A Look Inside Our New
Alexander Valley Winery
Built on a historic 113-acre property with breathtaking views and excellent soil profiles for growing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, our state-of-the-art Alexander Valley winery is the second flagship Silver Oak winery built by the
It’s All About the Wine
The property was originally deeded in 1877 to Cyrus Alexander, namesake of the Alexander Valley, who first established the land as one of the finest vineyard sites in Sonoma County. Today, the vineyard is planted to 75 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and forms the backbone for our Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our winemaking and sustainability teams performed extensive research to design the winery around the production of just one wine, our Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, including tank size and arrangement, thermal protected crush pad, steam barrel washing facilities, solar panel systems, as well as water reclamation and re-use systems. All in pursuit of exceptional Cabernet.
Framing the Vineyard
Our design theme for the new winery is Framing the Vineyard, in order to feature the rolling topography of Alexander Valley from every point on the property and to bring our guests into the winemaking process from vineyard to cellar. Heading up the design team was lead architect Daniel Piechota of Piechota Architecture, best known for striking residential and commercial work throughout Northern California. The modern barn concept drew inspiration from the historic barns of the Alexander Valley, creating a striking balance between traditional materials and modern design.
Net Positive Water, Net Positive Energy
Our new winery features state-of-the-art water reclamation technologies, including our dedicated Membrane Bioreactor (MBR), which treats and filters 100% of the water from our cellar with natural biological activity and reduces our potable water needs by 37%.
More than 3,000 building materials and equipment choices were carefully vetted for harmful and commonly found “red list” chemicals. Reclaimed redwood siding on the winery and tasting room was salvaged from old wine tanks built by Cherokee Winery in the 1930s, then and later disassembled by Robert Mondavi when he purchased the brand. Oak flooring, as well as wall and ceiling paneling in offices and the tasting room were sourced from naturally felled valley oak trees that required removal for safety.
Everything inside that commonly emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as paint, flooring, insulation, and furniture were all tested for emissions. After construction was completed, a thorough cleaning and airing out of the building took place before indoor air quality samples were taken and analyzed.
Living Building Challenge
The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is the world’s most rigorous performance standard for buildings, featuring a regenerative design framework for spaces that give more than they take. We are seeking LBC Certification for all seven petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty.