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A midsummer’s wine-making dream: 5 winery estates for sale

From Realtor.com's 'House Unique'

Editor’s note: The following item is republished with permission of Realtor.com. See the original article: Homes on the Vine: Five Winery Estates You Can Buy Right Now.

By Neal J. Leitereg

While you can sip it year-round, the summer months are predominantly wine season, as warm weather and serene vineyard settings make for a leisurely getaway, whether it’s extended or just for a day. Many have mused, while tasting of course, that opening their own winery would be heaven outside of a bottle, and the idea is not all that farfetched as plenty of chateaus growing vino are currently up for sale on the open market. Whether you are eyeing a career path that involves growing your own grapes or simply want to indulge in the fantasy of viticulture, here are five awesome wineries you can purchase right now.

Quixote Winery Estate in Napa Valley, Calif.

For most us, perhaps more so with those living on the West Coast, when you think of wine country, the Napa Valley instantly comes to mind. Some of the U.S.’s premier vineyards can be found in this prime grape-growing area, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get in on the action — you will, however, have to shell out a pretty penny to do so.

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Rising from the valley like a mirage on the east side of Napa is the Quixote Winery Estate, an imaginatively-constructed wine-growing oasis currently listed for $35 million. The winery itself, a design by Viennese architect and philosopher Friedrich Hundertwasser, features 27 acres of organically grown vineyards, which can be harvested for wine production of up to 20,000 barrels. Adding to the property’s allure is the home on the property designed by Howard Backen. A secluded lake is also on the premises.

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