Founded in 1977 by English-born Peter Newton, the site for the new Newton Winery sits on an impressive hillside site on Spring Mountain, with expansive views of the Napa Valley. The terraced mountain estate has less than one-fifth of its 490 acres planted to vines; the rest remains in its native forested state.
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This new wine hospitality experience is designed to be in keeping with the brand identity of its owners -- the French luxury brand LVMH -- with the history of the iconic winery and with the topography of the site.
Founded in 1977 by English businessman Peter Newton, Newton Winery was the first newly-developed vineyard on Spring Mountain in California’s Napa Valley, designed to blend into its mountain environment and incorporate a diversity of cultural influences. The original winery was designed to be80 percent underground, with an elaborate cave system. Purchased by LVMH in 2001, the winery structures were lost in the Glass Fire of 2020.
Set along the ridge line, our design for the new winery captures the beauty of the valley’s curves, reflecting and expanding upon Peter Newton’s idea of nature and precision, “taking nature’s elements, made beautiful over time.” Using the founder’s original garden as a central axis guiding the placement of hospitality, production and offices, the new winery spans a gap in the ridge, forming a connection between the property’s natural and man-made elements.
Undulating screens on the face of the curved structures mirror the outline of the hills and the unique terracing of the vineyards as they spill down the hillside. Upper level tasting terraces take advantage of the views, while an underground level provides an entirely different experience. Two tasting rooms – the “old world” tasting room and the “new world” tasting room, radiate from a central underground lobby in sweeping curves. Portals emerging from the hillside usher in natural light and create a dramatic sense of juxtaposition.
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