March 9, 2017 / Property Spotlight

4 Homes for Wine Collectors

Luxury Defined presents four stylish homes which pay special attention to the preservation, presentation, and appreciation of fine wine


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 four 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. These homes await you, your family, friends—and your wine.

Discovery Manor
Northeast United States

The estate’s main house was designed to host both grand-scale events and intimate family gatherings. The lower-level recreation area houses an elegant 3,500-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar; custom metal doors adorned with decorative vines lead to an adjoining six- seat tasting room with wine refrigeration, a dishwasher, and extensive wine-glass storage. Discovery Stables is a world-class 160-acre horse farm and 25,000-square-foot manor house with resort-style amenities, in the heart of the Northeast horse racing industry.

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
Sentosa, Singapore

At the Copper House, the wine cellar is the centerpiece of the second-story entertainment area. The transparent 2,000-bottle, temperature controlled display area is readily accessible for intimate dinners and events.Award-winning architect Sonny Chan has reimagined the concept of the "wine cellar" by taking it out of the cellar and placing it on full display. The Copper House, designed by award-winning architect Sonny Chan, is a one-of-a-kind waterfront estate on the coveted island of Sentosa, just off the coast of Singapore.

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 temperature-regulated wine cellar is a hideaway suitable for leisurely curating and contemplating one’s collection.This waterfront home on the shores of Lake Tahoe blends traditional lodge-style architecture with 21st-century luxuries.

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
Geneva, Switzerland 

This contemporary apartment in Confignon, a picturesque suburb of Geneva, has a sleek multi-bottle wine display, with temperature-controlled storage, overlooking the dining room.The residence has been creatively restored and offers 4,628 square feet of living areas with an urban-modern aesthetic.

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.

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Lucy Carsen
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