Historical research uncovered that Valley of the Moon Winery has operated longer than any other winery in the Glen Ellen area. The original winery structure exemplified the distinctive style of Chinese stone masons who labored in the Sonoma Valley after their work on the railroads was completed. Because of the historical significance and the striking appearance of the stone it was decided to keep the original character of the stone winery in the new design.

Old photographs showed the original structure had been remodeled many times. The first task was to uncover the 27-ton, thick stone wall that had been buried beneath decades of piecemeal additions. The structural challenge of saving the original, unreinforced stone and concrete walls was significant in that they had to be braced to withstand earthquake forces.

Respectful of the rural surroundings, the architect's design vision was to incorporate elements of Northern California farm building organization and design. Materials selected for the exterior came from typical farm construction - board and batten with metal roofs. The color pallet was inspired by rich colors of the old vines in autumn. The tasting room exterior was plastered with a three-color, hand-troweled finish in a deep, red clay. The new building complex was tied together with rural themes of zinc-like metal roofs, sliding barn doors, open trusses and other early California agrarian construction details.

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