Completed just in time for crush in October 2007, Amapola Creek Winery is a very small, ultra-premium facility with state-of-the-art equipment. We wanted to keep the design in line with current and historic land use in Sonoma Valley, so we chose a rustic red barn-like exterior. The structure, encompassing 5,100 square feet indoors, consists of metal panels packed with phenomenal insulation materials. We have another 2,000 square feet under a canopy for our tanks and press. In addition, we installed photovoltaic panels that generate the majority of our electrical needs by harnessing the power of the sun. The winery has everything we need for our minimal intervention approach to winemaking, yet has nothing extraneous or fancy. It’s the winery of our dreams!
In addition to establishing our CCOF certified organic vineyards, we made the decision to certify the winery itself as an “organic handling facility” through the CCOF. We felt it important to continue our commitment to winemaking the most natural way possible. Creating a new winery from the ground up gave us the opportunity to incorporate the latest in environmentally friendly construction materials and building techniques. This type of construction also facilitates cleanliness, which is essential in any winery to avoid contamination and spoilage—and is especially critical for our “prevention not intervention” philosophy of winemaking.