Secretly nestled on Spring Mountain sits a dreamy, 42-acre estate that’s listed at $33.15 million. But before you gawk at the price tag, know that this is a package deal, which includes not just an exquisite home, but also vineyards and a luxury wine brand.
It’s a familiar story in Napa Valley: British ex-patriots and owners Perry and Carolyn Butler left the tech industry for the wine dream. They built the house in 1998 after struggling to find a Tuscan/Mediterranean-style home that also had room to plant. When they got their first look at this property (and the view), they took it on the spot, even though it just had the foundation of a house.
“The view is to die for, it goes right down Napa Valley, and in the morning all you can see is the balloons. It’s gorgeous,” said Perry Butler, who said the reason for selling is simply retirement.
“We just want to retire. We’ve done this now for 18 years, and the time is right to move on and give it to somebody else,” he said.
The wine label, Juslyn Vineyards, is currently under the direction of winemaker Angelina Mondavi, daughter of Marc Mondavi of Charles Krug. Valued at $7.2 million, the brand’s two red wines have consistently scored 91-96 points by Robert Parker for the last 15 vintages
“She has one of the best palettes I’ve ever come across. Her blends are incredible, and she has a passion for the vineyards as well, which she shares with me,” said Butler of working with Mondavi.
Like Howell Mountain and Diamond Mountain, the Spring Mountain growing region is gaining more popularity for its primo mountain fruit, and Butler says this property specifically sits in the middle of an hourglass shape in the land, resulting in an extra unique climate due to the wind that travels through the gap.
Currently planted vines of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot produce between 14-25 tons, depending on the year, and there’s room for another couple of acres to be planted.
As for the Tuscan/Mediterranean-style, seven-bed, six-bath, 9,600-square-foot mansion, it sits on 8 acres and comes equipped with a large motor court for showcasing an exotic or vintage car collection, a garden center with two greenhouses and a wine cellar that can fit upwards of 6,000 bottles.
Out back, you’ll find more amenities: an 80-foot lap pool that stretches beyond the length of the house, outdoor kitchen and pizza oven for summer entertaining, a gorgeous fountain statement piece, koi ponds, gardens, guest house, and a slew of other open-air lounge areas.
Inside, the floors are marbled and natural light flows in via large collections of windows. As you tour the many rooms, you’ll meander your way through a series of French doors and under towering ceilings. A majestic, semi-spiral staircase leads to the second floor, where there are four bedrooms (one currently set up as a gym, another an office), and several rooms have balconies. The master suite, on the ground floor, extends into a large sitting area with a window seat, and the main living room features a grand, limestone fireplace for chilly nights.
Future owners have the chance to make their own mark on the estate, for there is an additional 2.25-acre home site, primed for construction.
While the property sits not too far up Spring Mountain Road, to the right of Fantesca Winery, it’s so secluded, hidden beyond a gate and up a long driveway, that it feels as if you’re at the very top, with nothing else around but 360-degree views.
And yet, the action of downtown St. Helena, with boutique shopping and world-class food, is just a few minutes away.
“This estate is only a five minute drive to downtown St. Helena with amazing views of vineyards. It’s private and peaceful, which is very rare to find so close to downtown,” said Sotheby’s International realtor Olivia Hsu Decker. “Many vineyards are in remote locations, way up on the hill tops, and you have to drive more than 45 minutes just to buy groceries or go to a restaurant.”