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Seemingly countless properties in the Napa Valley region claim to afford “the quintessential wine country lifestyle,” but this impressive 14-acre estate—a Mediterranean-style residence enveloped by more than 11 acres of flourishing vineyards, stalwart trees, picturesque lanes, swaths of grassy lawn, and regal rolling hills and mountains—is a rare milieu, photos of which practically beg to for a “Wish You Were Here” postcard caption. The addition of a swimming pool and spa, outdoor living and dining spaces, a bocce court, a fire pit, gardens, and a guesthouse results in an exceptional estate of nearly irreplaceable caliber.
Napa, California | Hillary Ryan, Sotheby’s International Realty – St. Helena Brokerage
With its barrel-tiled roofline, ornate ironwork, august stone, and svelte cypress trees lining the entry path, the main residence brings to mind a European villa surrounded by vines. The distinctly modern single-level floor plan, though, is designed for living and entertaining in Napa Valley’s singular “comfortably elegant” style. The professional-caliber stainless-steel appliances in the airy, open kitchen will please chefs of all skill levels. Beyond are a formal dining room, a well-outfitted home theater, and several other spaces for relaxing or celebrating, including an open-plan great room with a fireplace, room for a large dining table, and a spacious cocktail bar with counter seating. Of the estate’s six bedrooms, the primary suite is a restful vineyard-view oasis with a fireplace and a light-flooded bath that offers a roomy glass-enclosed steamshower, a soaking tub set beside a window with an iconic vista, and access to an enviable outdoor shower. As would be expected, the residence includes a wine tasting room. Throughout, oversized windows transform views of vineyards, trees, and clear sky into dynamic art.
Also in keeping with quintessential California living, nearly every room in the home opens to both covered and open-air lounging, dining, and entertaining spaces. Visitors will appreciate the seclusion and style of the 634-square-foot guesthouse, a pastoral retreat in its own right with living space, one peaceful bedroom, a dedicated parking area, and a private covered patio. Surrounded by verdant vineyards, the dazzling pool encourages consummate relaxation with its Baja shelves, alluring integrated spa, and plentiful spots for repose. The avid gardener will enjoy the vegetable gardens and fruit orchard, while the bocce court encourages outdoor diversion. The property makes the most of its location with a second-level deck ideal for basking in rosy sunsets.
The location—in the Oak Knoll District American Viticultural Association, at the southern end of the valley near Yountville—benefits from a cooler, more moderate climate than that of other appellations. A wide variety of grapes thrive here, making the idyllic land a prime environment for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay vines. Yountville offers an array of lauded restaurants—including the legendary French Laundry—popular shops and wine tasting rooms, and inviting parks and open spaces. Numerous other renowned large-scale vineyards neighbor the estate, completing the sensation of being fully immersed in the wine country life, dreamt of by many but achieved by only a lucky few.