Welcome to Avio Vineyards and wine country living. This 77-acre wine estate is reminiscent of a traditional Tuscan farmstead, surrounded by sunny vineyards. Owners Stefano and Lisa Watson moved to this beautiful property in 2004. They named the winery Avio, after the city in northern Italy, where Lisa’s family is from. This vineyard residence is the location for the Home Tour Art Show. Complimentary wine tasting is also offered at the adjacent Avio Vineyards tasting room.
The setting is spectacular with views of the vineyards, rolling hills and Butte Mountain. A fountain of “The Three Graces” centers the courtyard driveway and leads to the vine covered entrance of the estate.
The home’s entry is a raised foyer with Travertine stone in a Versailles pattern. The dining room on your left has a soft luster stone hand applied finish on the walls. The walls and columns throughout the main social spaces are painted in rich shades of soft gold.
The kitchen’s focal point is the large open beam ceiling with bunches of dried herbs and wild flowers dangling from the beams. A wrought iron light fixture hangs over the work island. Countertops are black granite and flooring is a warm oak. An inviting corner breakfast nook has wraparound windows for viewing the surrounding scenery. The home was built by previous owners Martin and Diane Gates and was designed by Architect Errol Esbit, of Jackson.
The backyard area is a perfect setting for weddings and private parties. A lower level pool and terrace is the essence of a spa retreat. Guests can also rent the adjoining Carriage House. This one-room guest cottage is decorated in an upscale, yet rustic, Ralph Lauren western-style. The walls are wrapped in burlap and decorated with spurs and bridles.
See the Avio website at www.aviowine.com for more information. And don’t miss this enchanting wine estate, art show and wine tasting stop on AAUW’s 43rd Home Tour.