Photo by Sammy Todd Dyess

The Bardessono, located on an extraordinary six acres that was once the home of the Bardessono family, whose descendants were early settlers in Yountville, California, redefines the concept of a wine country retreat. “I wanted to do something that reflected my environmental values,” explains owner Phil Sherburne, whose proposal to construct a green luxury resort appealed to the area’s residents. “There’s an impression that green means down-market. I believed we could do an environmentally responsible development that would feel even more luxurious.” Sherburne chose a contemporary, minimalist style of architecture that emphasizes the beauty of the raw materials, which include recycled wood (some of it from wine barrels), carbon steel, tiles cut from the stones of the Bardessono home’s cellar, and rammed-earth walls, which were made by mixing small amounts of water and cement with the site’s own soil and compacting the blend under high pressure. The entire facility is heated and cooled by the property’s own geothermal springs. Accommodations The spacious 62 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and open onto outdoor spaces (either terraces or walled gardens), yet they remain private, thanks to their careful placement and to motorized blinds, which automatically open and close when guests enter or leave. Dining Chef Sean O’Toole’s menu features locally sourced organic ingredients—some of which come from the on-site garden. Facilities Spa services are available in-room or at the spa service center. Rates Suites from about $675.

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