It’s not yet certain when this structure was first built, sometime during the early Twentieth Century. It was originally designed as a bin— set onto great 6 inch by 6 inch stilts— for holding the stems, leaves and pomace (or pulp) that necessarily accumulated throughout the winemaking crush— all bi-products in the production of wine.

The Tower

If you stand to one side you can see the slanted floor of the bin overhead, and at the front two hatch doors can be seen. After the harvest is in and the crush is done, the hatch doors would be opened and the contents released into wagons waiting below, and they would then be carried back into the vineyard to be used as mulch.

After Charles Beardsley had purchased the Village from the Pagani family in 1969, a cabin was built into the base of this structure, with windows to provide a studio and gallery for a local stained glass artist. Over the half century since then it has been a studio for many creative people, including weavers, potters, sculptors, collage artists, writers, and scholars.