Type:Land / Vineyard
From its peaceful promontory overlooking the entire Napa Valley and across to Sonoma, this irreplaceable vineyard estate is a one-of-a-kind wine country oasis with sweeping unobstructed vistas that could not be replicated today. Known as Seven Stones, the property offers a truly rare opportunity for the connoisseur who dreams of producing a highly desirable estate-grown wine in the tradition of Europe’s finest vintners and who is ready to step into a turn-key, high-end operation.
Located within and above the revered Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, which is the Napa Valley’s prestige address for dining, golf, and the highest premium rated wines, the idyllic 45-acre property is a haven for the vintner, friends, and family. The ambience recalls an Old World Italian village, where the setting, its dwellings, and its history are inextricably intertwined. In addition to a distinctive main residence, the estate also boasts an operating winery, resort-like grounds, a refreshing swimming pool and terrace, and other spaces and structures for entertainment, relaxation, gardening, hobbies, art appreciation, and leisurely outdoor sports activities. Additionally, the estate can host parties for 200 and comfortably sleep five families for extended visits. For many years, Seven Stones has conjured a wealth of meaningful experiences for the current owners and their loved ones.
An outstanding, highly rated small vineyard producing a highly allocated wine is the heart and core of the estate. Consisting of 2.75 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines and one quarter acre of Cabernet Franc grapes, the ultra-premium vineyard recalls those of France’s wine country and was conceived and permitted for small top-tier estate-bottled production. Accompanying the vineyard is a fully equipped winery building, which includes processing and barrel rooms and an upper-level tasting salon with expansive views. The vineyard produces between 400 and 500 cases of wine per year, much of which is sold through a highly profitable direct-to-consumer distribution channel at $210 per bottle, offering an attractive income flow.
Designed by architect William Ming Sing Lee, who worked with the legendary I.M. Pei, the sophisticated three-bedroom main residence, set upon rolling topography featuring dynamic elevation changes, has a unique aesthetic and was sited to make the most of the spectacular views. Highlights of the 6,588-square-foot interiors include an eat-in chef’s kitchen with superior appliances, a triple-height living room, a banquet-appropriate dining room with a built-in buffet, a long gallery wing with built-ins for the display of three-dimensional art, a cozy den with a fireplace, a wet bar designed with entertaining in mind, a fitness room, a private office, a wine cellar, and an attached three-car garage. Generous wall spaces throughout create a gallery-like environment ideal for the display of an art collection. Distinctive architectural details, display of three-dimensional art as well as paintings and custom cabinetry in the long gallery wing, a fluid floor plan, soaring ceiling heights, and a seamless indoor-outdoor flow make the home a superlative setting for the contemporary California lifestyle and entertaining on any scale.
A true estate, the property encompasses several other residences and structures, including a poolside guesthouse with a living room, fireplace, two bedrooms, a two-car garage, and an enviable outdoor kitchen; a romantic three-level “Tower House” with living room, one bedroom and office/den, and which enjoys mesmerizing views up and down the valley including the Mayacama mountains and Atlas Peak; a one-bedroom 1,354-square-foot caretaker’s cottage with living and dining rooms and a landscaped backyard with a fireplace and a hot tub; a spacious woodworking studio with an office; a 900-square-foot barn; 29-kilowatt solar panels; a whole-estate generator; and two wells with an impressive filtration and distribution system.
Beyond the land devoted to vineyards, the remainder of the acreage features a delightful diversity of topography, elevation, and flora. It includes a 1.5-acre orchard, a vegetable garden, a grove of 70 olive trees, 2.5 acres of cutting gardens, swaths of mature native trees, extensive irrigated landscaping, an impressive sculpture collection, and a bocce court. The land and structures appeal to a wide range of interests and allow for independent groups to engage in varied activities—art, fitness, gardening, woodworking and other crafts, swimming, or simply relaxing in the sun and appreciating the view. A team consisting of master winemaker, business manager, caretakers, gardeners, and landscapers is in place to provide established in-depth knowledge and skill. Trails have been blazed throughout the property, and many connect with those of the Meadowood Resort. Spots throughout the acreage are ideal for lounging in the fresh open air, stargazing at night, and reveling in fireworks on the Fourth of July.