wine Cave, a winery literally carved out of the rock, has just been completed. Architectural studio Clayton Korte designed this winery for a private client who lives on a ranch not…

Staycation Series | Commodore Perry Estate Presents a World of Contemporary Glamour and Whimsy

March 28, 2021 – We simply can’t think of a more beautiful place for a weekend getaway. The Commodore Perry Estate in Austin, Texas, is a modern interpretation of a residential estate from yesteryear, where guests are invited to sit back, celebrate and inspire thoughtful conversation. It gives you the feeling of visiting a friend’s estate…


Clayton Korte embeds hidden wine cave into Texas hillside

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,…


Architecture of the Underground: 6 Modern Cave Dwellings Inspired by Ancient History

March 17, 2021 – Dark, warm and weatherproof, you would be forgiven for assuming that the humble cave dwelling would have made for the perfect shelter, long before the days of floor plans and plasterboard. However, it may come as a surprise to some that the club-bearing, smock-wearing, bear-footed cavemen — regularly on show in…


Modern Glamour

March 10, 2021 – Clayton Korte in collaboration with Moule & Polyzoides, interior Ken Fulk Inc., and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, has redesigned Commodore Perry Estate bringing back the historic components of the property to their former glory in the heart of Austin.  Originally the home of Edgar and Lutie Perry, this 10-acre estate was…

G&G Magazine

Clayton Korte Reveals Design for Texas Winery

March 10, 2021 – Austin- and San Antonio-based architecture and design firm Clayton Korte has revealed its simple-yet-sexy design for a new winery in Medina, Texas. Spread across nearly 7,300 square feet, the Medina Winery will incorporate the masonry walls of an existing barn and goat shed to yield a range of diverse spaces under one gabled…

Hospitality Design

TxA Shelter in Place One-Day Virtual Workshop

March 2, 2021 – The Design Conference presents Shelter in Place, a one-day, interactive workshop featuring our very own, Emily Little, FAIA, along with Gary Cunningham, FAIA, Mell Lawrence, FAIA, and Cade Hayes and Jesus Robles, Jr. Pending approval for up to 4 LU/HSW credits. Register at the link below.

TxA Shelter in Place Workshop

Medina Winery

February 26, 2020 – By incorporating the masonry walls of an existing barn and goat shed, the Medina winery design concept reflects a farmer’s approach to winery operations – a facility that embodies pragmatism, simplicity and flexibility. The 7,271-square-foot layout organizes a diverse collection of spaces under a large gabled roof. The existing masonry walls enclose…


Partner Profile: Nathan Quiring, AIA

February 24, 2021 – Nathan Quiring, AIA, has been a valuable member of the team at Clayton Korte for the past fifteen years. In addition to a balanced portfolio of residential and commercial projects, Nathan leads public works architecture projects which support Clayton Korte’s interest in enhancing public spaces and bringing communities together. Nathan’s grasp…

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All Together Now

February 18, 2021 – In the mid-2010s, development in Austin, Texas, was on an upswing. The combination of a flourishing urban center and low cost of doing business had earned the city the number two spot as a “market to watch” from the Urban Land Institute in 2015 – a designation Paul Clayton was painfully…

AN Interior


February 13, 2021 – Esta impresionante mansión está ubicada en Austin, Texas. Originalmente fue diseñada por el arquitecto Henry Bowers Thompson en los años veinte, como un oasis de descanso en el centro de la ciudad, inspirada en los viajes por Europa de los antiguos propietarios, con jardines y estética italiana. Está rodeada de terrazas, parterres y fuentes,…

Elle Decor

New Life for Austin’s Commodore Perry Estate

February 11, 2021 – In the end the 1920s-era home in Austin, designed by architect Henry Bowers Thomson for clients Edgar and Lutie Perry, was too much. When Edgar Perry sold the 10-acre estate and its 10,600-square-foot residence in 1944, he said the mansion was “a great place to throw a party, but too big…

Architects + Artisans

Commodore Perry Estate Featured in AD Russia

February 5, 2021 – В техасском городе Остин появился новый отель с богатой историей. Commodore Perry Estate расположился в неоклассическом здании усадьбы, некогда принадлежавшей магнату Эдгару Перри. Элегантный дом с аркадами и классическими колоннами, расписными стенами и лепниной был построен в 1917–1928 годах архитектором Генри Боуэрсом Томпсоном. Постройку и стоящий рядом каретный двор окружают старые деревья, фонтаны, несколько регулярных садов и террас, а вся усадьба…

Architectural Digest Russia

ArchDaily 2021 Building of the Year Vote

January 29, 2021 – We are very pleased to announce that our Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn has been nominated for the ArchDaily 2021 Building of the Year award in the Industrial Architecture category. Click the link below to vote for our project.

ArchDaily 2021 Building of the Year

Luxe Magazine’s RED Readers’ Choice Awards Vote

January 29, 2021 – We are honored to share that our Hill Country Wine Cave has been nominated for Luxe Magazine’s RED Readers’ Choice Awards Wow-Factor Room category. If you agree that this private wine cave embedded into a solid limestone hillside is wow-factor-worthy, please take a moment to vote for our project – link…

Luxe Magazine's RED Readers’ Choice Awards

Clayton Korte Unveils ‘Flora’ Dining Venue Concept in Houston, Texas

January 28, 2021 – Clayton Korte has unveiled its designs for Flora, a sophisticated new dining venue concept in Houston, Texas. From high-quality ingredients to hand-made tortillas, from lush plant life to the patio and lively music, Flora is conceived as a fresh approach to Mexican food making this Houston restaurant and bar the perfect…


Principal Brian Korte Receives Alumni Award from UTSA

January 27, 2021 – We are happy to share that Principal Brian Korte FAIA received a Meritorious Achievement in Architecture Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Architecture, Construction and Planning during their virtual awards event today. Brian received his BFA in Architecture from The University of Texas at…

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Sam Manning: Texas Architect and Clayton Korte Partner

January 20, 2021 – Today Clayton Korte recognizes Sam Manning, AIA, who is celebrating ten years with the firm. Named partner in 2016 after demonstrating his exceptional talents in the field, Sam is a Texas architect who is committed to creating distinguished architecture and design. Involved in countless projects that have contributed to the firm’s…

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Eberly in Austin, Texas by Clayton Korte

January 13, 2021 – Our Eberly project featured on Amazing Architecture. Clayton Korte: Eberly, inspired by sources both humble and lofty, marries a former 1970s print shop building with a salvaged bar from the storied Cedar Tavern in New York’s Greenwich Village to create a sophisticated bar, cafe and restaurant in central Austin.

Amazing Architecture

January Newsletter: Back to the Drawing Board

January 5, 2021 – For countless reasons, 2020 was quite a year. Amidst it all, we celebrated the firm’s 15 year anniversary and changed our name to Clayton Korte. Rather than looking back, we are looking forward to all that’s ahead as we continue to create rich places that respond to local context, connect to…

January Newsletter

Clayton Korte and Ten Eyck reveal design updates to Pease Park in Austin

December 31, 2020 – The project here, with design completed in collaboration with Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, affects the park’s southernmost tip, affectionately referred to as its “recreational heart and cultural soul” and is the first to be implemented from the Master Plan…


Design Office on Archello

December 30, 2020 – Located on North Lamar Boulevard just north of downtown Austin, Clayton Korte’s office embodies the firm’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and to fostering discourse in the design community. Officially named Design Office, the mid-century office space is home to two design practices, Clayton Korte and Word + Carr Design Group, a…