Private compounds—in many ways the epitome of consummate custom exclusivity—are rare in any market or locale, ideally affording dazzling scenery, superior amenities, and spaces for everyone to relax, unwind, and enjoy resort-caliber luxuries. Known as Journey Napa Valley, this 56.95-acre compound in the epicenter of California’s famed wine country is just such an escape. It allows for quiet, intimate moments indoors; cheerful afternoons spent awash in sunshine and fresh air; strolls on hiking trails or amid rows of flourishing grape vines and fruit and flower gardens; and festive fêtes attended by local and international friends.
Napa, California | Hillary Ryan, Sotheby’s International Realty – St. Helena Brokerage
The centerpiece of the estate is an airy main residence—an oasis of timeless elegance enjoying breathtaking valley, mountain, and vineyard views. The home in turn is anchored by a fluid open great room with high beamed ceilings, richly hued wide-plank pecan flooring, a warming wood-burning fireplace, and French doors giving way to an expansive covered ipe deck affording a 180-degree vista fit for a postcard. Other highlights include a club room with a full bar, a wine chiller, an ice maker, and a built-in audiovisual system; a vineyard-view kitchen with Dacor, Viking, and Sub-Zero appliances and a walk-in pantry; a practically requisite temperature-controlled wine cellar; and an owner’s suite with a spa-like bath that includes a jetted tub and a steamshower. Throughout, varied materials and textures create visual interest, while a soothing minimalist palette allows collectible pieces from around the globe to take center stage. Steps from the residence are a pergola with a fireplace and a sun-washed terrace enveloping a refreshing heated swimming pool and spa accompanied by an outdoor shower.
In addition to the home’s three comfortable bedrooms, the property provides four additional sleeping spaces in two guest residences. The enviable 5,000-square-foot event barn is a breezy, welcoming venue for life’s large-scale celebrations—it has hosted well-known local vintner events and would also be ideal for displaying a car collection. For more pragmatic moments, an interior loft offers space for discreet wine-related work and storage. An adjoining two-bedroom apartment features a full kitchen, living and dining areas, laundry facilities, and storage.
The estate sits on the brink of Oak Knoll District American Viticultural Area—known for its consistent moderate temperatures—making it an ideal milieu for 9.28 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape vines producing “balanced, expressive, and healthy fruit” grown utilizing sustainable practices. Careful vineyard management results in an impeccable wine replete with the characteristics of the area’s singular terroir. More than grapes can thrive here, too—the grounds also sustain a 100-tree olive orchard, raised garden beds, and fig, peach, wild plum, pear, lime, and Meyer lemon trees.
Journey Napa Valley has a unique ability to make every moment memorable. Landmark events can be accommodated in singular style in the barn, on terraces, or beside the pool. While the living rooms are sure to be the scene of many a relaxed evening, the charming kitchens encourage gathering around the islands or tables for significant meals or midnight snacks, and many hours of restful repose will pass in each of the peaceful bedrooms. Equally apropos for momentous occasions and every regular day in between, the property serves as a stylish reminder that life is indeed a wonderful, colorful, varying journey.