Exclusive Bennett Valley AVA vineyards offer ideal conditions for the nurturing of high quality vines from the very first day of planting. The Destein vineyard in this wonderful local has consistently produced grapes for fine wine since 2003. Under superior stewardship, management and farming practices it will continue, resulting in an investment that will continue to provide amazing rewards for years to come.
The owner of this beautiful property writes-
At the foot of Sonoma Mountain, lies a secluded 250 acre private valley that is part of the Bennett Valley AVA, covered in elegantly manicured vineyards, clusters o native oaks and the meandering Matanzas Creek water shed. The gated valley community divided into five vineyard estates collectively called “Chateau de Vigne”. Estate parcel 4, the Destein Estate, is the largest and most desirable of the sites. It sits in the center of the valley, atop a 22 acre oak covered knoll, surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards.
The Destein Estate comprises 52 acres of land, of which over 32 acres are prime Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyard. The grapes from the vineyard go primarily to La Crema and Matanzas Creek Wineries. The Destein family retains a ton of their grapes each year to create 50 cases of their own estate bottled wines. Their wines have won numerous awards over the years at Marin and Sonoma County wine competitions, including the Gold Medal “Best of All Reds” for their Merlot at the 2008 Sonoma Vintage Festival.
The estate building site is located at the edge of the 20 acre oak covered knoll overlooking the vineyards. The mostly lever, “construction ready” site is easily reached from a paved driveway. An engineered mound septic system was completed in 1998. Power and phone service were brought to the site in 2000. A new 5,000 gallon water tank was installed in 2004, providing water service and a fire hydrant to the building site. Water comes from a 350 foot deep well, rated at over 100 gallons per minute.
The vineyard includes a 1,100 square foot farm worker “Rose Garden Cottage” at the edge of the vineyards. There is a second 1,000 square foot “Vineyard View Cottage” on the knoll overlooking the vineyards that is for owner use and will ultimately become the guest cottage for the new estate villa once it is completed.
If you have imagined the perfect vineyard estate for elegant wine country living and a sound investment for long term security, this has to be the best opportunity to achieve both. Less than one hour from downtown San Francisco and centrally placed, equidistant from Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Petaluma and Santa Rosa, makes this an ideal location for your wine county dream home.
Upon retiring from a career in sales and marketing and working at upscale restaurants, I committed myself to researching what career would anchor the next chapter of my life. Becoming a real estate broker presented me with the perfect opportunity to enjoy and pursue my greatest interests. Being a top-performing broker in this magical setting is an all-encompassing pursuit that allows me to be intimately involved with old friends and meet new ones. I love the land and the homes, the celebrations and events, investigating and investing in real estate and riding and caring for horses. The family vineyard here in Sonoma Valley is also very much a part of my husband’s and my life. All of the aspects of matching people to their dream, complex or simple, bring me great satisfaction. Doing that skillfully provides my clients with genuine satisfaction. I am proud to work for Sotheby’s International Realty, which has provided me with even more tools and team members to better serve my clients when they’re faced with the special needs and challenges that wine country properties and estates may present. With my technical capabilities and intimate knowledge of marketing, which includes the latest Internet technologies, I can ensure you the buying and selling cycles will be quicker, smoother and more profitable for you.