An historic property in Knights Valley
This master plan concept for an historic property in Knights Valley preserves the quiet rural quality of the regional landscape. Sited at the foot of Mt. St. Helena, the property’s vineyards are surrounded by native California oak woodland.
A cistern is the centerpiece of an agrarian commons of tall grasses framed with orchard grids and low stone walls. An historic stone barn is remodeled into a winery tasting room and the Berryessa Adobe is restored as a guest house with formal gardens recreated with historic plant species. A visitor center is proposed, built around a courtyard for community events. Beyond, a grid of ancient fig trees leads to the beginning of a path up the hill.
The winery is sited in a meadow enclosed by oak woodland. An undulating stone wall leads to a shaded parking court and focuses a view into the courtyard . Rows of trees lead into the office pavilion, surrounded by the winery production buildings. The garden courtyard is intended for both everyday employee use as well as winery hospitality functions.
A 1940’s estate home on a quiet, picturesque pond is renovated into a fishing lodge retreat. The lodge includes guest rooms and conference facilities. Guest cottages sited at the vineyard edge connect to the lodge through a garden court. A swimming pool is enclosed by a vined trellis framing a view across the Knights Valley.