A Wine Oasis

This Napa Valley winery is a midcentury modernist desert dream

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The winery is shaded by an undulating canopy made of white steel. (Bruce Damonte)
The winery is shaded by an undulating canopy made of white steel. (Bruce Damonte)

The recently completed Ashes & Diamonds Winery by Bestor Architecture aims to bring a bit of Southern California’s desert-postcard fantasy to Napa Valley wine country.

The 19,840-square-foot cut-and-paste homage to midcentury modernism is situated on a 30-acre site and features a collection of austere production facilities flanked by a swanky tasting room and public courtyard. The main production facility rises two stories and is marked by Albert Frey–inspired porthole windows on three sides.

The massive canopy shades the low-slung wood-and-stucco buildings. (Bruce Damonte)

The tasting room is located next door in a low wood-frame-and-stucco building wrapped by large expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass. The compressed, insulated box is situated directly underneath a prefabricated 3,585-square-foot steel canopy structure reminiscent of the folded plane architecture of Donald Wesley. The lounge spaces open out onto a shared courtyard within the L-shape configuration of structures, revealing short, spiky cacti and a grassy knoll framed by a meandering concrete path.

An aerial photo of the site. (Bruce Damonte)

Ashes & Diamonds Winery
4130 Howard Lane
Napa, California

Architect: Bestor Architecture
Tel: 707-666-4777

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