The Davis Estates Historic Barn Restoration

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Davis Estates is a family owned and operated estate located in Calistoga, Napa Valley. Passion, honesty and meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of life is the philosophy there. In 2011, the Davis family purchased the century-old estate winery and began their ambitious restoration project to create a distinguished winery. 

The Davis Estates historic barn restoration won Gold Nugget Award for Best Special Use Project. They give a special thanks to Ledcor Construction and to Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects (BGK) for making this project a reality. 

Ledcor Construction and BGK were chosen from an elite pool of Award of Merit winners from around the world as the Grand Prize winners in the 54th annual Gold Nugget Awards [GNA] competition. The event honors architectural design and planning excellence in community and home design, green building, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories.

The judges awarded this project for its sensitivity to the historic character and natural environment, sophisticated attention to detail and functional symmetry. The Davis Estates winery offers a unique tasting experience in a new facility that overlooks the Napa Valley that was inspired by a historic barn on the property that was built in 1916 and is not listed on the California Register of Historical Resources.

The project is an elegant balance between old and new. The project features fun historic touches like two restored mid-century tractors, state of the art wine production systems that can be monitored and controlled using an iPad or cellphone, stone veneer harvested on site and 11,000 square feet of underground tunnels and domed wine caves providing temperature-controlled storage all together designed and built to provide a unique hospitality experience.

The Davis Estate restoration project was selected by a jury appointed by the San Francisco-Napa Valley team at the Great Wine Capitals Global Network as the 2018 winner of the regional ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for architecture.