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Gargiulo winery barrel building

This photograph was listed in a county report as an "inspiration photo" for the type of barrel building Gargiulo Vineyards winery wants to build east of Oakville.

Gargiulo Vineyards winery will build a stealthy, new barrel building that is largely underground and has a roof looking like a small, sod-covered pyramid.

The application for the 3,130-square-foot project lists a Midwestern root cellar as the inspiration. Walls will have insulated panels covered by about a foot of earth seeded with native grasses.

“This design is something I believe is really an example to be set to other people who look to expand their wineries,” Gargiulo representative George Monteverdi said.

The Napa County Planning Commission quickly granted its approval.

“We need a little of the Midwest here in Napa Valley,” Commissioner Joelle Gallagher said with a smile at the Dec. 6 hearing. “I really like the design.”

Gargiulo Vineyards is located on 12.7 acres at 545 Oakville Cross Road.  Gargiulo will remain a 20,000-gallon-a-year winery with up to 10 daily visitors.

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