A feature from Artful Living of Coursey Graves’s longtime partnership with architect Charles Stinson. Writer: Merritt Bamrick

Architect Charles Stinson Blends Artistry with Nature


Coursey Graves Estate Winery & Vineyards

Santa Rosa, CA

“Winemaking is all about good chemistry. The art of enjoying a velvety Syrah or a striking Chardonnay relies on scientific principles, precise techniques, and a team of people passionate about the craft. So when it came time to design Coursey Graves Estate Winery and residence, the owners sought a similar sense of chemistry, tapping a team helmed by award-winning architect Charles Stinson to create an experience unlike anywhere else in Sonoma County.

On Stinson’s first site visit, he was struck by the elevation and immediately envisioned the home peeking out of the knoll above the valley with the vineyard coming up right underneath it. From the front gates to the hilltop house, every aspect needed to be systematically designed. “As soon as we drove up [to the site], we understood the brilliance of Charles’ architecture,” says home builder Jeff Jungsten. The prominent Marin County builder met Stinson on another California project where they shared affinities for thoughtful design and craftsmanship. The partnership was an instant fit.”