Award-Winning Firm Partners With Specialized Builders on a New Vision for Fire-Ravaged Napa Winery
(Napa, Calif.) January 3, 2018—In the wake of the destruction from Napa Valley’s October 2017 Atlas Peak Fire, Signorello Estate Proprietor, Ray Signorello Jr., vowed to rebuild. Now, he’s taken the first step towards realizing that goal by hiring Taylor Lombardo Architects to oversee the design, and Nordby Construction Company the building process, of a new winery and cave facilities.
Signorello Estate pre and post fire photo courtesy of Signorello Estate and Adrian Gregorutti respectively
Led by partners Tom Taylor and Maurice Lombardo, Taylor Lombardo Architects will design a modern, state of the art building that capitalizes on Signorello Estate’s stunning views with an open, airy design. Reacting to the announcement, the partners commented, “The world saw Signorello Estate as the face of the Napa Valley fire; soon they will see it as a leading symbol of this region’s comeback.”
Nordby, utilizing both its construction and wine cave divisions, has also been retained to guide Signorello Estate through everything from the pre-construction phase to the final build. In addition to constructing the winery, Nordby will create brand new, state-of-the-art wine aging caves on the property—a first for Signorello Estate. Tony Simmons, Partner and Director of Preconstruction at Nordby said, “We are extremely excited and honored to be part of the rebuilding of the Signorello family’s legacy winery.”
A New Vision for Signorello Estate’s Winery and Caves
Working out of their offices in San Francisco and Oakville, Taylor Lombardo Architects is an architecture and land planning firm known for their work on such esteemed properties as Silver Oak Cellars and Wheeler Farms Winery. They will play an instrumental role in the rebuilding of Signorello Estate and bringing it into the future by designing a very open, modern structure that takes full advantage of the beautiful site and location while maintaining the highly personal tasting experience. The new winery will include a full, professional kitchen—a crucial part of Ray Signorello Jr.’s vision for the visitor experience—which will allow for extensive food and wine pairings. Additionally, there will be a personal residence for Ray and his family.
Nordby was founded in 1996 (in Santa Rosa) to provide specialized services to wine clients, including winery construction and cave digging, and boasts over 40 cave projects, including Kenzo, Nine Suns, Brown Estate, and Inglenook. The cave experts at Nordby will install an estimated 8,000 square foot large cave system for aging wines. The caves will also boast a unique hospitality space, which will serve as a temporary tasting space for visitors while the winery itself is being rebuilt. The winery’s crush pad will be relocated outside of the caves.
Architects and Construction Experts
Eager to write the next chapter of Signorello Estate, Ray Signorello Jr. had this to say about the announcement: “After a great deal of research, I am thrilled to align Signorello Estate with these two local, award-winning firms. With their vast experience and talents, we can move Signorello Estate beyond our recent setbacks and towards a brighter future.”
ABOUT SIGNORELLO ESTATE
Signorello Estate is a leading Napa Valley producer of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Co-founded in 1977 by the father-son duo of Ray Sr. and Ray Jr., Signorello Estate stands for French style wines with finesse created from 100% estate grown Napa Valley fruit. The winery is located at 4500 Silverado Trail. Unfortunately, tastings are currently not available at the winery, as the winery is in the process of rebuilding after the Napa Valley wildfires of October 2017. For more information or to become an Allocation Member, please contact the winery at 707.255.5990 or visit www.signorelloestate.com.