Located on the valley floor and in the flood plain of the Napa River, the site and its planting must accommodate poor drainage and periodic immersion.
Clear geometry, crisp edges and chiseled native stones reconfigure a nondescript existing irrigation pond into an architectural focal point. Visible from the highway, it announces the winery and draws visitors to the property.
The custom designed corten entry gates usher visitors into a dense green allee and across a metal threshold into the winery itself.
Beneath pleached London Plane trees, guests overlook the fountain. The expanse of water reflects the sky and is a counterpoint to the adjacent, shaded tasting room terrace. The water and the surrounding vineyards amplify the changes in the season and the times of the day, connecting the visitors to the larger valley landscape.