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Aperture Cellars Announces "The Aperture Estate": Opening in Healdsburg Spring 2020

Acclaimed Sonoma Valley Producer Set to Open State-of-the-Art Hospitality Center and Winery with Signum Architecture
by Press Release
August 06, 2019

Healdsburg Calif.—Aperture Cellars ( the renowned Sonoma Winery founded by winemaker Jesse Katz, is excited to announce the opening of a custom-designed hospitality center and modern winery opening on Old Redwood Highway in Healdsburg, CA in spring 2020. The upcoming space will include an entirely new winery and a luxury hospitality space, both nestled just two miles from downtown Healdsburg, the region’s most up-and-coming wine country destination.

As it always has been with the Aperture experience, the intermingling of art and wine will be the focus of the space from the moment one walks through the doors. A gallery-inspired atmosphere, with imagery from all over the world taken by photographer Andy Katz will allow guests to feel like they are traveling right beside the Aperture team and experiencing the world of wine through their eyes.

“Ultimately we wanted to place the strongest emphasis on the consumer. I think that there is no other ‘wine country’ experience like Sonoma, and there will be no other Sonoma winery like our upcoming project,” notes Founder/Winemaker Jesse Katz, “This new space is stunning—it’s the Aperture story in building form.”

Indeed, the new hospitality center’s architecture will be the major stand out, as the new tasting room combines environmental sustainability, high-efficiency design, and a unique architectural concept. The space was designed by Signum Architecture (, the team behind Odette Winery, Nine Suns, Cade, Melka Estate, Brand, and Hall, with inspiration driven from the physical aperture of a camera. The estate’s buildings will showcase dramatic angles, clean lines and a focus on natural light throughout the 4,000 sq. ft. hospitality space.

The hospitality center will feature a seated tasting bar, as well as private spaces for elevated experiences and an outdoor terrace overlooking the estate vineyards facing west towards the Russian River. Guests will be encouraged to elevate their experience with an exclusive tasting set in one of the center’s private tasting rooms, each featuring their own unique atmosphere focused on art, travel and the architecture of the surrounding vineyards visible through the floor to ceiling windows.

“This project gave us the opportunity to work with the father/son team of Andy and Jesse, and we loved that they genuinely wanted to do something different with their winery,” remarks Juancarlos Fernandez, partner of Signum Architecture and lead designer on the Aperture project. “Our intent was to translate the global experience and vision of both Andy and Jesse into architecture. There’s nothing cold about it, either throughout the project, we used rustic materials that relate to the land, sheathing the buildings in vintage galvanized and perforated corten steel.”

The 42 acre site that will hold the Aperture estate is currently home to 10 acres of old vine Zinfandel planted in 1912. New vineyard plantings added to the property this year—and designed by Jesse—include Merlot clones from Pétrus and Sémillon clones from d’Yquem, as well as a collection of his favorite cool climate Cabernet clones that cover an additional 22 acres. When Jesse started Aperture Cellars in 2009, he chose Sonoma Valley as his canvas for crafting Bordeaux-varietal wines that could be on par with the best wines in the world.

The Aperture estate construction is part of what the local community calls a Healdsburg “renaissance.” Healdsburg has traditionally been an under-appreciated area for visitors, but the fast expanding tourism scene is due in no small part to the proliferation of world-class restaurants and wineries in the area.

“What Jesse and the team are doing with Aperture and for the town is truly unbelievable,” notes Dustin Valette, chef and owner of his namesake restaurant in Healdsburg. “Sonoma County has gained worldwide attention in the past ten years or so as a premier wine growing region. With Jesse at the helm of such an iconic brand as Aperture and focusing on Bordeaux varietals, I can’t help to think that we are watching the birth of a legendary winery! I’m incredibly excited to see Jesse complete the construction of his dream winery, and to see what he will create with his new canvas.”

Beyond the work on the hospitality center, the winery has completed or is in the process of executing a variety of community initiatives and local partnerships; they have contributed $500,000 to a variety of charities over the last 5 years.

Once open, the Aperture estate will host guests with availability by appointment.

About Aperture Cellars
Aperture Cellars champions a range of stunning Bordeaux style wines from the Sonoma Valley. Founded in 2009 by winemaker Jesse Katz, Aperture wines are crafted from unique, cool-climate vineyards in Sonoma’s top regions. Aperture controls 140+ acres of vineyards, in addition to their 32 planted acres on the estate site, specifically sourced for their unique terroir and soil composition. Wanting to craft wines on par with the quality and refinement that are so integral to a Bordeaux, Jesse set roots in Sonoma, believing it offers the best of both worlds: new world fruit and old-world elegance.

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