These O.C. Homes Tap Into California’s Rich Wine Making Legacy with Vineyards of Their Own

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Coto de Caza
31742 Contijo Way
$7.2 million
8,000 square feet
Three acres is ample room for 285 cabernet, merlot, and malbec vines, plus fruit trees, a riding arena, a guesthouse, and a pool on this gated property. The two-story French countryesque home has five bedrooms with en-suite baths. Ken Bowen, 949-459-5400

Trabuco Canyon
20031 Summit Trail Road
$2.45 million
5,500 square feet
The landscape of this 4.2-acre Mediterranean-inspired property is dotted with 600 cabernet vines. Set amid the canyon terrain is a guesthouse and a three-story primary residence with four bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and a stone-floor kitchen.
Trish Young, 714-335-6092  

Photograph by Juan Quintanilla

Yorba Linda
3765 Welsh Pony Lane
$1.85 million
4,389 square feet
This ivory-covered two‑story Mediterranean has five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. With Chino Hills State Park as its backdrop, the backyard has grapevines, citrus trees, an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace, and a large pergola.Emily Hu, 714-296-3660

 


Wisdom from… A home vineyard designer

Clayton Walker, 22, owns and operates My Home Vineyard.

Starting a home vineyard…
You can plant any time of the year in full sun and neutral soil—not alkaline or acidic. About 1,800 vines fit on 1 acre of land, but we’ve planted in as little as 12 square feet before.

Enjoying the fruits of your labor…
On average, you’ll get about two bottles of wine per plant once the vines are mature, oftentimes in their third growth season. If you plant 2-year-old instead of year‑old vines, you’ll be making wine sooner.

Saving on your water bill…
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California offers a rebate to tear up your grass and put in drought-tolerant landscaping, which is what grapevines are. Or plant the vines directly on top of grass and just let (the grass) die out.

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