Ultimate Home Tour: The Cave

  • Samantha Brooks

Although the idea of modern man attempting to build an ultimate cave may be rife with irony, the subterranean spaces that Bacchus Caves creates dispel the notion that something so primitive cannot be luxurious. Since 1997, Bacchus Caves owner David Provost has been tunneling into mountains to make way for not only wine cellars but also garages, rec rooms, and media rooms. “Most people think the only thing you can do underground is create a cellar, but the possibilities are actually endless,” notes Provost. “Of course they make great wine rooms, but it’s also pretty cool to invite your friends over to watch the game and have a beer in your own private cave.”

The Napa Valley cave featured here has a 1,100-square-foot main chamber. “The owners transform the space to act as everything from a dining room to a screening room, and even a gallery to showcase the husband’s photography,” says Provost. Adjacent to the main chamber is a smaller, slightly elevated wine tasting room that contains a sink, bottle storage, and a refrigerator. The room’s rock floor and its staircases were crafted from materials unearthed during the excavation. Like those in most of Bacchus Caves’ spaces, the walls have been finished in a neutral shade of rustic plaster that ages well and requires minimal upkeep.
 
“Many clients want to add to their property but don’t want to build more structures that would obstruct their view,” says Provost. “Caves are a great solution because the only limits to their design are set by the client’s pocketbook.” Typically plunging 40 feet below ground, the spaces, once they have been excavated, are immediately blasted with a layer of shotcrete for stability. Builders then add additional reinforcements before installing wiring and plumbing. Provost has yet to find a mountain he could not tunnel through or a project he was unable to complete. “But,” he adds, “we do welcome the challenge.”

Bacchus Caves, 707.251.1402, www.bacchuscaves.net

Photo by James Lipman
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