Upon arrival at the rustic gate to this special place, one can’t help but stop to savor the sweeping views from the redwood groves to the East across the valley to the Mayacamas further settling to the West to the hills of Bennett Valley. There is a true sense of the history as one winds through a redwood grove past an old barn and the vineyard ultimately revealing a warm and inviting home surrounded by towering oaks and lush gardens. There is an old history to this wonderful place. Bill “Redwood” Thompson came to Glen Ellen from Kentucky in 1852. He settled here building a Victorian house and barn. The old barn remains nestled among the bay trees at the top of the hill overlooking the vineyard.
Bob and Fred Kunde purchased the property in the 1960s and planted a Pinot Noir vineyard. Many of the old vines are still producing fruit. The current owners purchased the property in 1991 and planted additional varietals in 2006. They renamed the property “Jewell Vineyards” after the family name of one of the owners who is a fifth generation Californian.
In 1992, the owners engaged William Turnbull to design what he termed a “Federal Farmhouse”, situated at the bottom of the vineyard. With soaring vertical spaces and white fir siding, the house was completed in 1993. The current owners raised their three children here enjoying many gatherings with friends and family. With over 55 acres of lovely pasture, vineyard, gardens and forest, it is hard to imagine a more perfect place to make your wine country home.
Property Features Include: 3 car garage, with one drive-through bay, 3 legal parcels, 1 bed/ 1 bath detached guest house
Views Include: Hills
Amenities Include: Swimming pool with built in spa
Built in: 1993
Designed by: William Turnbull
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Architectural Style: Farmhouse