Drawn to the style of the Spanish Missions along El Camino Real here in California, Gianelli and Ms. Groth worked together for about eight years to design and secure the appropriate permits for the winery. In 1990, the light pink (now peach) mission-style cellar was completed, complete with a tower, wood-paneled ceilings and the iconic curved roof.
“I still credit them growing up here in California and going to school in the public school system as part of the reason they chose California Mission as their design,” Groth said. “As they met an architect and tried to figure it out, they thought of California, and if the state was to have some type of architecture, they felt like that was it.”
The interior of the winery building is colorful and bold, filled with Groth paintings, interesting furniture found by the architect, and is stacked with large circular windows overlooking the vineyard and the estate’s courtyard.
“The missionaries would bring the people out of town and have gatherings, and they would set up these classes most of the time,” said Groth. “They were just using whatever they had on hand, which is why you see all the terra cotta tiles, the pillars, the adobe archways… it really took hold of them as a young couple.”
Likewise, the Jarvis couple and their son William also made their home in Napa and began operating their own vineyard after the Paris judgment of the 1980s, and eventually broke new ground in 1990. An ambitious venture, Jarvis began to dig a tunnel into the mountain and was able to build an underground space large enough to encapsulate the entire winemaking process.