Founded in the late 19th-century by immigrants from Piedmont, Italy, the Villa Maria winery in Northern Sonoma County had been closed since the Prohibition era, when a couple decided to purchase and revive the property in 1987 as Blue Rock Vineyard. In 2005 and then again in 2017, the owners enlisted the team at Geiszler Architects to restore the Old World, cottage-style architecture for the present day.
Geiszler Architects was first enlisted to update the cottage in the mid-2000s. More than ten years later, the architects returned to renovate the original barn, adding the winery, tasting rooms, guest suite, lounge areas, and a commercial kitchen. Surrounding gardens were revamped as well, including 130-year-old stone walls, bocce ball courts, and lush olive groves planted by the land's former inhabitants. The result of the redesign is a luxurious, rustic estate rich in contemporary and 19th-century European influences. Read on for our tour.192