De Martini Winery

De Martini Winery (HM14S3)

Location: Clayton, CA 94517 Contra Costa County
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N 37° 56.549', W 121° 56.231'

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Paul De Martini built Clayton Vineyards Winery in 1885 on land formerly owned by Joel Clayton, the area's first vintner. An Austrian stone mason directed construction, using stone quarried on Mount Diablo and hauled here by wagon teams. This was the second largest winery in Contra Costa County.

De Martini port, sherry, white claret, and zinfandel won state, national and international recognition.De Martini sherries and ports won first prizes at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition.

Wine production ended when the 1919 Volstead Act prohibited alcoholic beverage sales. De Martini wine making did not resume when prohibition ended in 1933. Phylloxera blighted vineyards had been replanted with orchards that were subdivided for housing after water service came to Clayton in the early 1950's. The winery was used for storage and as a residence before the city acquired the property in 1988.

Innovative engineering and creative design saved the historic structure and enabled the city to adapt it for functional use and community events.

Clayton's Civic Center was dedicated on August 30, 1997
National Register of Historic Places 1984
California Register of Historic Places 1992
Governor's Historic Preservation Award 1998
California Preservation Foundation Design Award 1998
HM NumberHM14S3
Year Placed2004
Placed ByClayton Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 5:32pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 593386 N 4199966
Decimal Degrees37.94248333, -121.93718333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 56.549', W 121° 56.231'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 56' 32.94" N, 121° 56' 13.86" W
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Area Code(s)925
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6015-6125 Clayton Rd, Clayton CA 94517, US
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