Award-Winning Pilgrim Vineyard and Custom Home with Pool – Winery Potential

Lodi, CA, USA


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Pilgrim Vineyard, on the market for the first time, is both a beautiful home and a secure business with great potential for expansion. Its meticulously designed, maintained and remodeled sprawling custom house and matching dependency buildings are nestled in one of Lodi appellation’s most-awarded vineyards. Sale will include all Trademark Rights to Pilgrim Vineyard.

This estate has it all. Exceptional contracts reward extraordinary fruit, a pastoral setting includes room to grow, a lovely home with a grand floorplan awaits your Family.

On Lodi’s Wine Trail route, this stunning property is a peaceful oasis. Wide porches and decks promise gracious hospitality in all seasons. New Trex decking and fresh paint welcome visitors. A spacious stamped-concrete deck surrounds the recently re-plastered 1200-square foot pool and spa sparkling amid lush palms. Eye-catching rock landscaping culminates in a waterfall flowing into the pool with cascading waters or a melodious trickle to fit any mood or event. On hot summer nights swimmers can enjoy gliding through water that slowly transitions from color to color, as vibrant underwater lights deliver a dynamic, dramatic show.

The pool’s curving perimeter hides straight segments at both ends, facilitating lap swimming. While water-treading exercises are in progress in the deep end, a spirited volleyball game takes place in the shallower play-pool section and young children splash about in the two-foot deep Acapulco. Lazy days find readers relaxing under the Acapulco umbrella. At cooler times, conversationalists migrate to the spa.

Rain or shine, the back-deck plumbing for an outside barbecue and the outside shower and garage sink add functionality. A wrought-iron fence provides safety for young Children.

Ecologically conscious details abound:

Replacing the original pool pumps with variable speed pumps resulted in a 90% reduction in energy expenditures for the pool and spa, while adding an ozone generator reduced chlorine use.

In the morning, direct sun shines on the serene backyard retreat, heating the water and brightening the private haven. In the afternoon, shadows from the house and trees progressively cover the pool, allowing swimmers and others to choose how much sun or shade they wish to enjoy.

Elsewhere on the property, a generous 1,890 square-foot garden, an orchard with room to spare and some forty varietals of fruit trees and table grapes allow a farm-to- table lifestyle.

A compost tumbler facilitates organic gardening.

Several independent drip-irrigation systems water the vineyard, landscaping, pool, orchard and garden areas with desired accuracy.

A fully owned 3.5Kw photovoltaic solar system generates electricity for the pool and residence.

Most outside and inside lights were updated to energy-saving LED.
Three owl houses and two kestrel boxes provide homes for birds of prey that patrol the property day and night, providing for an ecological solution to rodents.

A conscientious farming culture prevails:

Mature trees and easy-care landscaping blend into a carefully tended, sustainable vineyard consistently yielding extraordinary wine grapes through low-impact conservation farming. Years of conservation tillage have reduced dust pollution, curtailed soil compaction, slashed erosion, significantly increased organic matter, improved management of crop nutrients, enhanced water quality, optimized soil moisture and lowered farming costs. They have also proven a boost at harvest time, yielding healthier fruit and allowing more comfortable hand harvesting as well as pleasant strolls down vineyard alleys.

Sound land stewardship brought about gentle farming methods. Milder chemicals replaced harsher ones. We hope to pass the torch to someone who will share our enthusiasm for this special sanctuary and continue to develop its potential. An established fan base, trademark, and exceptional contracts herald business success. Existing structures and room to expand translate into growth opportunities.

Zoning will allow a second residence. Separate entrances to three downstairs wings, a pool house, vineyard rooms, and upstairs studio allow flexible use of space. This home was extensively and lovingly remodeled. It offers tranquil living, and yet is convenient to town and freeway.

Early, careful planning will promote future success:

The setting was carefully chosen.

First, the parcel is located in the up-and-coming Lodi Terroir and Appellation, with a perfect Mediterranean climate and rich Hanford sandy loam, amid a growing dearth of Old Zinfandel vineyards. The vines are firmly established and differ little from year to year. They also exhibit a high level of uniformity across the vineyard, both in ripeness and quality. Fruit thinning is almost never required. The vineyard easily attains the desired brix without manipulation or special supplementation. Yearly recognitions and awards testify to the grapes’ excellence and consistency.

Second, the Lodi area is not prone to the fires, earthquakes, and blackouts that have tragically shaken other California regions.

Third, the boundaries of this 15.68-acre parcel are not in a FEMA High Flood Risk Zone.

Construction was strategically planned.

First, the blueprints were engineered.

Second, the house is away from the road, with the vineyard acting as buffer against traffic noise. The long private lane was made wide enough to accommodate prospective development. A bucolic area awaits new crops, a second residence, and/or business expansion. A circular driveway, spacious garage apron, and ample parking space on and off the private road will comfortably meet future requirements. Town and freeway are minutes away.

Third, the house sits on an elevated foundation that affords it further protection, acts as a natural insulator, and facilitates repairs, modifications or upkeep. The height also adds to its beauty, with a wrap-around front porch gracefully surveying the vineyard and a quiet back porch appealingly opening onto a pleasant deck overlooking the pool

Additionally, successful completion of the recent upgrades was due in part to the thoughtful, original design. Details, big and small, that were covered in the planning stages will yield big dividends for years to come. There are two wells, two septic tanks, a 256-square-foot dog kennel, and a multi-purpose underground PVC pipe extending from the house to the road. The house’s orientation optimizes sun exposure, with more indoor sunshine in winter and less in summer. It features solid 2×6 construction, a great deal of steel and excellent insulation.

Weather insulation keeps the house cool in summer. Air conditioning is seldom needed outside very hot summer afternoons, as Delta Breezes from the Pacific Ocean usually provide natural evening climate control. Nine ceiling fans help regulate temperatures in all seasons. Two separate downstairs central heat & air conditioning units and an autonomous split heat and air conditioning unit in the upstairs studio allow different temperature settings as needed.

When more localized heat sources are desired, three stove/fireplaces add warmth and ambiance to different parts of the home.

In the GREAT ROOM, a Zero Clearance Fireplace Xtrordinair with catalytic woodburning technology produces highly efficient, clean fires in all burn settings as well as roaring fires with extended burn times and very high BTUs. In addition to serving as gathering place, this fireplace easily heats up and brightens the CENTRAL WING of the house and beyond on cold winter days.

The flexible FAMILY ROOM in the GUEST WING is warmed and cheered by a gas stove that easily serves the rest of the wing when doors are open.

The MASTER SUITE features a corner gas fireplace with river rock floor-to-ceiling wall.

This fireplace has two electricity sources (for a wall switch and a fan) and can be converted to an electric fireplace to provide year-round enjoyment.

Extra sound insulation in the Home Office, Master Suite, Music Room and other strategic walls, along with corresponding solid-core doors, preserve peace and privacy when the house is full of people. The overall layout of the house adds additional layers of quiet and seclusion.

The Dutch door that separates the FAMILY ROOM from the PANTRY HALL can help protect toddlers or keep pets safe.

Floor-to-ceiling shelves enhance the PANTRY ROOM’s utility. Its ample size and location make it one of the most convenient spots in the house.

In the open KITCHEN, abundant drawer and cupboard space, open cabinets, pull-out

shelves, durable stainless-steel appliances, a convenient sit-down desk and solid-surface countertops facilitate organization and food prep. The cook stove has both a convection and a smaller oven, and the microwave has convection capability, allowing many dishes to bake or roast at once when the house is richly filled with family and Guests.

The kitchen hub is a huge, custom island that provides additional storage and work surface while comfortably sitting eight or more people. The island’s creative design facilitates conversation. Elegant, dimmable pendants lights reflect the need and mood of the moment.

In addition to a scenic vineyard tableau, the strategic window behind the sink offers views of the circle drive, the side porch, the sidewalk, and the stone pathway that guide visitors to the main house. It also lets in the sunshine, frames the sunsets, and brings in cool morning and evening breezes on hot summer days. When evening nears, there is an abundance of LED, dimmable and other lights to brighten the whole area or focus on desired spaces in the KITCHEN, DINING, FOYER and LIVING ROOM.

The sunny DINING area overlooking the pool has a cheerful, many-windowed nook and accommodates an extra-long table for large gatherings. Bright or dimmable lights perfectly illuminate the table.

When the weather allows, meals can be served on the back deck or at poolside. On pleasant days, breakfast or lunch can spontaneously move to the front or side Porches.

If a more formal setting is desired, the MUSIC ROOM can do double duty as a Dining Room.

Sophisticated details abound. The dramatic two-story-tall FOYER flows into the immense GREAT ROOM. A custom solid-wood front door with an imposing shape and size is precisely matched by two arches leading from the house’s CENTRAL WING into the other two. All three arches are visible at once from the GREAT ROOM and KITCHEN, providing continuity while guarding privacy. An alcove with smart built-in shelves protects the FAMILY WING from view. A cheerful PANTRY HALL leading into the PANTRY ROOM acts as buffer for the GUEST WING. Traffic flows harmoniously from room to room on handsome wood and tile floors inspired by Old World country homes.

Despite the specialized design, the overall impression is of uncluttered space and elegance. Crown moulding and tall, vaulted or coffered ceilings endow the spacious rooms with their special character.

The discreet paint scheme with neutral tones creates additional interest and helps the various spaces merge seamlessly into a coherent whole.

Other thoughtful amenities include the numerous built-ins, extra storage, new stainless-steel and bronze-finish faucets (most of them professional grade Pfister), new hardware, in-wall wiring for electronics, built-in intercom speakers, and a large roll-down home-theater screen. This list is by no means exhaustive.

The LIVING ROOM is anchored by a dramatic, 6-foot wide floor-to-ceiling river rock accent wall and raised hearth framing the fireplace. Its imposing, natural solid oak carved shelf awaits your displays. The fireplace is flanked by matching built-in cabinets with closed compartments, open shelves, and pleasing puck lights. Each one is 6-feet wide and provides both beauty and storage. Additional shelves are available if needed.

The room’s second visual focus is an inviting 10-foot long window seat with abundant bench storage and two thick, mattress-like pillow tops that are perfect for napping, daydreaming, or extra seating.

A large, openable skylight brightens the room and enables rapid cooling in summer. Elsewhere in the house, three smaller, tubular skylights illuminate their individual Spaces.

Angled doors lead from the FOYER to the MUSIC ROOM and the HOME OFFICE. Their windows offer beautiful views of the vineyard and private road. The quiet and elegant MUSIC ROOM is extremely versatile; it could easily become an extra bedroom. The peaceful HOME OFFICE could also be transformed into a bedroom, although itsclassic but practical built-in furniture makes it an outstanding retreat for productive work. Although included in the sale, the large, matching central desk is not attached and can be turned to face the window or be replaced by a couch or bed.

In the FAMILY WING, two oversized BEDROOMS look out over the vineyard. Their equally oversized closets have double mirrored doors and custom floor-to-ceiling organizers with shelves and dedicated hanging spaces.

These rooms’ shared HALL BATHROOM was completely gutted and rebuilt. It has a new tub, a new tile wall, a new, handsome vanity with double sinks, granite countertop and back splash, new lights, new mirrors, and more. Like the other downstairs bathrooms, it also has an extremely quiet and efficient new Broan fan with LED Light.

Also in the Family Wing, the double doors to the MASTER SUITE lead to a quiet haven, with a large window overlooking the pool and vineyard, a cheerful fireplace, a flat-screen LED TV, pocket doors to the bathroom and to the walk-in closet with a custom organizing system, a separate WC ROOM, a massive linen cabinet, a big walk-in shower with two shower heads, a sparkling jacuzzi tub, two sinks, roomy cabinet and counter spaces, a dressing area and a sit-down vanity make-up table. It is the ultimate retreat.

On the other side of the house, past the PANTRY HALL, the GUEST WING has a FAMILY ROOM, a BEDROOM, and another full BATHROOM. It also houses the large LAUNDRY ROOM with a Kohler cast-iron deep sink and an abundance of cabinet and counter space. A big broom and vacuum closet, open shelving, drawers and a sit-down storage bench add practicality. Included are the full-size Electrolux refrigerator and the Whirlpool Cabrio washer and dryer with steam functions. The dryer zone is plumbed for either gas or electric power. It also has a water outlet, since the current dryer has “Quick Refresh” and “Enhanced Touch Up” settings that both use steam.   Morning sunshine bathes this cheerful room. It once did double duty as an art room with the addition of a table and has potential for many uses.

The GUEST BEDROOM has a French-style corner armoire. From this peaceful room can be enjoyed afternoon sunshine and evening sunsets. A few steps away is another remodeled full bathroom that is both bright and convenient with its good lighting, plenty of counter space and extra storage.

The large FAMILY ROOM’s two windows overlook the private road and vineyards. This room’s versality finds many expressions. It can be a pleasant library, a tranquil retreat from which to gaze upon lingering sunsets, a boisterous game room full of energy and activity, an alternative home theater, or a living and dining area for extended family and long-or-short-term guests. A European-inspired custom floor-tile “rug” design anchors the room, while a corner gas stove sparks heat and visible flames at the flip of a switch.

With its separate entrance, the upstairs STUDIO can easily be used as GUEST or CARETAKER quarters, AIR BnB, or LONG-TERM RENTAL. The panorama from its many windows is always delightful, from splendid sunrises to glorious sunsets. The studio is the perfect place to gaze upon the pool, the vineyard, or the surrounding area. On cool evenings, a gentle but invigorating breeze can flow from side to side through open windows. The ceiling fan, cordless blinds, excellent insulation and efficient, split heat & air conditioning unit also make it easy to maintain desired temperatures year-round. At night, the many lights (most LED, many dimmable) can be directed to focus on a work surface or create a relaxing ambiance.

The STUDIO makes exceptional use of space, with an abundance of lovely built-in cabinets. Behind the two large cabinets facing each other in the living area are two 96-inch x 37-inch hidden storage compartments that are accessed via their own discreet doors. They are perfect repositories for skis, fishing gear, golf clubs or Luggage.

The STUDIO feels spacious and uncluttered. It can easily fit several practical and pleasing furniture layouts to meet differing needs.

A substantial peninsula rules over the kitchen zone. Five or more people can dine around it in comfort. There are plenty of kitchen drawers and cupboards as well as outlets for appliances, including one for a built-in, counter-height refrigerator. The sink has a custom tile backsplash that echoes the property’s fruitfulness.

A clothes closet with double doors, a hat tree, and a walk-in storage room readily handle wardrobe and unpacking needs. Original plans for custom shelves and cubicles to enclose the storage room were displaced by a former stand-alone sideboard and other furnishings. The original design, or another like it, could easily be implemented by new owners.

The STUDIO’s bathroom is charming and organized. It is also easy to maintain, with an easy-care shower, a straight-line toilet and tiles installed with no-clean grout. Its contrasting cabinets offer surprisingly generous storage space. Its décor is bright, and its window happily looks upon the pool and vineyard.

The oversized 3-car GARAGE is taped, textured and painted. It has finished cabinets, open shelving, a workshop area, and additional space. It also has a deep utility sink and under-stair storage. It is lit by two windows, ceiling LED fixtures and a wall Sconce.

Two smaller dependency buildings, the POOL HOUSE and VINEYARD ROOMS, tastefully match the style of the house. They are not air conditioned and are not included in the square footage. However, they are tremendously useful and versatile and could easily be upgraded to serve additional purposes.

The POOL HOUSE is an enticing retreat opening onto the pool and garden areas. It is welcoming, with a large porch that provides ample shade in mid-day. Its French doors and many windows bring the outside in, and its many dimmable lights maintain its brightness as desired. Its warm, wood-paneled ceiling makes it a cozy retreat and its built-in shelves add practicality.

With its five windows, the larger dependency building looks like a guesthouse. The two VINEYARD ROOMS inside have ample space for vineyard equipment. The inside walls are taped and textured. The convenient little house could readily be transformed to meet new needs.

Pilgrim Vineyard’s location on the Lodi Wine Trail route, easy access, plentiful parking space, and large area for expansion/development make it a perfect place for a Boutique Winery and/or Bed and Breakfast.

Pilgrim Vineyard’s fan base will facilitate marketing. Purchasers of wines from our grapes who contemplate a visit to Lodi regularly ask if we have our own label or tasting room. Critics often assign 90+ scores to the wines. Perhaps the greatest recognition was being selected as WINE OF THE YEAR at the 2011 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, for wine made exclusively from our grapes.

An awards list is available to serious, qualified buyers.

Pilgrim Vineyard’s grape buyers love the fruit and are anxious to continue the relationship. We have two outstanding Grape Purchase Agreements. Details are available to serious, qualified buyers.

The high-end, custom touches throughout the residence testify to its thorough planning and loving investment. This home awaits your discovery.

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