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Top Building Insights from Wine Country

June 20, 2017
With more than 600 wineries spread throughout Napa and Sonoma counties, together they have become one of the world’s premiere wine-growing regions with millions of visitors every year. Ledcor Construction has grown with the industry—from wineries and resorts, to private estates and restaurants, we have played a part in building up this vibrant area.

Here are the top insights from our two decades of building in wine country:

1.    Partnerships are our most important asset 

Ledcor Construction has built lasting partnerships that have taken us to push the boundaries of construction. For example, our 20-year partnership with Howard Backen, Principal of the award-winning architectural firm Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects (BGK), has resulted in numerous projects. Davis Estates involved a complete renovation to a century-old historic barn, construction of a new fermentation building, and a new high-end hospitality facility with a full commercial kitchen. Our latest collaboration with BGK was converting a 70-year old winery into a hospitality estate for the Jackson Family to showcase their Lokoya luxury wine brand.

Ledcor Construction has also partnered on several wineries and restaurants with A Squared Studios,  BAR Architects, Gould Evans, Johnson Lyman Architects, and VRA Architects.
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2.    Complex winery facilities

The art and science of wine processing is complex. At Ledcor Construction, we understand what’s at stake for our clients. Our projects have included incorporating a gravity-fed winemaking system at Cliff Lede Vineyards, complex caves at Dana Estates, and  the elegant and high-tech cave alcove at Davis Estates

Ledcor Construction also built the fermentation facility at Nickel & Nickel Winery  which connects indoor space to the outdoors by bringing in daylight through the timber-framed cupola, yet also features integrated lighting control. At Benovia Winery, our team worked with our client to incorporate functional design and custom technology into their facility.  

Seasons drive our projects, especially when constructing fermentation and barrel buildings. To be ready in time for the crush, Ledcor Construction completed Mending Wall Winery’s production facility in just six months. 

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3.    It’s about the ambiance

Millions of visitors come to Napa and Sonoma counties each year to enjoy exceptional wine, food, and conversation in picturesque venues. Ledcor Construction’s projects like Ram’s Gate Winery and Cuvaison Estate Wines are designed with social gatherings in mind: from outdoor terraces offering exquisite views over acres of vineyards, to private tasting suites, to underground dining rooms serviced by commercial kitchens. Others offer innovative wine libraries, like the glass floor at the Materra Cunat Family Winery, built by Ledcor Construction. Other unique details include Italian features, natural lighting, timber floors, columns and beams, and rustic stone archways.

Visitors to the wineries also enjoy the charming towns, lavish accommodations, and restaurants boasting top-rated chefs, such as Iron Chef Moristu Morimoto’s Morimoto Restaurant and Chef Thomas Keller’s boulangerie, Bouchon Bakery, both Ledcor Construction projects.

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Working in Napa and Sonoma counties his entire career, Rod Field, Regional Manager, and his knowledgeable project teams are honored to play a part in building wine country.