Imagine stepping onto a property that literally takes your breath away for a split second. That moment when you step across the property’s threshold and your eyes (and soul) take in the magnificence that unfolds before you: row upon row of pristine vineyards, spectacular vistas from every angle, architecture that leaves you stunned by its masterful design and elegant ambiance. No, this isn’t your everyday luxury home: this is something different. Introducing the exclusive world of wine estates. Since we’re in the midst of California Wine Month, we thought this is the perfect time to show our readers five of the most exquisite wine estates in California.

Prepare yourself for that moment of awe, because here we go:

Southern California

Set in the pristine countryside of the Santa Monica Mountains is “The Malibu Estate,” a magnificent Southern California wine estate that easily rivals Tuscany or Bordeaux in its beauty. Architect Louis Angelikis meticulously designed this very private 235-acre compound with great care to replicate the classic style of Mexican Haciendas. The grounds include a fully operational 25-acre vineyard, a 12,000 square-foot main house with eight bedroom suites, as well as two guest houses and grounds that include three swimming pools, al fresco dining areas, a six car garage and—or course—a wine storage room. The estate soars 1,400 feet above the coastline, yet the Malibu beach is a mere five minutes away.

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29000 Newton Canyon Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265
$43,500,000

This five-acre Santa Barbara retreat could easily be confused with a Tuscany estate with its gorgeous Mediterranean architecture, vibrant green vineyards and majestic views. The dual-level home on the grounds spans 3,040 square feet with three bedrooms, three baths and a beautiful custom kitchen. The property also features a lovely detached casita.

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927 Coyote Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
$3,250,000

This beautiful Mediterranean-influenced estate is a sight to behold. Located on five acres the stunning property is home to a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, as well as an expansive 4,836 square-foot, custom home adorned with arched windows and plenty of natural light. The floorplan includes four bedrooms, five and one-half baths, a gourmet kitchen and hardwood floors, and just outside the French doors are a sparkling pool, sitting or exercise room and enough land to accommodate horses or

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39345 Calle De Companero
Murrieta, CA 82562
$1,125,000

Central California

Just 30 minutes outside of the state capital is one of the most awe-inspiring wine estates in California: Sierra De Montserrat. The Tuscan-inspired estate spans over four acres and is surrounded by functioning vineyards, as well as landscaping that includes a scenic pond, expansive patios, loggias and breathtaking views. The main home is 6,785 square feet with five bedrooms and five and one-half baths.

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5300 Montserrat Lane
Loomis, CA 95650
$3,150,000

Northern California

“Contemporary Masterpiece” is the only way to describe the Mexican-styled Casa De La Blanca estate. Located within Sonoma wine country, this fabulous compound is renowned for its striking architecture, incredible views and 13.6 acres of natural beauty. The grounds also include modern water features, a pool house and two-bedroom guesthouse. While there is no working vineyard on the property, its prime location is just minutes from some of the region’s finest wineries in Healdsburg and Sonoma.

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7400 Shiloh Ridge
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
$8,900,000

Which property would meet your ultimate wine estate expectations? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.