Long-time Estate Director Glenn Salva connected with Wendell Nordby through a mutual industry contact in the 1990s. Based on sketches drawn by Pietro, the first winery structures were completed in 1994, including a 35,000-square-foot wine cave designed to store 8,000 barrels, making it among the largest wine caves in Napa.

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Three decades later, Wendell’s son Craig and the Nordby Construction team were invited to bring the long-envisioned hospitality building to life. While residing in Italy, Antinori family members were actively involved in construction and finishing details, which posed a unique communication challenge. To augment virtual meetings and periodic on-site visits by Pietro and his daughters, Nordby leveraged technology to provide them with real-time, 360-degree views of the entire work site online.

Once the location of an outdoor gazebo, the nearly 4,000-square-foot tasting room is gracefully poised on a plateau edge that overlooks a pond and 600 acres of vines in the valley below. In light of the 2017 Atlas Peak fires that threatened the original winery structures, careful consideration was given to using flame-resistant materials throughout construction, including site-native stone, glass, stucco, and metal roofing.

The main tasting room features substantial, floor-to-ceiling window panels that slide and stack open wide to blur the line between the indoor and outdoor visitor experience. The private tasting room features a gourmet, commercial kitchen equipped to prepare a full menu for paired tastings. Soffits lend warmth to airy, lofted ceilings, while custom wine cabinets and modern shelf installations flank the fireplace to maximize use of square footage.

Artwork from Palazzo Antinori, the family estate in Florence, and numerous finishing materials from Italy are incorporated throughout the building. An 8-foot replica of the 17th-century Anitori family tree is framed by vibrant, blue custom cabinets prominently positioned to greet guests as they enter the hospitality center.

Guests are invited to explore the winery grounds on Terralite pathways edged with steel for an aging patina, offering both informal elegance and resilient maintenance characteristics. An understated stone facing finishes the pristine, infinity-edge reflection pool to produce a subtle, melodic sound as water trickles over gently.

Today, Pietro’s daughter Albiera Antinori is president of the Marchesi Antinori collection of wine estates with the support of her two sisters, Allegra and Alessia. Marchesi Antinori recently acquired Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and, in January 2024, established Vinattieri 1385, a Napa-based company to import its wines directly to the United States. The year a direct ancestor became a member of the Florentine Vintners’ Guild, “1385” honors the family’s historic first step in the wine business.