Ma(i)sonry Art Gallery
As an art, design and wine gallery set amidst a contemporary, landscaped sculpture garden, Ma(i)sonry offers guests a respite and a retreat. While its past may not appear to play a prominent role in its new incarnations, the history of the former Charles Rovegno House still permeates the walls and rooms of this elegant stone structure.
In 1892, Charles Rovegno was one of many Italian immigrants drawn to Napa Valley's fertile farmlands. At the turn of the century, the valley was on the precipice of becoming a notable agricultural region for which it is known for today. When Rovegno began his life as a vineyardist in the early 1900s, very few wines were being produced in the valley. In fact, Yountville was not the charming restaurant and wine destination it is today, rather it was a rough and tumble trapping and farming community filled with those from the fallout of California's gold mining days.
In 1902—with the help of Angelo Brovelli, a local mason responsible for many of Napa County's idyllic stone bridges, Rovegno began building what would be his last home. Using stone quarried from the eastern hills of Napa Valley, Rovegno and Brovelli constructed a utilitarian, craftsman-style building that possessed more functional charm than overwrought beauty. Almost 20 years after he passed away in 1954, the historic stone property was converted to a boutique, seven-room inn known as Burgundy House Inn, which remained in operation until 2007.
Today, the Charles Rovegno House is a blend of past, present, and future. In addition to its National Register of Historic Places status, Ma(i)sonry is listed on the Napa County Historic Resources Inventory. While its façade has been "lifted," the integrity of this historic structure remains intact. Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley's intimate, organic design serves as the perfect backdrop for "a life aesthetic."
The Ma(i)sonry gallery is open daily for our guests to peruse the artwork and acquire wines. We invite you to make an appointment for a seated wine tasting at Ma(i)sonry hosted by a wine educator. Enjoy a wine tasting experience in one of three private rooms in the historic house or the outdoor gardens which are landscaped around architectural remnants, contemporary sculpture, and a stone fire pit.
With every collection created by the hand of an artist, artisan, or designer, Ma(i)sonry's varied incarnations are each as richly textured as the other, celebrating life's aesthetics. Collections of art and sculptures on display will rotate seasonally with exhibits from Napa Valley favorites, the best in the Bay Area, as well as some of the most respected names worldwide—all of which will be available for viewing and purchase.