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Liana Estates Offers Immersive Wine Tasting Experiences

Sep 26, 2016 05:28PM ● By Fran Miller

From the family behind the award-winning Peju Province Winery in Napa Valley comes Liana Estates, an experience-focused winery opening October 1 in Carneros, California. This brand new winery immerses visitors in its selection of high-quality wines and bubbly with a number of unique experiences that encourage use of the five senses and provide an intimate connection to the breathtaking scenery of Napa Valley and San Pablo Bay.

The passion project of sisters Ariana and Lisa Peju (pictured), who grew up surrounded by their family’s successful and award-winning Peju winery, Liana Estates blends the sisters’ creative vision as well as their names. “Our family’s winery has been a huge part of our lives since we were kids, and it inspired us to create our own concept that reflects our love for fine wine while also incorporating creative programming to provide a completely new wine experience,” says Lisa.

Drawing inspiration from its surroundings, Liana Estates offers natural and sustainable experiences including culinary classes, interactive workshops, and wellness activities that stimulate the senses – all paired with their ever-changing selection of wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, unique varietals, and sparkling.

Led by Bay Area-based Lauren Pique Designs, Liana Estates’ industrial and natural aesthetic captures the beauty of the outdoors in a modern, fresh indoor space featuring elements of land, air, and sea. In the spirit of creating something that begins in the field and ends in a glass, the first floor tasting room flanks the production area. Open views offer guests the opportunity to be a part of the process from start to finish. Design touches reflect the textures and elements of the land such as rusted metal bar carts, a leather banquette, large concrete tile, metal bistro tables, blown glass light fixtures, a rollup garage door, and walls made with reclaimed wood from the Peju family’s Pope Valley property.

A mercantile store near the entrance features fruits, fresh produce, flowers, culinary provisions, and private label olive oil. The nature-inspired design continues on the second and third floors, each boasting dramatic panoramic views of the San Pablo Bay. The private tasting room on the second floor – the Wine Club Lounge – features a porch with modern comfort in mind. A fireplace and modular furniture accent the tasting bar. The Wine Club Lounge offers private concierge services and culinary bites from the kitchen. The third floor loft features earthy concrete tile and metal details and a succulent wall that mirrors the colors of the landscape.

Current Liana Estate tastings include:

Brise Tasting: Vintner’s White Blend, Viognier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. $35 guests | $45 for groups of 6+

Coriolis Tasting: Vintner’s Pink Blend, Dry Orange Muscat, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Vintner’s Red Blend. $45 guests | $55 for groups of 6+

Current experiences include: 

Local Wine & Culinary Picnic: Explore the many varietals of Liana Estates followed by a specialty picnic with Carneros-inspired culinary treats. Pick the perfect location to enjoy your basket of goodness with a bottle of chilled Liana wine. Daily | 11am – 2pm | $120 per person

Brunch & Yoga: Experience the beauty of Carneros mornings with a one-hour yoga class designed for all skill levels. Awaken the mind, body and soul at their scenic estate and enjoy a local Carneros Bento Box Brunch following the class. Sundays | 9am – 11 am | $90 per person

Bayview Barn Sunsets: Begin this evening adventure at the Bayview Barn nestled on the hillside in the heart of Carneros. Take in the beauty of the destination and enjoy a sampling of Liana Estates wines with a selection of Carneros small bites. Fridays & Saturdays | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | 2-8 guests per reservation | $150 per person

“We are excited to welcome guests to Liana Estates as they explore the beauty of fine wine and all of the natural elements that elevate the experience,” says Ariana.

Liana Estates is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Photos by Michelle Walker and Brent Winebrenner