|WOODEN VALLEY WINERY
The Lanza family has been farming nearly 500 acres of premium
grapes and making wine in the Suisun Valley for three generations.
Their desire is to expand their winery production from about
15,000 cases to about 50,000 cases in a new facility.
In addition to expanding their wine making capacity, the Lanza’s
wish to build a landmark facility that will serve to successfully
market their wines to the community through the rental of a banquet
hall for weddings and other special events. However, they asked
that the new tasting room facilities be the primary focal point
of the winery and not be disturbed by events taking place in
the banquet hall.
The site plan was developed to provide a formal entrance to
the winery with tasting room and special events traffic splitting
to their respective sides. The radial access road accommodates
this while also serving to provide the necessary parking for
special events without creating the appearance of a large “parking
lot” allowing the cars to be “absorbed” by
the vineyard. The radial site plan also provides a desirable
circulation for large delivery trucks and grape gondolas during
The banquet hall and tasting rooms have been designed to incorporate
tall open spaces with exposed steel trusses and exposed mechanical
to so that the guests will experience the space as “being
in a winery”. This is further emphasized in the banquet
hall via large windows that expose the guests to views of stacked
barrels in the barrel cellar.
The walls of the winery will be constructed of 12 inch concrete
block and insulated with 4 inches of rigid urethane insulation
on the exterior side and finished with exterior cement plaster.
Quoins and trim will be pre-cast concrete. The exterior plaster
walls and “stone” trim will be stained with iron
sulfate. The roof will be a blended red/brown Mission style clay