Bently Heritage Distillery
Located in a fertile valley in the high, cold desert of northwestern Nevada, Bently Heritage will be a new sustainable estate distillery that produces world-class spirits from grain and botanicals grown at the neighboring Bently Ranch. The distillery will be housed in a restored historic flour mill and creamery that sit on an approximately 7-acre site in the small town of Minden. The facility will be open to the public for tours and tastings, and the outdoor spaces will accommodate a range of public and community uses.
Working with Eight Inc., MBLA developed a rational, elegant site plan that consolidates the most active pedestrian spaces along the mill building, while accommodating the considerable circulation and parking needs of visitor and distillery traffic throughout the site. A generous open plaza with a mature specimen tree, an intricate garden featuring botanicals used in the spirits, an open event lawn, and a restored historic train car comprise the active pedestrian axis north of the mill building. Along the north and west borders of the property, a wide swath of native meadow brings the species and spirit of the adjacent wilder conservation lands all the way to the property’s main entry point.