SONOMA VALLEY -- The owners of Hamel Family Wines are in the final stages of building an entirely new winery, wine cave, tasting room and offices from the ground up on a 124-acre parcel located north of Sonoma at 15401 Sonoma Hwy.

The winery can produce 10,000 cases a year and has a county use permit for future production expansion up to 30,000 cases.

Construction started in November 2012. The project is scheduled for completion by end of March 2014, with an opening planned for later in spring.

This small family-owned and -operated winery is committed to producing primarily Bordeaux-inspired, terroir-driven wines from the Hamel family's estate vineyards in Sonoma Valley.

[caption id="attachment_84178" align="alignleft" width="450"] A rendering of the new Hamel Family Wines tasting room in Sonoma.[/caption]

"The architectural style, much like the wines that will be produced on the property, maximizes the spectacular setting, or terroir, of this new winery and blends in seamlessly with the natural beauty of the environment in unique fashion," said Managing Director George Hamel III.

The production building will be located deep into the site nestled up against an existing slope that is essentially out of view from the public right of way.

This facility will be used primarily for fermentation and includes a vintner's office, laboratory, a technical tasting room and an employee break room housed in a smaller extension on the west side of the main building.

Barrels will be stored within an 11,000-plus-square-foot wine cave -- developed by Magorian Mine Services and Condor Earth Technologies, Inc. -- to the east of the production building, substantially reducing the overall footprint of the built structures.

This cave will help keep the temperature for wine barrel storage an ideal 59 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

Key architectural features include the use of sustainable building materials and landscaped "green roofs."

Earth removed from the wine cave excavation is being reused to form rammed earth walls that run the length of the estate house and administrative wing. In the future, solar panels will be added to produce hot water.

The estate house will support administrative and tasting room functions. It will be situated just west of the production building at the edge of the new demonstration vineyard.

This house will include 1,875 square feet of office space for the marketing and sales staff, and about 5,000 square feet of hospitality space designed to house a public tasting room, a private VIP tasting room, restrooms, executive offices and a commercial kitchen to support winery-related catering events such as food and wine pairings.

An exterior courtyard will be framed by the administrative and hospitality built spaces.

Gould Evans is the architectural firm for the project, and Wright Contracting, Inc., is the general contractor. Adobe Associates and Suite 16 are providing engineering services, and the landscape architect is Jonathan Plant & Associates Inc.

"The outstanding views of the surrounding landscape from multiple points on the property promise to make our winery a gathering place for serious wine lovers for many years to come," Mr. Hamel said.

"We want our winery to be a place where everyone can relax and feel comfortable while enjoying fine wine in beautiful and attractive facilities while also appreciating our outstanding natural setting."Hamel Family Wines15401 Sonoma Highway, SonomaStart of construction: November 2012Completion estimated: Spring 2014General contractor: Wright ContractingArchitect: Gould EvansLandscape architect & landscaping: Jonathan Plant & AssociatesStructural engineering: Ingraham DeJesse AssociatesCivil engineering: Adobe AssociatesMechanical & plumbing: Guttmann & BlaevoetElectrical engineering: Suite 16Lighting: Morrison LightingSoils: Bauer AssociatesCaves: Condor Earth Technologies, Magorian Mine ServicesAcoustical consultant: Charles M. Salter AssociatesInterior designer:  Angela Free DesignConstruction management: Wright ContractingElectrical contractor: Northern ElectricRoofing: ANC RoofingWindows: R&S Glazing SpecialtiesFraming: Petersen BuildersInsulation: AlcalSite: Able Grading and PavingDrywall: Stockham ConstructionFire sprinklers: Plumbers PlusFireplaces: Warming TrendsHVAC: R&R MechanicalRebar: West Coast SteelCabinetry & countertops: WNT DesignDoors & hardware: Hardware TechTile: Dennett TileCarpeting: Marin CarpetMasonry: Domenichelli MasonryConcrete: Coleman ConcreteStructural steel: F&M SteelPainting & finishes: Jerry Thompson and SonsSheet metal: Simpson Sheet Metal