Before planting a single grape vine or laying a building cornerstone, Brion spent a lot of time walking the property and sitting on overturned buckets considering what view he wanted from which place, and how the vineyard rows should be laid out. Then, with help from our friend John Caldwell, known in parts of Napa as the King of Clones, the estate vineyards were planted in 2002.

In designing our home and the various winery buildings and outdoor areas, we found ourselves instinctively minimizing the usual boundaries between indoors and outdoors. We found a style that is not only comfortable and pleasing but also completely natural to this landscape, something we first enjoyed while visiting Italy and Provence and brought back with us to Sonoma. It seems a natural place to bring people and our wines together.

– Ronda West Wise

B. Wise Estate