Rutherford, California

One of Napa Valley’s most renowned wineries, Cakebread Cellars is known for its world-class setting, wines, culinary events and hospitality experience. The North Addition and a significant renovation of existing facilities will expand the winery’s hospitality program as well as production and administrative areas, maintaining its distinctive character while creating new ways to celebrate its rich history. 

A variety of new interior and exterior environments will enable guests to experience all aspects of the winemaking process at Cakebread. A reception building will better accommodate the growing number of daily visitors, welcoming guests with a gallery display featuring the history of the winery and the wine-making process. Off the main visitor center, a dedicated retail space will offer wine and winery merchandise.

East of the visitor center, expanded offices, inventory, and production spaces will improve day-to-day winery operations and provide support to management and sales personnel, as well as Cakebread’s wine educators. The addition also provides space for a new bottling line and press. These spaces define a new North Court, the south side of which is created by the existing winery building. The new landscaped North Court will provide additional opportunities for events and gathering.

The renovation of the old tank and barrel rooms, along with existing offices, will allow for much needed updates to the existing infrastructure. In the east side of the existing building, an upstairs storage room and bottling line are being converted into three new tasting rooms and a service area. A new hallway will establish a connection between the new tank room (added in 1995) and the new bottling line. The old barrel room will be altered to accommodate new concrete tanks and two new tasting rooms. To the west of these renovations, a gallery will connect the north and south courts, while the old tank room will be updated for large tasting groups. The existing office and storage wing (west wing) is being renovated to allow for expanded offices and three new tasting rooms to the north. 

These new indoor and outdoor spaces will allow visitors to see, understand, and celebrate the winemaking process. Each tasting room will offer a unique view from harvest to fermentation to bottling, offering a space for both wine education and tasting. Working with multiple generations of the Cakebread family, BCV is designing the new addition to meet the winery’s current needs and position it well for future growth.


BCV Architects

Don Brandenburger

Wright Construction


Jack Chandler

Bartelt Engineers


TEP Engineering