Our New Alexander Valley Winery
After the fire at our Oakville Winery in 2006, we had an opportunity to step back and build a state-of-the-art winery with an incredible hospitality experience for our visitors. It was an ambitious two-year effort, but the benefits to our wine and for our guests have been invaluable.
Since then, we have been looking to apply the lessons and proven technologies from our Oakville winery to a new winery for our Alexander Valley Cabernet. In 2012, a beautiful and historic piece of property in the heart of the Alexander Valley became available and we knew we had to act. With breathtaking views and excellent soil profiles for growing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon, we knew it would be easy to call this place home.
It’s All About the Wine
For more than one-hundred years this vineyard has been known as one of the finest in Sonoma County. After careful study of the property, we planted 70 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon in its outstanding volcanic soil.
Our winemaking team performed extensive research to design the winery, including tank size and arrangement, crush pad, de-stemmers, location of barrel cellars and water efficient equipment. All in pursuit of exceptional cabernet.
Framing the Vineyard
Our design theme for the new winery is “Framing the Vineyard.” Heading up the design is architect Daniel Piechota of SAGAN PIECHOTA. The firm is known for their striking residential and commercial work throughout Northern California, including the famed Post Ranch Inn.
Featuring breathtaking views of the 115-acre estate, our new tasting room will sit on a knoll overlooking the vineyards and winery. From the tasting room, guests will have the opportunity to be escorted through the vineyard to our winemaking facility for a unique birds-eye perspective on the winemaking process.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We are applying the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle” to this winery. We will reduce our water usage by utilizing a membrane bioreactor to recycle water used during production. The siding on our buildings will be recycled from old growth redwood fermentation tanks. We will also utilize natural light to minimize electricity use, while solar panels on site will provide the winery with power.
LEED Platinum Certification
The goal of our new winery is to become LEED Platinum Certified like our Oakville winery, which would make us the first two production wineries in the world to reach these lofty standards.
LBC Petal Certification
We are seeking LBC Petal Certification under the Living Building Challenge (LBC), with a goal of achieving four petals: Water, Energy, Health and Happiness and Beauty.
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