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Williams Selyem Estate Winery
7227 Westside Road, Healdsburg, www.williamsselyem.com
Owners: Williams Selyem proprietors John and Kathe Dyson
Description: 30,000-square-foot winery with barrel storage, bottling line and hospitality venue
Completion: August 2010
Contractors: general -- Jim Murphy & Associates, Santa Rosa; electrical -- Summit Technology Group, Santa Rosa; plumbing -- Quantum Mechanical, Santa Rosa; heating, cooling and refrigeration -- IES, Santa Rosa; glazing -- B&L Glass, Santa Rosa; excavation -- Oak Grove Construction, Santa Rosa; zinc roofing and panels -- Architectural Metal, Hopland; landscaping -- Bowland Vineyard Management, Santa Rosa; structural steel -- Iron Dog Fabrication, Santa Rosa; tiltup walls -- Soave-Lehre Construction, Ukiah; stonework -- Berlin Masonry, Santa Rosa
Vendors: pavers -- Design Interlock; custom redwood-paneled metal doors - Hamilton Cabinets, Petaluma; furniture -- Trope Group, Santa Rosa
Design: structure -- D.arc Group, Pelham, N.Y., and Patrick Mervin Associates, Calistoga; landscape -- Wellborn Associates, Graton; interiors -- Lauren Brandwein Design, Santa Rosa
Engineering: mechanical -- Guttmann & Blaevoet, Santa Rosa; civil -- Atterbury & Associates, Healdsburg; structural -- Summit Engineering, Santa Rosa; electrical -- Suite 16, Santa Rosa; soils -- Bauer Associates, Forestville
Cost: $14.8 million
Construction on one of Sonoma County’s most exclusive wineries started in September 2007 and was completed in phases over the past three years.
The new winery provides more-efficient space for aging the wine and more scenic venues for hosting visits or events for mailing-list members, but some functions will continue to be handled off site.
John and Kathe Dyson acquired Williams Selyem in 1998, and the winery has since increased in production from 8,000 cases a year to 15,000.
Grapes from the two estate vineyards and a number of longtime suppliers still will be crushed and partly fermented in leased space at Allen Ranch a half-mile north of the new winery. Williams Selyem makes mainly pinot noir, chardonnay and zinfandel wines starting at about $35 a bottle for 2008 “unoaked” chardonnay and pinot noirs from the Dysons’ Central Coast property and various Sonoma County vineyards. Most other wines start at $50 a bottle.
Four years ago, the winery outsourced fulfillment of its wine, limiting the need for a lot of warehouse space. New Vine of Napa had handled fulfillment until its ownership transition in June 2009. Now handling that function is Winetasting.com also of Napa.
Various aspects of the winery project were designed to limit the impact on the environment. For example, the building was designed with a 15 degree right angle in the middle to fit between two oak trees with estimated ages of 150 and 300 years. And to protect the roots of one of them, the winery’s concrete loading dock “floats” on carefully positioned piers.
“It was really important to John that we were keeping the trees and rocks that were part of the property,” said Bob Cabral, winemaker and general manager.