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Award-Winning Wine is Made at this 187-Acre Vineyard in Sonoma, California

The nearly $20 million estate has a four-bedroom main house that took craftsmen a number of years to construct.

Jonelle Mannion | MANSIONGLOBAL.COM

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Listing of the Day

Location: Sonoma, California

Price: $19.5 million

Named for the “thickets of hardwoods” that dotted the land, Los Chamizal Vineyard was first planted in 1976-78 by vintner Peter Haywood, who still runs the vineyard today, and it quickly became one of the most respected producers of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec in Sonoma Valley. 

Nestled in the rolling hills above downtown Sonoma, the 187-acre property features 56 acres of vintage grape vines spread across gracefully terraced slopes that enjoy well drained soil and produce intensely flavored fruit.

There are several structures on the property, all built throughout the 1970s and ’80s, with the exception of the stunning main residence known as the Stone House, which was completed in 2006 after eight years, said listing agent Mark Stornetta. Sitting atop the property, commanding views of the rolling hillsides and vineyards, the elegant Stone House was built from hand-chiseled rock found on the estate.

Aerial view of a vineyard
The estate’s acres of award-winning vineyards are planted across rolling, rocky slopes.
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Despite the beauty of this striking family home, Mr. Haywood and his wife have always lived in the two-bedroom wood cabin also on the property. Asked why he decided to build the Stone House, Mr. Haywood told Mr. Stornetta that the site “deserved to have a proper home on it.” 

“What’s remarkable about this property,” Mr. Stornetta said, “is the patience and vision and care that was poured into it over the decades while never compromising the materials for this vision. This property has a soul.”

Stats 

The 187-acre estate includes a 56-acre vineyard, with a 5,275-square-foot main residence (the Stone House), which has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, as well as a 1,298-square-foot cabin with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. In addition, there is a 2,780-square-foot barn, which has 1,120 square feet of guest units, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms in total.

Amenities   

The historic Haywood Estate vineyards are spread over rocky terraces and sloping hillsides in the Moon Mountain Appellation, and produce wines from Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes. These multi-award winning wines have received accolades, including being named the Indy International Wine Competition Best Wine of the Year (2000) for the Haywood Estate 1997 Sonoma Valley Rocky Terrace Zinfandel, Mr. Stornetta said.

The Stone House features a wood-paneled library and media room, radiant heating, a carport for two cars (in addition to ample outdoor parking) and flagstone dining patios.

The cabin overlooks a lake with a dock and a broad front porch that cantilevers over the water, as well as two agricultural ponds. 

View of a wood cabin by a lake
Built adjacent to the pond, the wood cabin was constructed from wood reclaimed from the San Francisco docks.
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Constructed of wood salvaged from San Francisco’s Pier 41, the rustic barn features parking for four cars, a wine cellar, a tool room, plus an office or storage space below. Upstairs, a cabin-style guest retreat includes a living room, a bedroom and a full bath. At the opposite end of the barn, there’s a second one-bedroom suite with a kitchen and full bath. Downstairs, there is a separate office and full bathroom. There are also solar panels on the roof. 

The grounds feature a vegetable garden, and are planted with many kinds of fruit trees including apple, nectarine, pear, Fuyu persimmon, pomegranate, plum and table grapes. 

Neighborhood Notes  

Lying at the heart of California’s Sonoma Valley, one of the world’s most well-known wine-growing regions, the vineyard estate enjoys a rural setting just two miles from the historic, 19th-century Sonoma Plaza. 

The city of Sonoma is known for its art galleries, its vibrant farmer’s markets and its many 19th-century adobe buildings, including the Sonoma Barracks, once used by the Mexican military, and mission San Francisco Solano. 

The Mayacamas Mountains offer outdoor recreation of all kinds, while San Francisco lies less than an hour’s drive south. 

Agent: Mark Storenetta, Compass

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