The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has recently transformed the once-vacant Jackse Winery to its full splendor and in the process snagged the 2010 Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation. The restoration of the Jackse Winery also marks the first time in 67-year-old trade organization’s history that it has had a permanent home in Napa Valley.
“Bringing back this historic 1905 all-wooden winery in the heart of the Napa Valley to a LEED-certified headquarters for our association is a dream come true,” said NVV Executive Director Linda Reiff. “We have been working diligently toward finding a permanent home for our group for nearly fifteen years and when we were able to purchase the abandoned winery and preserve some of our region’s history, it made perfect sense.”
There are many reasons why the Jackse Winery was the perfect choice for the NVV. Not only is it one of only a handful of wood-framed winery buildings left in St. Helena but it is also well known for its colorful history. The Jackse Winery was founded in 1905 by Austrian immigrant Stephen Jackse, who would later be one of only a handful of vintners arrested during Prohibition for bootlegging. He was later instrumental in forming the Wine Producers Association and the winery remained in production until 1951.