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California’s Opus One Winery exudes upper-crust class

The design of the vineyard shop embraces the partnership of Opus One and Chateau Mouton Rothschild, by taking the concept of the centuries-old courtyard stables of Bordeaux and merging it with modern materials and technology.

A combination of eight Schweiss hydraulic and bifold doors went into this project. The Schweiss bifold and hydraulic doors are an integral part of the design and functioning of this facility. The biggest challenge with the Opus One Winery hydraulic doors was to develop a design concept that would complement the architecture of the iconic winery, meet all functional requirements to maintain the very sophisticated equipment and conceal the complex operation from public view.

The winery gave the Schweiss doors a special dramatic treatment at the dusk opening ceremonies. They had a five second opening delay and counted down very slowly. It was quite dramatic, with eight doors opening one after another at five-second intervals. It was cool seeing them all pyramiding up.

The construction company was given the “Award of Excellence Building” accolades for its work on Opus One by Metal Construction News, which also recognized it for the award-winning “Building of the Year” for its construction project.

All of the equipment maintenance takes place within the courtyard area. Opus One owns and farms more than 200 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley and utilizes the most sophisticated equipment developed for grape growing.

Schweiss Doors of Fairfax, Minnesota, supplied bi-fold and hydraulic doors made of perforated stainless steel used for the rain screens around the washing/fueling area, clerestory windows and exhaust fan.

The winery gave the Schweiss doors a special dramatic treatment at the dusk opening ceremonies. “It was kind of neat at the Opus One opening ceremonies. They had a five second opening delay and counted down very slowly. It was quite dramatic, with eight doors opening one after another at five-second invervals. It was cool seeing them all pyramiding up,” explained Contractor Randy Striplin. “I go out there occasionally and look at the doors. It really is an amazing set up,” noted Opus One Vice President of Public Relations Roger Aselson. To tell you the truth I do mention the doors to some of our visitors when we do lunches or presentations out there or include it as part of our VIP tours.”