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Buena Vista Press House

Erected in 1862

 
 
Buena Vista Press House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Diane Phillips
1. Buena Vista Press House Marker
This is an updated photo of the Buena Vista Press House Marker. The previous smaller marker has been replaced with this larger one.
Inscription.  

Our Press House, the first stone winery building in America, was built in 1862 from volcanic stone cut out of the solid wall of the Mayacamas Mountains. Wine was made in this building the grapes were brought to the front door by horse-drawn wagons filled with 35 wooden boxes - 50 pounds of grapes in each box. Ripe grapes were dumped into a large metal container - which was brought by steam power to the grape crusher-destemmer at the top of the second floor. The crushed skins of the grapes and juice (without the seeds and stems) would then fall down into large fermentation tanks made of redwood. Each of these held 4,000 gallons, and extended to the second floor.

The Press House was a miracle of 19th century steam-power, all the apparatus was run by a steam engine which turned iron wheels--two inch leather belts snaking through the building propelled the modern machinery The steam engine was housed in a wooden building to the left of the Press House against the hillside- you can see steam rising from the engine in this lithograph from 1863. Wine was made in the Press House until 1878, when a national recession
The previous Buena Vista Press House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 5, 2015
2. The previous Buena Vista Press House Marker
This is the first stone winery building in California, and also the first “gravity-flow” wine building. The Count’s wine grapes were loaded directly to the back of the building’s second floor from the road , made into wine, then brought by gravity to the caves below to be aged at steady, cool temperatures. The use of pumps can bruise wine - thus reducing flavor.
br> In 1982, this building was prepared for future violent earth disturbances; you may notice the metal washers on the out side of the building. These are attached to three foot long steel rods that go through and hold up the original stone walls.
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and the effects of the dreaded root-louse Phylloxera closed the Buena Vista Vinicultural Society

California's First Premium Winery-1857
 
Erected by Buena Vista Winery.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1982.
 
Location. 38° 17.971′ N, 122° 25.367′ W. Marker is near Sonoma, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from Old Winery Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma CA 95476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buena Vista Winery and Vineyards (a few steps from this marker); Harazthy Villa (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuele Sebastiani Vineyard and Winery (approx. 1˝ miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Ray Adobe (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Sonoma Community Center (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sonoma Brewing Company (approx. 1.7 miles away); Vella Cheese Factory (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sonoma.
 
More about this marker. The marker is beside the now Wine Tasting Room.
 
Buena Vista Press House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 5, 2015
3. Buena Vista Press House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 9, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.   2, 3. submitted on February 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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