Vineyard properties have become a status symbol for luxury buyers in countries worldwide. But they also draw those interested in pursuing a serious pastime, producing and enjoying their own wine or seeking an investment opportunity.
In Italy, the island of Sardinia is known for several varieties, including the white full-bodied wines produced around Olbia in the northeastern Gallura region. Growing demand, limited supply and a lifestyle close to nature make wine producing attractive for both large-scale operations and niche growers.
This vineyard estate encompasses about 17 hectares, or 42 acres, in the surrounding hills. Taking in the view of the sea, it’s about 15 kilometers (less than 10 miles) from Costa Smeralda, where the wealthy elite mingle with movie stars and dock their superyachts.
Although built in 2002 and recently renovated, the Colonial-style farmhouse maintains a rustic old-world charm with chestnut beam ceilings, Spanish terra-cotta floors, stone fireplaces and interior arches. Materials include oak interior fixtures, handcrafted railings and locally sourced granite.
The 487 square meters (more than 5,200 square feet) of interior space includes a ground floor living area with large windows looking out onto the gardens. A dining room, double living room with stone fireplace, open kitchen, TV area, bathroom, study with a loft and one bedroom with a bathroom complete this level.
Upstairs is a primary suite featuring a walk-in closet, a spa tub and two balconies.
The basement contains a tavern room, open kitchen, double living room with a large fireplace, guest bathroom and bedroom with a private bathroom for a total of five bedrooms and six bathrooms.
The outdoor living areas include a shaded porch for al fresco dining and a barbecue area on the veranda.
About two-thirds of the property is devoted to vineyards. The remaining portion is devoted to flower gardens and orchards. There are 40 fruit trees and 20 olive trees.
An underground cellar is used for wine processing and storing tools and machinery. An 80-square-meter residence (about 860 square feet) sits above the cellar and approvals are in hand for a second, slightly larger house.
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