Architect Juan Carlos Fernandez worked hand-in-hand with the Odette winemaking team to create a state-of-the-art winery whose simple, striking design reflects a straightforward, sustainable approach to winemaking. Their shared vision of environmental responsibility helped Odette become the first organically farmed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley. Building elements include concrete with integral earth colors, steel made from 98 percent recycled material and hundreds of square feet of glass for a well-lit working environment that conserves energy. “I try to stay away from nonrenewable materials,” Fernandez says. “We need our natural resources to continue building into the future.”
After earning his Professional Degree in Architecture from ITESO, a private university in Guadalajara, Fernandez traveled extensively for projects all over the world, some of which include a golf clubhouse in Mexico, a concept house in Japan, a guest house in Millbrook, New York, and a residence for a member of the Mondavi family in Calistoga, California. He has also contributed to the design of several professional buildings and residences in Napa Valley, as well as two other wineries. Fernandez has been a registered architect in Mexico since 1992.