All Things Wine, Part Two

Part One of All Things Wine was about different pieces, large and small, that La Puerta Originals has done in regard to wine storage.  Here in Part Two I am going to be featuring doors that have something to do with wine, whether they be wine cellar doors, tasting room doors, wine closet doors, wine storage gates, etc.  Boy was it tough to whittle down to the ones I am going to feature here.  There were so many great doors, but I tried to go with a nice variety of styles.

I ended part one with a sneak peak, the interior installation photo of a wine cellar door, and I begin this second part with the exterior shot. The photographs, by Eric Swanson, evoke much of what La Puerta Originals is all about.  Using antique material we are able to produce a stable product that features modern, working hardware – really, a fully functional antique.  The look and the feel of the product is truly unique.

This door is constructed with an antique Mexican mesquite door discretely adorned with fine clavos.

It is made into an arched entry set into a heavy jamb and once installed into the stone wall gives the feel of an aged European wine cellar – in a newly constructed house north of Los Angeles!

Also in Southern California, we have these heavy, double wine cellar doors.

They too are made with antique Mexican doors, although I am not sure if they were mesquite.

My favorite part is on the left side, the jagged cross piece, between the two panels.


This door is of a similar scale and feel, but it has a very unusual detail.

At first glance it is apparent that there is an operable inner door that opens into the room.  But if you look again (clicking on the photo to see it larger), you will see that there are pull rings on either side of that inner door, and that these are double doors that open out, presumably with the inner door swinging out with the door on the left.  That would have been a good one to show in action, but this was made some time ago and this is the only photo we have.  The novelty of operation is not the only thing that makes this door magnificent.  It is crafted with reclaimed heavy timbers, making it very substantial.  The details in the wood, the heft of the door, its unique functionality – it really is one of a kind.

Here is another bad picture of a fabulous door:

This, to me, also has a rather European feel to it.  This would be a good one to click to see the details, because it has some great ones:  original antique iron strapping, pull rings set into cast escutcheons and really nice raised carving.  It kills me when the quality of the photo is this bad.  Those escutcheons are probably cast in the shape of a lion or something, but we will never know…

Staying with the unfortunate old photographs, this is one of my favorite doors.  I can imagine it in a Hungarian monastery (I guess The Historian – that was a fun read – stuck with me), but it is a wine cellar door.  Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the raw material used to create the door, but it looks to me as though it is created with a pair of antique doors with an astragal, that the crosses were not original to the doors, and that these are set into a frame of reclaimed woods.  Don’t quote me on that, it is just my guess.

I think it is quite fitting for a wine cellar door to be very rustic, and here are a couple with a similar detail.  The first features a lot of original antique iron strapping, much of it vertical, with clavos interspersed.  I have no idea the origin, but to me it has a Mediterranean feel.

The second has similar strapping with clavos, although with the rusted patina, the contrast is not as striking – it probably would have been too much with two doors.

The back of the door features the wrap around ends of the strapping and dozens of nail ends.  Comparing the front to the back, the nails do not correspond to the strapping or the clavos, as is often seen, so I am assuming that the nails are holding the cross pieces of wood onto the foundation door panel.

This door is also rather primitive.  It reminds me of black and white African fabric prints, but the carving is actually Nuristani.

This door was created using the intricately carved header piece of an antique surround, complete with original iron clavos, also from Pakistan, though a different region.  It is set into a frame of antique woods, deftly finished to match the patina of the panel.

The back of the door is really great.  You can see the markings of the hand tools used to create the original antique panel.

And we even have an install shot.  Kind of a difficult angle to photograph, but you get the idea.

Here is another wine cellar door whose back competes with the front of the door.

I can’t decide which I like better.  I like the stripes on the front, and the differing patinas, but I also like the cross pieces in the back.  This must be an incredibly heavy door.  There is overlay on the front, overlay on the back and a hefty jamb.  It’s one of those things where the more you look at it, the more you like it.  Well, I do anyway.

The next door was created using an antique mesquite Mexican door.

It was carved into an arched panel and set into a frame of reclaimed woods.  The original green finish was enhanced with other colors, a peep was cut and set with custom grillwork, and the resulting door is just spectacular.

It is a celebration of the original door in all its weathered glory.  It is fun to look at the raw material photo and find the details of the original door, like the knothole on the left, in the finished work.

This wine tasting room entry is created with an arching inlay of antique carved fragments and custom carving on the center panels.


This wine cellar door was crafted using an antique door en todo, framed in reclaimed woods.  As the styles of the doors vary, so too do the uses for wine cellars.  Some are strictly wine storage, some are for storage and tasting, and others, as we see,

peeking into this room, are places for social gatherings, with comfortable seating and entertainment.

I love this wine cellar door.  It is in keeping with the with the aged wineries.  A beautifully seasoned door, with its original flat clavos and weathered frame is set into base created with reclaimed woods.  This is finished in a contrasting color to frame and feature the antique door.  A peep was cut and fitted with custom grillwork.

The door is finished with clavos adorning the frame – on the front, finished in a rusted patina to match the original antique clavos, and on the back in natural iron finish.

Grillwork seems to be a common theme with the wine cellar doors, though again, the style of grillwork varies considerably.

Above is a wine cellar door with one of my favorite grillworks – from a jail.  LPO bought the whole cell from a Northern New Mexico jail.  It has graffiti etched into it, counting days, making comments, names, dates, etc. – very wild west.

This one has an operable shutter, while the wine room door below has a grilled window.

The third door makes the jail grillwork the focal point, which, of course I think it deserves.

Below are all of the raw material pieces that went into the creation of a really great wine room door.

Carved antique material with iron star clavos from an antique surround:

An intricately carved antique panel:

Carved antique column, one of two:

 Carved antique column two of two:

Add some grillwork, artisan bubble glass and a teardrop door pull with diamond escutcheon, and viola!

 You have a truly unique and interesting wine room entry.

This wine cellar door has one of my favorite escutcheons, made from an antique hinge.

The pics of this wine cellar door are a bit blown out (damn that New Mexico sunshine!), but the details are interesting.

It is constructed with an antique Mexican door with clavos and the original oval metal pull ring, the functionality of which is replaced by an iron pull ring with domed escutcheon.  It also has a lock plate, which, if you look at the back of the door, you will see is merely ornamental.

It has grillwork from an antique window frame.  (in a previous post, Grillin’, I discussed the mechanics of these windows) and I find the unclipped grillwork to be so interesting, if a little forbidding.

And then inside the wine cellar there is this closet door.  Yummy.

This is another of my favorite grillwork styles.  Again, it is antique window grillwork – very beefy, with a nice patina.  This is set above an antique carved panel, while the rest of the door is made from reclaimed Douglas fir.

Interestingly, the above door is also a wine cellar door.  It was created much earlier than the door above it, as you might guess from the quality of the photograph.

This grilled wine closet door is made with two wonderful antique carved panels that are framed in simply finished reclaimed woods.


Both of these doors, shown above and below, feature cast grillwork set into doors made with reclaimed Douglas fir.  The one above is a wine storage door, made with antique woods.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo with the glass installed, or maybe it wasn’t meant to have glass.  The door shown below is one of my favorites.  The cast grillwork is outstanding and it is so nicely framed by the simply finished wood, but then you put the artisan bubble glass behind it and it sparkles.

The following two doors have grillwork with a similar pattern, but a very different feel.

The first uses antique grillwork that is delicate, almost like a filigree,

while the second uses substantial custom grillwork crafted on-site at LPO.

I might even venture to guess that the first inspired the second.

 These wine gates are built simply to frame and feature the grillwork.

While not using metal grilling, I include these wine gates (one of a set of two) in the grillwork section because they have the feel of a door with grillwork by incorporating carved planks of wood.

And finally, we have double wine cellar doors made from antique Mexican doors.

They feature a carved astragal and, of course, grillwork.  After the doors were completed, the grillwork was changed to very different effect.  Should I tell you which was the final version?  I think not.  I loaded them at random, so that I wouldn’t necessarily place them in order.  I will let you decide which version you think is the best.

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