Hamel Family Wines

Location: Sonoma, CA

Project Team: Gould Evans Baum Thornley Architects

Sq. Footage: 27,000

Hamel Family Wines sits at the base of the beautiful Mayacamas Mountains, an area that is quickly becoming synonymous with the finest Sonoma Valley blends. The vineyard showcases varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux inspired blends, Zinfandel and Grenache. The extraordinary, 124-acre property features a 6,875 square-foot Estate House from which guests can savor panoramic views of the Sonoma Valley; 12,000 square feet of immaculate caves for barrel storage, tours, private dining, and events; and 7,500 square-foot winery designed to accommodate up to 15,000 cases of production per year.

The winery, a pre-engineered steel structure, reinforces the linear process of winemaking, from fruit-in to bottles-out. Tucked into the mountain and with a green roof above, the structure is clad in soil for natural thermal protection. The green roof is pulled back from the perimeter walls allowing natural light to filter in reducing the requirement of artificial lighting. The 25’ PISE wall facing the Estate House is made of the same soil from the site as the rammed-earth walls. The wall also provides a backdrop to the Vintner’s Wing housing the winemaking staff and their support functions.

Photos by Bruce Damonte.