The Suisun Valley’s wine country, just outside Fairfield, is a mélange of postcard-worthy scenes. Quiet, off-the-beaten path wineries serving Petite Sirah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Rustic family-owned farmstands teeming with fresh produce, dried fruits, nuts and freshly produced olive oils. Verdant hillsides and grapevines that reflect a rich agricultural history. Nestled between two coastal mountain ranges, southeast of Napa Valley, the Suisun Valley appellation is Napa’s sleepier, slower-paced sister. You’re more likely to find sprawling working farms and ranch houses than stately mansions and grand vineyard estates. That’s why the debut of Villa De Madre Estate to the real estate market this year marked a rare occasion.

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Set on nearly 80 acres, the prized estate is one of Suisun Valley’s finest vineyard properties.  The extraordinary European-style manor was custom-built by Sutton Construction in 2002, and is a showcase of impeccable craftsmanship.  Listing agents Bill Doyle and Rich Lewetzow of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in San Francisco Pacific Heights say the estate is masterfully executed, with quality and taste on full display in every space.

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State-of-the-art systems have been incorporated throughout the residence, from entertainment and communications to energy efficiency and security “to make this a 21st century home,” says Doyle. The six-bedroom, eight-bath, 23,000 square-foot main house features an indoor pool, wine cave and elevator.

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There is also a four-bedroom au pair house. However, the big attraction, notes Lewetzow, is that the property includes 63 acres of Cabernet vineyards producing about 150,000 bottles of wine a year. In addition, the property features two “car barns” that the owner used to hold up to 100 antique cars, and a 1950s-style diner he used to entertain his guests.

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Listed at $15,980,000, Villa De Madre Estate is a beautiful vineyard and winery estate that pays tribute to the Suisun Valley wine country tradition, while elevating it to a new standard of living.

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