Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley offers a unique wine country experience. Visitors can browse antiques and art while wine tasting in private tasting rooms or in the great rooms, or gather outdoors at individual and communal tables, around the fire pit, or stretch out on a blanket on the lawn. The historic stone building was preserved and re-purposed, with the contemporary interior setting reminiscent of a home or a private club, framing a highly edited collection of furnishings and artwork, all of which are available for purchase. This “living gallery” atmosphere serves as a stylized backdrop for the appreciation of limited production boutique wines.
The outdoor gardens are designed to display a rotating collection of architectural remnants, furnishings and contemporary sculpture, and provide intimate seating areas for couples and small groups, as well as larger gathering places for both day and evening events. Compacted decomposed granite with inset bands of bluestone were used to highlight two important axes, as well as the stone fire pit, built of stone salvaged from the original building. Mediterranean perennials and ornamental grasses offer movement and seasonal color. To complete the setting, four majestic 90-year-old field-dug olives trees were planted to frame a 36-foot long communal redwood table where guests can share their wine-tasting experience and “a life aesthetic”.
Architecture: Gould Evans Architects
Construction: Trainor Builders
Landscape construction: Carlos Landscape, Inc.
Photos: Robert Bengtson, Carter Dow, Lindsay Garvey