Recognized for Excellence in Design By
The American Institute of Architects
February, 2000, Napa Valley, CA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2000 Honor Awards include Long Meadow Ranch Winery as one of 38 international architectural achievements that best exemplify excellence in architecture, interiors, and urban design. The awards, the architectural profession’s highest recognition of excellence in design, will be presented May 4-6 at the 2000 AIA National Convention and Expo in Philadelphia.
Highlighting the significance of the award, other honorees include The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, the Hong Kong Central Waterfront Development Plan and the restorations of San Francisco City Hall and New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery was designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop of San Francisco, formerly known as William Turnbull Associates, and was William Turnbull’s last major design prior to his death in 1997. The interior architecture, for which the award was given, was designed by Eric Haesloop with Margaret Simon.
The earth-formed wine and olive oil production facility is located in the hills high above the Napa Valley near St. Helena. The structure sits at the uphill edge of a long, open meadow with a forest behind that climbs steeply to the ridges of the Mayacamas Mountains and provides commanding views of the meadow and the valley beyond. The building is dug into the slope and provides access to the wine-aging caves which are excavated 150 feet into the hillside behind the structure.
The major organizing principle of the building is balance – agricultural balance, as well as in building form and materials. The facility is based on the Tuscan farm model of joint olive oil and wine production and is North America’s only combined winery and olive oil frantoio. These processes share the same facility, but enjoy complementary harvest seasons. The grapes are harvested during the late summer and the olives are harvested during the winter. These dual functions are expressed in its "V" shape form. One wing houses the winery fermentation tanks and the other houses the olive oil processing. Between the two wings sits an open porch that is used for the crush during the grape harvest, but also is the main portal for the entire building.
The construction materials and methods minimize impact on the environment. The exterior and interior walls of the building are constructed from Pisé, a formed-earth product made exclusively from the cave excavation tailings. This process balances the amount of cut and filled earth on the site and ties the color of the walls, which are left natural, into the color of the hills from which they came. The building minimizes energy use through passive cooling, created by nestling the structure into the shaded north-facing slope, using constant ground temperature provided by the caves beyond and by using the thermal mass provided by the Pisé walls. Other environmentally low impact materials are used, including recycled timbers for floor and ceiling framing and recycled metal for light fixtures.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery made history in October 1999 with the simultaneous release of its debut vintage 1996 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and its vintage 1998 Prato Lungo extra virgin olive oil from this dual purpose facility.
Wine and olive oil are only two of the many products from Ted and Laddie Hall’s more than 600-acre Long Meadow Ranch. The property has been known as Long Meadow Ranch since the turn of the century and was an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant to E.J. Church in 1872. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch is once again growing and prospering through the Halls’ careful restoration of the 120-year old olive groves, new vineyard plantings, and wine and olive oil making. The integrated organic farming system also relies on its Appaloosa horse breeding, a growing herd of Highland cattle, the organic vegetable gardens and an egg-producing poultry flock to bring together a modern, commercially successful, version of the family farm. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and produced in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990.
More information on Long Meadow Ranch Winery may be obtained through the website at www.longmeadowranch.com or by calling 877-NAPA-OIL (627-2645.)
Contact: Monty J. Sander