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.
Why Are We Building a New Winery?
Simply put, it’s all about the wine.
We have planted more than 70-acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the outstanding volcanic soils on this property. 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 perspective of the winemaking process.
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.
We are applying the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle” to this winery as well. We will reduce our water usage by utilizing a water reuse membrane to recycle water used during production. The siding on our fermentation 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.
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 – known for their striking residential work throughout Northern California as well as commercial ventures such as the famed Post Ranch Inn, Absinthe Group’s Boxing Room Restaurant, Piccino Café in Dogpatch, Reveille and Ritual Coffee Cafes, and most recently, BELLOTA Restaurant in the SoMa district of San Francisco. Featuring breathtaking views of the 113-acre estate with guests situated in the heart of the vineyard, guests will experience first-hand how our wines are made: in the vineyard.
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.
We are seeking 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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