After two long years of back and forth on architectural designs, countless reports and working with Napa County to get all the documentation they need for a Use Permit, it looks like it’s all coming to an exciting conclusion. On April 20th the final county hearing takes place, after which (fingers crossed!) we will receive our Use Permit and start construction on the new Continuum winery. We will likely begin work in early May, strangely enough right around the same time as our Spring Release Party, or should I say, Groundbreaking Party? The construction work will start slow, beginning with road work and grading of the site. This will turn into cave drilling over the winter and into the spring of next year. Construction on the winery building itself will then start with a targeted completion date of Harvest 2013.
The winery and caves will be located at one of the highest points on the property, just over 1,500 feet in elevation on the very east side of the estate, nestled in between two vineyard blocks. With Howard Backen as the architect and general contractors Grassi and Company, you can expect to see a winery that not only emphasizes the all important functional aspects but also captures the beauty of the site while incorporating an elegantly designed building that is well integrated with the land. Vistas from the property will allow you to view the Mondavi family’s winemaking history in the Napa Valley, starting with Charles Krug Winery to the north, then Oakville and Robert Mondavi Winery to the west, leading up the hill to today and Continuum’s vineyards on Pritchard Hill. As an added bonus, to the south, there will be great views of San Francisco in the distance.
The completion of the winery will culminate an exciting two year period at the Estate with our new 19 acre vineyard coming on line for the Harvest of 2012, joined by the winery in 2013. This is really an important step for us as harvest 2012 will be the first time we will have the opportunity to be 100% estate based for our production. The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot we will harvest from the new high density plantings when combined with our already established old vine Cabernet Sauvignon will take us to the next stage of Continuum’s evolution.
While the acquisition of the Continuum Estate properties in 2008 and 2009 allowed us to notch up our quality level, the new plantings coming on line and the ability to have our own estate winemaking facility will provide the opportunity to take Continuum to an even higher level and bring us one step closer to the ultimate goal of becoming one of the greatest wine estates in the world.
Continuum has gone thru quite a number of changes in its short history. In the course of 6 years we have gone from “we have only just begun” (not a bad Carpenters song either) in 2005 to establishing our estate in 2009 “take me home, country roads” (one of John Denver’s best) to 2011’s breaking ground “we’re gonna take it higher” (from the godfather himself, James Brown). All pretty exciting and we sure hope to see you at the estate over the next few years so that we can show you the progress we have made and of course at the party in 2013/14 once it is all done.
Have a great day and see you soon!!!