A winery, wine tasting room and event center on 60 acres in Amador County, in the heart of Shenandoah Valley, is for sale for $7.2 million.
Erika and Jerry Wright, who also own another Plymouth, California, winery — Villa Toscano — are selling their attractive Bella Piazza property. With an Italian villa vibe, the grounds feature a stunning pond with fountains against the backdrop of rolling hills, cypress and olive trees and rows of vines.
Shenandoah Valley is an American Viticultural Area about 45 miles east of Sacramento. The AVA includes portions of Amador and El Dorado counties.
“We call it the queen of Shenandoah Valley because it is ... just beyond anything else else out there in the Shenandoah Valley,” said listing agent Yvette Mancebo of Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty.
Bella Piazza was built to host celebrations, gatherings and events, especially weddings, which is fitting, according to Mancebo. There is even a bridal suite on the property.
“The essence of Bella Piazza is love,” she told The Bee. “The sellers put their heart and soul into this place for 20 years and you can see it in every small detail. This place was meant for love, for memories to be made by weddings, celebrations, corporate team building, any kind of gathering. It was to be a place for all celebrations of life. It is time for a new chapter, new gatherings and the creation of a new story. That’s what I’m feeling about the place.”
However, the estate opens up a lot of opportunities for a buyer. There are two main buildings: a tasting room and the event center. The listing notes the property has 9,906 square feet of space, with two bedrooms and a total of five bathrooms, making it possible to convert it into a bed and breakfast inn or a family residence.
“I think you could make it into a house,” Mancebo said. “In today’s building costs, you couldn’t build a 10,000-square-foot house for $7 million.”
As it is, the property is ready from Day 1.
“The investor has the opportunity to continue with the established Bella Piazza brand, logos, and intellectual property, along with the wine club, to be negotiated, or bring in another established winery and utilize the established infrastructure for a turnkey establishment,” according to the property listing.
There are about 1,000 Bella Piazza wine-club members, Mancebo said. Wine vineyards make up 43 of the property’s 60 total acres.
Mancebo didn’t hesitate when asked what are her favorite features of the property.
“The architecture, the setting with the water feature and the olive trees and the patio,” she said. “With the music playing, you feel like you’re in Italy. The architecture is just so stunning. I could just enjoy wine and stare at the buildings and think, ‘Oh, I’m in Italy right now.’ Yeah, it takes you away.”
Mancebo, who lives in Sutter Creek, near the Shenandoah Valley wineries, said she could also see the potential buyer being an already established producer of wines who is looking to expand.
“What I think would be a great buyer is somebody from Napa who wants to wants to add the zinfandel grapes,” she said. “Amador County is is known for the zinfandel, and the barbera and some of those really rich, deep reds that are produced here — different from Napa where you have cabs and you have a lot of white wines. We’ve got these really, really heavy, amazing red wines. So I think a Napa company would be a great match to partner up and add that to whatever they have for their varietals.”
The winery at 19900 Shenandoah School Road was built in 2003.