Since the first vineyard was planted in 2001, the Brassfield Estate has been built on principles of sustainability. All of the granite walkways and paths around the winery and tasting facility were salvaged from the federal building's courtyard located in downtown San Francisco. The beautiful large timbers that frame the arbors and fireplace pavilion were once part of the Town and Country Mall that is now Santana Row in San Jose. The roof tiles were reclaimed from the once-grand Villa Felice in Los Gatos (circa 1900). The bricks throughout the property are over 100 years old and were salvaged from the Visalia Bros. Winery, and then used at the Di Napoli cannery in San Jose until 1993. The large limestone Griffon fountain in the center courtyard was once owned by Clark Gable and was salvaged from his Malibu Estate. All of the olive trees were saved and dug from land slated for development in Central California. Wildlife "corridors" were created between the sustainably farmed vineyards to allow the abundant wildlife to move freely through the estate. The walnut wine bars, doors, and other features throughout the compound were created from fallen trees from the walnut grove on site. Even the tasting room chandelier was salvaged from the Bank of America's Board Room in San Francisco.
D. Turner Landscape Architecture has been the prime design consultant at the Brassfield Estate Winery since its inception in 2000. Laying out all buildings, roadways for both the winery and vineyards, all parking areas, all walkways and trails, and all patio, terrace and garden areas.
(photos courtesy of Nick Elias)