The Niagara College Teaching Winery is also the Wine Visitor & Education Centre, which is located among the vines in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The building was designed to showcase and promote the wine industry in Niagara, host wine tourism information services, and provide a home for the College’s academic and wine industry programming. The circular plan of the retail space gives the structure a comfortable presence within this rural community, while offering panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and escarpment. The highly creative design differs in character to the surrounding wineries. Although not LEED-certified, this structure incorporates high-performance glass, overhead sun-shade control, an earth-sheltered crush pad, as well as high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems.