This new production winery sits on a beautiful 56-acre site in the town of Philo. The owners had a trio of goals for the winery: echo the spirit of rural California’s utilitarian agricultural buildings such as sawmills, grain elevators, and mining operations, naturally facilitate the flow of wine production, and create a durable, highly energy efficient building. The result is a LEED Silver certified winery that is functionally efficient and aesthetically suited to its location in rural Anderson Valley.
With a capacity of 60,000 cases per year, the winery was specifically designed for the processing of Pinot Noir grapes. The 18,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal building is strikingly composed of two sloping structures joined together by a vaulted open-air cupola running the length of the two buildings.
One side houses fermentation, offices and a lab, while the other houses barrel storage. Wine production takes place outdoors, under the cupola’s metal roof. Material choices hint at the differing functions: the fermentation is clad primarily in metal, while the barrel storage building is clad in vertical redwood siding milled from trees harvested on the property.
“I have worked with Nordby on construction projects since 1998. At all times I have found them to add value, operate transparently and with integrity. They are smart and dedicated people, who are also fun to work with. They seek to partner with their clients to deliver projects on time and on budget. From cost estimation to project management to the superintendents on the ground, they are a class act. I would work with Nordby again and recommend others to do so.”
— Zach Rasmuson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, The Duckhorn Portfolio