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Tasting Rooms: 6 Homes for Wine Collectors & Connoisseurs

Luxury Defined spotlights a collection of exceptional estates with very special rooms in which to taste—and savor—the world’s finest wines

No longer confined to the cellar, contemporary wine-tasting rooms with state-of-the-art climate control can take center stage, allowing collectors to safely store their prized vintages—and show them off at the same time. The higher humidity and cooler temperatures of subterranean wine storage areas inspired designers and builders to create the ideal environments for wine above ground. Smart-home technology has completely revolutionized the tasting room: In addition to climate control, these dedicated spaces are enhanced with the addition of beautiful furniture and artwork, AV systems, LED lighting, wet bars, glassware display cases, and comfortable seating. Were good taste, great wines, and a discerning palate ever better served?

Stonewall Farm in New York

Encompassing 740 acres, Stonewall Farm is the largest privately owned property in Westchester County and includes a magnificent main residence, superbly maintained grounds, and world-class equestrian facilities for breeding championship Thoroughbred racehorses. Over four decades, Barry K. Schwartz, co-founder of the Calvin Klein global fashion empire, and his wife Sheryl have created an estate of refined elegance and exceptional taste. The 24,000-square-foot living spaces include a 2,200-bottle wine cellar, tasting room, and pub. Beyond the main house are formal gardens, a pavilion-style poolhouse, apple orchards, woodlands, and ponds, with sweeping vistas of the Westchester countryside—all just an hour from New York City.

Italian-Style Beach Villa in Pismo Beach, California

This Italian-style villa takes full advantage of its spectacular beachfront setting overlooking San Luis Obispo Bay on California’s Central Coast. The 7,500-square-foot, three-story home has four bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms, a great room, living room, media room, and gourmet kitchen. An elevator serves all three levels, including the temperature-controlled wine cellar and tasting room on the lower level. Outside is an ocean-facing loggia with fireplace, a gazebo, and a heated pool and spa with waterfalls and fountains. A private stairway leads down to Pismo Beach.

Constantia Estate in Cape Town, South Africa

This palatial residence on 2.5 acres of magnificent grounds is in the exclusive Cape Town neighborhood of Constantia. Encompassing 15,349 square feet, the living spaces are grand in scale, yet warm and inviting. There are bedrooms, all of them en suite, and many have breathtaking views of the mountains. The entertaining areas include a wine tasting room, a chef’s eat-in kitchen, and an outdoor braai (barbecue) area with a bar and surround-sound system. The landscaped grounds are graced with water features and a spectacular resort-style pool with sundeck.

Pikes Peak Mountain Estate in Castle Rock, Colorado

This gated estate has an idyllic 1.2-acre setting overlooking Pikes Peak in the exclusive golf community of Castle Pines, 26 miles south of Denver. The luxurious living and entertaining areas include a custom-designed wine cellar with tasting area and bar, a vast great room, stunning gourmet kitchen, family room, and a wraparound deck. There are six bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms. The sports and recreation areas include a games room, theater, gym, trampoline, and putting green. Minutes away is the 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Castle Pines Golf Club.

This grand private mansion is on a gated square within a quiet, secure, and prestigious neighborhood in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, just one mile from the Champs-Élysées. Behind the building’s historic façade lies a chic interior with the very latest luxury amenities, including a wine cellar with tasting room, movie theater, private nightclub, gym, steam, sauna, and massage rooms, and a 52.5-foot indoor pool.  The private quarters include a full-floor master suite and several guest suites. A music room, playroom, library, dining room, La Cornue kitchen, and staff apartment are further highlights of this spectacular home.

Villa Paradiso on the Navesink in Middletown, New Jersey

Villa Paradiso is an extraordinary Mediterranean-style estate on 2.9 acres along New Jersey’s Navesink River. The magnificent 16,000-square-foot residence, designed by renowned architect Robert Adler, is reminiscent of the grand villas of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The heart of the home is an entertainment level, which features a 1,500-bottle wine cellar and tasting room, and a spectacular 20,000-gallon aquarium stocked with native aquatic species. The lushly landscaped grounds include koi ponds, formal gardens, a resort-style pool, and 250 feet of river frontage with a boat dock and lift.