Littorai Winery

Sebastopol, California

 

Planned for phased development, this winery features straw bale construction. The 21 inch thick walls offer R-50 insulation and 4-hour fire resistance. To maintain flexibility, owner/winemaker Ted Lemon chose to use movable rather than fixed fermenters. Loading and moving large tanks required particular attention to floor slopes and drain locations. Temporary barrel rooms are provided on both levels until a large cave and underground setting room can be completed. The cave will eventually be connected to the main winery by a stair to be excavated from below.

 

Completion: 2008

 

Client: Ted & Heidi Lemon

 

Size: 8,800 sf

 

Production: 8,000 cases Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

 

Project Team: Reed Lewis, Juergen Panoscha, Liz Hendricks, Larry Ferar

 

Contractor: Deeton & Stanley