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Top 20 homes for wine lovers

As we take you on a magical mystery tour of Merlot, Malbec, and Muscat - here are 20 homes that will tickle the tastebuds of wine lovers.

As we take you on a magical mystery tour of Merlot, Malbec, and Muscat, Oprah Winfrey has recently bought a house boasting a 56ft wine cellar. It’s designed to look like a mine passage, complete with a cart on railway tracks to collect her choices. The cellar holds 1,600 bottle of wine. Here are 20 homes that will tickle the tastebuds of wine lovers. 

Egliston Road, London SW15 £3.95m

Oenophiles – or wine lovers – must all hanker after their own wine cellars. Being able to store their treasures close by in a constant temperature is everyone’s dream. This six-bedroom house on the edge of Putney Common has a space that fulfils that criteria. There’s a wine room off the cinema room in the basement. You can sip your finest vintages while watching your favourite films.

Call Winkworth’s Putney office 020 8788 9295

Gy, Geneva £5.2m

The sunny slopes around Lake Geneva produce more wine than any other region in the country. Just outside the city, on the border with France, this six-bedroom villa is perfectly positioned to sample the local produce. It has its own wine cellar, of course, so you can start a collection of your favourite tipples. Chateau du Crest in Jussy, the next village, grows more than 18 different grape varieties.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Westmoreland Place, London SW1V £3.65m

This smart double-fronted home on the Pimlico Grid has a lovely living and entertaining space on the lower ground floor. Such a space would be wasted without a good-size wine cellar and there’s plenty of room here for your precious bottles. Pimlico is also home to Vintage Cellars, an independent wine merchant, where you can seek out the best vintages.

Call Winkworth’s Pimlico office 020 7828 1786

Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal £461,500

Go one step further and have your own vineyard. This four-bedroom villa has its own vines and a temperature-controlled wine cellar. Last year it produced 900 bottles. It is an attractive property with plenty of potential.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

East Dulwich, London SE22 £1.875m

This double-fronted five-bedroom Victorian house in the leafy suburbs offers a lower ground floor playroom which could be used as a study, gym or media room. Even better, there’s a door off it that leads to the wine cellar. Nearby is Dulwich Vintners, a family-run, independent wine merchants who import high-quality wines and run tastings, both informal and ticketed events.

Call Winkworth’s Dulwich office 020 8299 2722

Barham, Canterbury £675,000

Kent is benefiting from climate change to the extent that more than 50 vineyards in the county are now producing wines that rival the best in the world. In the heart of the Elham Valley, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, a vineyard has been established since 1979. A mile away, this pretty cottage sits in the shadow of the church steeple. It’s built on the site of a medieval house, parts of which can still be seen in the cellar, which you’ll notice while collecting your wine from this ideal storage site.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645

Nadderwater, Exeter, Devon £600,000

Who’d have thought it? Vineyards in Devon. The Manstree Vineyard just outside Exeter at Shillingford St George boasts the oldest commercially productive vines in Devon. Now 37 years old, the vines produce grapes that are sold on to local wineries. The area is known as Devon’s frying pan, as it sits in the rainfall shadow of both Dartmoor and the Haldon Hills. To take advantage of the sunny climes, why not buy this refurbished chapel which has fabulous panoramic views to enjoy as you sip your local wine.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Souillac, Lot, France £520,000

You really have to go to France if you want to immerse yourself in vinology. This gorgeous manor house has four bedrooms, a guest house and a part-converted barn with further accommodation. It also has its own private vineyard. What better than to crush your own grapes? There’s a pool you can cool off in afterwards, too.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Aureille, Provence £248,000

Sit sociably on your terrace sipping chilled rosé, shaded from the hot sun by ancient vines. This 16th century village home is full of stone arches and rough-hewn timber. It has three bedrooms, one with a balcony, and a large attic space. With rocky mountains as a backdrop, Aureille is just 30 minutes from the Camargue and the sea. The olive trees all around produce wonderful oil, while Muscat grapes grow in hillside vineyards.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Earls Barton, Northants £749,950

New Lodge is a boutique vineyard just outside the village of Earls Barton. Its location, on the south-west facing slopes of the Nene Valley, is very close to one of the oldest recorded vineyards during Roman times. Down by the river, the Mill House comes with a barn conversion and an annexe. It also has two acres of land on which you could grow your own vines.

Call Winkworth’s Northampton office on 01604 824854

Pembridge Villas, Notting Hill, London W11 £4.5m

Many city townhouses have a lower ground floor or basement. This one has a large kitchen and family area on the lower ground, but there is a vault under the front steps that could house your wine collection.

Call Winkworth’s Notting Hill office on 020 7727 3227

Rodmell, East Sussex £1.5m

This sleepy village just off the main road from Lewes to Newhaven is the perfect place for wine lovers to put down roots. Breaky Bottom Vineyard is here. This six-acre site produces award-winning sparkling wines, grown and bottled in this fold in the Sussex Downs. This 1930s property in need of some work also offers another option. There’s planning permission for a modern eco home instead. You’d have a 12 acre garden either way.

Call Winkworth’s Lewes office on 01273 471471

Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex £1.6m

Very-much-alive with artists, this picturesque village guards its beauty carefully. Located into a fold in the South Downs, the community resists large-scale developments and even yellow lines. The sandy loam soil of the area and shelter from the hills both suit the growing of vines. Nearby Bolney Wine Estate produces premium wines that win many awards, and masterclasses are offered to help you appreciate them. This four-bedroom village property has plenty of space, including a cellar to store your vineyard purchases, and is close to Hassocks mainline station if you need to commute. A ripe investment for the right buyer.

Call Winkworth’s Brighton office on 01273 772175

Winchester £1.05m

You’re spoilt for choice with local vineyards in this part of Hampshire. There’s the Three Choirs at Wickham, Hambledon Vineyard, and Burge’s Field at Itchen Abbas, as well as several more. The city is even holding a wine festival in November. So it’s lucky that this brick and flint Victorian cottage has a cellar that can be used to store your purchases.

Call Winkworth’s Winchester office on 01962 866777

Porches, Algarve, Portugal £1.14m

This villa with five en-suite bedrooms sits on 2.5 acres, along with two guest villas. It’s approached along a long driveway through majestic umbrella pines. There’s a swimming pool and an entertainment zone, topped off with that all-important wine cellar.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Costa Smerelda, Sardinia, Italy POA

Sardinia was known as Wine Island, insula vini, in the 16th century. In the 20th century, co-operatives producing high quantities of wines. Now, by reducing yields and improving cultivations, the island again produces some exceptional wines. This three-storey villa overlooking the beach is just the place to enjoy them.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy £1.7m

Live the dream! You can have your own vineyard with this Tuscan farmhouse. And there’s an olive grove, too. Imagine sitting by your own pool, dipping rustic bread into your home-made olive oil and quaffing your very own vintage.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Bourne End, Bucks £1.799m

This rambling Edwardian home has a modern appliance for every function – right down to the wine cooler. There’s bags of room for family and whatever hobby you might turn your hand to. Above all, the lawned garden runs down to a brook that flows into the Thames. You might spend a lot of time al fresco here, on your raised deck platform, enjoying chilled Chardonnay.

Call Winkworth’s Beaconsfield office on 01494 677978

Putney Heath, London SW15 £3.95m

This double-fronted Edwardian home is surrounded by mature and tranquil gardens, yet it’s close to all the amenities of Putney Heath and Wimbledon. It has seven bedrooms, plus plenty of storage in attics and outbuildings, leaving the cellar free for the wine.

Call Winkworth’s Putney office on 020 8788 9295

Near Lucca, Tuscany, Italy £2.442m

For our final drop, we return to Chianti. Where better to savour the heady aroma of the grape harvest? This hilltop villa sits just off the Strada del Vino outside the village of Sant’ Allessio. It has flexible accommodation, currently arranged as five bedrooms. There are 10 acres of olive groves, fruit trees and planning permission exists for a vineyard. Why wait? Viva the vino!

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

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