Artesa Winery is a study in the harmony of natural and manmade spaces. Designed by renowned Barcelona architect Domingo Triay and built in the early 1990's, the avant-garde structure was conceived to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape.
The naturally insulated winery is set into the highest hill of its 350-acre estate, with a protective covering of reserved earth and native grasses. A sweeping staircase set between twin cascades of water and fountains leads to the winery entrance. An expansive terrace offers 360 degree vistas of the surrounding countryside, and on clear days, a view of the San Francisco skyline.
With architecture that captures a series of Mediterranean themes, including water flowing along narrow channels, audible and silent fountains and the interplay of light and shade, Artesa is a reflection of the proud Spanish heritage upon which it was founded.
One step over Artesa's threshold and the visitor is enveloped in a light-filled, gallery-like interior. Modern and sophisticated with soaring columns, wide glass expanses and contemporary furniture groupings, the Visitor's Center provides a dramatic backdrop for the original works of sculpture, painting and mixed-media by our Artist in Residence, Gordon Huether that are exhibited throughout the building.
The interplay of art and wine reaches its zenith in this setting as reflected light plays off the jewel-like tones of the elegant, hand-crafted wines that are served here.