Ahead of Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine sale in London on March 16, Luxury Defined presents six fine homes dedicated to the art of the wine collection. Extraordinary wines demand extraordinary care: Precious and fragile, fine wines demand secure cellars, wine rooms, or showcases, where temperature is constant and regulated; their curators must have space nearby for decanting, aerating—and savoring—this treasure. The six homes presented here all feature highly specialized wine cellars devoted to the preservation, care, display, and serving of great vintages. Each property finds a different way to incorporate the wine cellar into the collector’s lifestyle. From the elegant glass enclosure of a Beverly Hills modern to the centerpiece of a Singaporean seaside estate, these homes await you, your family, friends—and your wine.
1231 Lago Vista Drive
Beverly Hills, California
Fashion entrepreneur Charles Park spared no expense in designing this spectacular seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom contemporary marvel at 1231 Lago Vista Drive in Beverly Hills. The home has been built with an unparalleled level of luxury: $1 million worth of contemporary furnishings from B&B Italia, Minotti, and Gandia Blasco, are offset by the latest in-home technology, including a fully integrated Crestron automation system with environment controls.
Visitors are greeted with a pair of floating staircases and a six-foot-tall Mooi chandelier gracing the entrance hall. Then there are the 33 floor-to-ceiling Rimadesio Italian glass magnetic doors, a state-of-the-art home theater, and a 600-bottle, backlit floating wine cellar that opens with a thumbprint scan. Adding to the allure are sumptuous grounds with tropical plants, a luxurious pool deck, and alfresco entertaining areas.
Northeast United States
Discovery Stables is a world-class 160-acre horse farm dedicated to the breeding, sale, and racing of thoroughbreds. The property is strategically located in the heart of the Northeast horse racing industry, within easy reach of some of the most famous racecourses in the United States.
The estate has three distinct areas: the equestrian facility, the farm operations center, and the owner’s compound. The magnificent main house offers 25,000-square-feet of artisan-crafted, fully furnished living space. The abundant entertaining options include a 24-seat formal dining room, conservatory, great room, lounge and eight-seat bar. Accessed via the grand staircase or commercial-grade elevator, the home’s lower-level is home to a 12-seat movie theater, game room, fitness center, and an exquisite 3,500-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar and a six-seat tasting room.
The Copper House
The Copper House, by award-winning architect Sonny Chan, has an unrivaled location on Singapore’s highly desirable Sentosa Island. The house sits on 18,000-plus-square-feet of land with approximately 9,500 square feet of living space, and 130 feet of prime waterfront with panoramic sea views.
The residence pays homage to its coastal location in both its crablike design and its nautical conceit. The six en suite bedrooms are on the ground floor, “belowdecks,” while the entertainment areas enjoy the ocean and sunset views from the second floor. The Copper House redefines the concept of the “wine cellar” by placing it not in a cellar at all but as the centerpiece of the upstairs entertainment area. The state-of-the-art, temperature controlled wine storage space, which holds up to 2,000 bottles, occupies a transparent rectangular unit that can be admired by guests—readily accessible for meals and entertaining. The home’s other outstanding resort-inspired features include a ground-floor pool, spa, and gym, and a putting green.
Lake Tahoe Waterfront
Crystal Bay, Nevada
This serene estate on the shores of Lake Tahoe combines traditional mountain lodge architecture with luxurious amenities for the contemporary lifestyle. The property underwent an extensive renovation in 2002 by its current owners, who designed the indoor-outdoor spaces to incorporate stunning panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada from every room.
The floor plan has been conceived for the whole family. There is a master suite on the main level, four additional bedroom suites, an office, game room, an elevator, and a three-car garage. There’s also an intimate, temperature-controlled wine cellar with a multi-bottle capacity and a cask storage area, ideal for leisurely curating or the serious collector. The idyllic grounds lead down to more than 120 feet of Lake Tahoe waterfront with permits for two boat moorings.
Luxury Apartment in Confignon
This contemporary duplex apartment is in the picturesque Geneva suburb of Confignon, with easy access to the city center and the international airport. The fully refurbished residence offers 4,628 square feet of exquisite living areas with rich finishes and high-tech touches. The lower level hosts a gourmet kitchen, a terrace, and a formal dining room overlooking a temperature-controlled, multi-bottle wine showcase.
The second floor houses the private quarters: three comfortable bedrooms and the master suite, which is complete with a private loggia, a wellness area, a spa bathroom, and a huge glass-enclosed walk-in wardrobe. A private three-car garage, a cellar, and a private elevator complete this stylish property.
Iron Horse Estate
This rambling seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom log-style residence in Montana’s exclusive Iron Horse resort near Glacier National Park, blends elegant contemporary design with Montana ranch chic. Sited on four acres of wooded privacy, the 6,400-square-foot main home and 2,800-square-foot guest house were built with reclaimed wood beams from an old whiskey distillery and threaded iron support rods.
The exceptional finishes and luxurious features include limestone fireplaces in the great rooms, heated floors, a screening room, and fitness studio. The home also has numerous areas for entertaining. The wine room serves for bottle storage and a display: Uniquely positioned between the great room and dining room, it is both a convenience and a conversation piece.