5250 Gravenstein Highway North
This enchanting vineyard estate in the heart of wine country’s Russian River Valley includes two remodeled 1920's era Queen Ann farmhouses, a swimming pool and pool house, gardens, a big red barn, and a two-acre biodynamic vineyard that has achieved a top Robert Parker rating through its vineyard-designated grapes. An idyllic turnkey property, it includes every detail—from kitchenware to an approximately 1500-bottle wine cellar—and is expertly maintained by a staff that comprises a housekeeper, a gardener, and a vineyard manager. Surrounded by world-class vineyards, this roughly six acre estate rests on a sunny knoll facing southwest and overlooking the picturesque Green Valley, a Russian River sub-appellation of west Sonoma County. It is located between the rural towns of Graton and Forestville and is surrounded by some of the world’s most celebrated wineries. From San Francisco, the drive is approximately one hour and thirty-five minutes northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge.
A Timeless Vineyard and Farm
A private gate introduces this breathtaking property, opening to the thriving vineyard, its delightful red barn, and an array of mature trees, shrubs, and other flora. At the bottom of the drive is the recently renovated main residence, which blends modern amenities with stylish spaces for living and entertaining. The 60-foot solar-heated lap pool has sweeping westward views across vineyards and is accompanied by a therapeutic whirlpool tub and a cozy pool house. Steps from the main house is a welcoming guesthouse that dates to the 1920s and is perfect for hosting visiting family and friends or for generating vacation rental revenue.
No detail was overlooked in the creation of an elegant modern ambiance in this classic country residence, from one-of-a-kind accents to stylish contemporary light fixtures. The first floor features beautiful hardwood floors, a handsome dining room, a living room, a salon, an office, a mudroom with a contemporary custom stone sink and countertop, and a guest bedroom and bath. Through floor-to-ceiling folding Nano doors, the dining room extends naturally with radiant heated floors inside and outside the deck to a peaceful patio overlooking the pool and gardens. A professional-caliber chef’s kitchen is perfect for preparing a farm-to-table gourmet meal using vegetables and fruits from the property’s gardens and orchard. Two bedrooms and a bath with a glass-enclosed rain shower are located on the upper level. The master bedroom has a high pitched ceiling with a skylight and oversized windows overlooking the manicured grounds.
The cozy pool house includes a guest suite, a half bath, and a refreshing outdoor shower.
Originally a farmhouse dating to the 1920s, the guest cottage has been recently remodeled to combine the charm and style of a bygone era with desirable modern conveniences. Contributing to the comfortable classic ambiance are arched doorways, a gas fireplace, sunny rooms with skylights, and gorgeous views of the gardens and vineyards from every window. The home offers two bedrooms, a full bath, an inviting kitchen overlooking the vineyard, and a wraparound porch for appreciating the serene scenery. A loggia located alongside the vineyard is perfect for both napping and alfresco entertaining.
The estate’s red barn is both picturesque and functional, offering an upstairs in-law unit with a bath and kitchen as well as an elevator and a temperature-controlled 1,500-bottle wine cellar.
Knowlton Farms produces several acres of sustainable farmed high-quality chardonnay grapes, in the mostly gold ridge soil common to the area. Vines have been cane pruned and have always been grown with winemaker input. Under the expert viticulture guidance of Carmine Indindoli of Indindoli Family Vineyards, the farm’s two-acre biodynamic vineyard is farmed individually, and vinified as a 'single vineyard.' Each season's harvest has been sold to local wineries as vineyard designate since 2012. The soil is a very typical sandy loam dirt with excellent drainage and is exquisitely balanced for the 101-14 Wenty Chardonnay grape vines from the Reud clone planted by the Duttons.
The vineyard is surrounded by World Class wineries including; Kistler, Merry Edwards, Dutton-Goldfield, Paul Hobbs, Emeritus, Dehlinger, and Iron Horse wineries and vineyards, creating an iconic vista. The vineyard estate generates revenue from the seasonal selling of its grapes, and its Russian River Chardonnay was recently given a 94-point rating by Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate.
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A farming community known for its Gravenstein apple orchards and grapevines, Sebastopol is a small, family-oriented city of orderly, older homes. Horses graze just a few blocks from Main Street, and cars brake for chickens brazenly crossing the road. The city’s natural beauty and its proximity to the rugged Sonoma coastline and Russian River redwood corridor are just some of the reasons Sebastopol is popular with Sonoma County homebuyers. Close to the Sebastopol business district, 100-year old Craftsman bungalows predominate. In the countryside, buyers can find custom homes on properties with vineyards, apple orchards, redwoods, and streams. To promote the sustainable farming and locavore movement, Sonoma County Farm Trails, an agritourism and farm-marketing group, offers tours of farms, ranches, and vineyards around Sebastopol.