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Listed for $19.5M, Los Chamizal Vineyards in Sonoma Is a Sparkling Opportunity

Tiffani Sherman |

We raise a glass to this vineyard with a view.

Available for the first time in 45 years, a nearly 187-acre vineyard in Sonoma, CA, is on the market for $19.5 million.

“It’s remarkable,” says the listing agent, Mark Stornetta with Compass. “The location is phenomenal, and it’s got wonderful views.”

Known as Los Chamizal Vineyards, the 56 acres of vines produce zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and Malbec grapes.

The owner, Peter Haywood, planted the grapes in the late 1970s. He proceeded to found the Haywood Estate brand—a label that went through several corporate ownership changes before he bought the brand back, in late 2008. He’s now in his 80s.

“It was raw land when purchased, and the owner had a vision for this property, which was set around a pond,” Stornetta explains. “He’s looking for something smaller, with less responsibility.”

To begin with, Haywood built himself a lakefront cabin with reclaimed wood from docks in San Francisco.

The cabin measures about 1,200 square feet and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Plus, it’s designed for indoor and outdoor living.

“It’s very cool,” he says. “It’s right on the lake, and the porch cantilevers over the lake.”

Then, in the early 2000s, Haywood began construction on a large stone house situated on one of the peaks on the property, overlooking the entire parcel.

Built from stone and rock found on the property, the main home measures 5,275 square feet, with five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

It took about eight years to build and was finished in 2008. It’s in pristine condition 13 years later—because nobody has ever lived in it. Haywood has always lived in the cabin.

“We walked up to the stone house, and I said, ‘Peter, why did you build this?’” Stornetta says. “He said the property deserved a proper home.”

A large patio runs along the side of the main house with lovely views of the vineyard below.

Inside, you’ll find spacious high ceilings and the use of natural materials throughout.

The huge kitchen features two ovens, an enormous stove, two dishwashers, and a wood-burning oven.

Although it hasn’t been used much over the past decade, Stornetta says, “It’s a perfect kitchen for entertaining.”

All the home’s bedrooms have a cozy and welcoming feel.

There’s also a large barn on the property, more suited to humans than to animals.

Built from reclaimed wood from Pier 41 in San Francisco, the barn features an upstairs guest retreat.

On the lower level, there’s parking, a wine cellar, a tool room, and plenty of storage space.

Stornetta says that whoever buys the property doesn’t necessarily need to know how to make wine.

“It’s probably a lifestyle buyer who is interested in having a vineyard. They’d have the vineyard farmed by a contract farmer, which is not unusual in today’s environment,” he explains.

This isn’t to say the buyer won’t enjoy the bounty of the vineyards.

“[The buyer] may also want to make some wine themselves” and set it aside for their own consumption, he says.

However, the views and the amount of land are the main selling points, Stornetta says.

“It’s very special. You drive up to the property, and you can see the pond on the lefthand side. It’s serene and tranquil.”

For more photos and details, check out the full listing.