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May 2000
Northwest Wineries Dig Caves, Too
New Technology Addresses Soil and Water Challenges
by Paul Franson
It seems as though half the wineries in Napa Valley have or are in the process of boring caves. In increasing numbers, Pacific Northwest wineries are following suit--with a major difference. They are really constructing underground buildings that provide many of the advantages of true caves where tunnels cannot be bored. Why Wineries Dig CavesWineries like caves because--as long as they are not accidentally constructed in a hot spot like Opus One--they provide an ideal, almost constant t...
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