Grgich Hills Estate Winery
Completed in 2021, Grgich Hills Estate Winery was Nordby’s first project with this acclaimed wine family. Founded by winemaker Mike Grgich, who gained international acclaim when the Chardonnay he produced for Chateau Montelena won first prize at the historic “Judgement of Paris” in 1976, Grgich Hills is one of the most revered names in the wine industry.
New stucco on the exterior gave new life to walls that had been significantly compromised by vines covering nearly the entire structure. New trellises on two sides of the building create multiple areas for outdoor tasting, and provide much-needed shade from the intense heat of the Napa Valley summers.
Additional windows on the front facade draw light into the formerly dark interior spaces. Inside, the ground floor spaces were opened up to form a spacious “great room,” and every interior finish was updated. New glass walls provide visitors with a view into the renovated barrel room, connecting them with the wine-making experience.