Construction work on our new public gathering spaces at the Dr. Loosen estate is coming along nicely. This week we reached a “building milestone” with forming the visitor center ceiling.
In these photos you can see the wooden forms for the crossed arches that will form the ceiling of the visitor center’s main level. Our contractor had to bring in a specialized crew from East Germany, since there was no one in the local area who still knows how to build this type of cellar. The arches will be made of bricks laid pretty much the way the Romans would have done it. Then the wooden forms will be removed.
To mark this milestone in the construction, we did a tasting for the crew amidst the supports and braces underneath. In the photo with the tasting bottles you can see a bit of one of the column capitals, each of which is carved to represent one of the six Great Growth vineyards.