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Caymus-Suisun Winery

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson w/ The Bureau + Geldert Studios

Design Team

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Gregory Mottola


Christopher Moore

Project Manager/Senior Associate

Toshiro Ihara

Project Architect/Associate

Kyle Anderston

Project Team

Kay Bromley

Project Team

Sarah Giesenhagen

Creative Director, The Bureau

Thad Geldert

Principal, Geldert Studios

Extended Partners

General Contractor
Cello & Maudru

Bill Maudru
Project Director, Founder

Andy Lapitsky
Senior Project Manager

Allen Whitaker

Adam Smyth
Project Foreman

Ryan Heye
Project Engineer

Structural Engineer
Eckersley O’Callaghan

Mechanical Engineer
Blue Forest Engineering

Civil Engineer
Foulk Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineer
Atium Engineering

Lighting Designer
EJA Lighting Design

Yoshihiro Makino


Acoustic Microperf,
Plain-Sawn White Oak

Slat Walls/Benches
Custom millwork,
Solid Rift White Oak

Polished Concrete

Core Walls
GFR Concrete Wall Panels,
Rift White Oak Plywood

Tasting Counter Materials
Travertine and Reclaimed Elm

Facade Windows + Doors
Blomberg Thermally-broken powder-coated aluminum

Spearhead Microllam engineered lumber and Baltic Birch Plywood


Dean Barger

Debbie Bean/Denvir Enterprises

Retail Shelving Fixtures
Chambers Art and Design

Custom Mirror
Januari/Denvir Enterprises

Woven Baskets
Dunbar Gardens

Custom Bars

Carved Planters
LGS Studio

Potted Plants
LGS studio

The Gardenista

Water Station
Hunt Studios

Light Sculptures
Jerome Pereira

About the Project

Our clients, a multigenerational winemaking family, wanted to create a new hospitality experience in the Suisun Valley, establishing a forward-looking wine culture while celebrating the breathtaking agrarian landscape. Shifting the paradigm on the traditional, prescriptive approach to wine tasting, Caymus-Suisun Winery presents a laid-back, resort-like pavilion offering an exploratory visitor experience across 29 acres.

An elemental palette of hardwoods, ground-face concrete block, engineered timber, and poured concrete establishes a humble yet refined atmosphere. Caymus-Suisun’s ethos of elevated approachability is established by a gallery-like compendium of handmade furnishings, fixtures, and art inspired by the landscape. Most furnishings, fixtures, art, and attire were custom crafted by over 30 creative collaborators and offer points of intrigue and resonance for the visitor, conveying a level of intention and artisanship reflective of our client’s winemaking legacy and pioneering nature.

The tasting room takes the form of a glass pavilion in the landscape, with retractable glass walls and operable transom windows that allow it to open completely to its surroundings. With openings as wide as 30’, the glass sliders in the central tasting space invite the hallmark Suisun Valley breeze to flow through, giving visitors a firsthand experience of the principal climate condition responsible for the region’s distinctive varietal profiles.

Guests enter the tasting room into a casual lounge with a pyramidal oculus overhead that emphasizes dramatic changing light throughout the day. At the pavilion’s west end, the tasting area opens to a terrace capped by a 30-foot-long cantilevered roof hovering weightlessly overhead while focusing views to nearby the mountain range. In contrast to the open tasting pavilion, the welcome and retail building provides an intimate setting, where visitors are greeted by an open-air welcome bar crafted of locally sourced elm and concrete on arrival and return to explore Caymus wines before departure.

From the Judges

Caymus Susuin Winery: Design is quite lovely. The way the light plays into the space is incredibly wonderful. The main tasting room space is the most successful. It’s about an immersive experience. The skylight in the middle allows to play with the light. Very sensorial approach. I would like to go there and will remember the moment. Well integrated with the nature and landscape. A clean presentation.

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