Project Description

Wine Country Escape

2250 Upper Nelligan Rd., Glen Ellen CA 95442

Offered at $2,995,000

Accessed by a country lane flanked by rolling vineyards and views, this gated hilltop home with winery below rests on approx. 122.73 acres in the heart of the Valley of the Moon.

Approx. 3,444 sq. ft. residence offers an open plan with abundant windows and accesses to the outdoors. Wrapping covered veranda and sunny decks create extensive entertaining and relaxation areas. Entry leads into a formal living room. The dining room accesses the grounds and adjoins the deluxe country kitchen featuring a farm sink with east-facing window with grounds views, large center island equipped with prep sink, multi-seat breakfast bar, storage and large skylight above.

Off the living room is the office/den with library built-in shelving and cabinetry and solarium access. Bedroom wing has 2 large guest bedrooms, full guest bath and laundry. The spacious master suite enjoys privacy and features vaulted ceilings, large banks of picture windows, sitting area and walk-in closet with built-ins. Master bath with raised soaking tile surround tub, stall tile shower, double basing vanity, water closet, built-in linen closet and access to the solarium.

Guests or family will enjoy autonomy in the separate lower level with two rooms and a full bathroom, wood-burning stove and sliding doors to the exterior. This level includes a 2-car garage with work bench, storage and the winery. This approx. 1,742 sq. ft. area is insulated, has a concrete floor with drainage, a rollup door and is large enough to park several cars or equipment. Zoning combined with agricultural use allows additional dwellings. Located within the Moon Mountain wine growing appellation amidst multiple renowned vineyards. The land offers approx. 20-30 plantable acres and multiple additional building sites. Water is provided by private/shared well with storage.

Grounds include garden beds with drip irrigation and fencing. Located above the center of Sonoma Valley approximately 15-20 minutes to all Sonoma Valley towns.

Property Features:

Approx. 122.73 acres
Zoning: RRD, B6, 100, LG/MTN, RC, 50/50 and SR
Moon Mountain wine growing appellation
Approx. 3,444 sq. ft. home
4 bedrooms, 3 baths
Multiple entertaining areas
Construction includes permitted winery
Gated residence, paved driveway
Private, tree-studded grounds with views
Deep, covered decks on north & west sides
Scenic Valley of the Moon location near Glen Ellen, Kenwood & Sonoma

Living Room
Banks of floor to ceiling windows overlooking deck & views
Gas burning wood stove
Adjoins dining area

Large island
Bar seating, prep sink and wood cabinetry/storage below
Corian countertops
Tile backsplash
Farm sink with large picture window above
Extensive cabinetry and storage
Central skylight
Miele hooded electric stove + 2-burner propane stove
Kitchen Aid dishwasher, microwave & oven
Warming drawer
LG double door refrigerator
Cork floors

Sliding door access to solarium
Large picture windows
Library-like built-in cabinetry and shelving

Accessed from multiple rooms
Walls of wood-trimmed windows & sliding doors to sunny decks
Tile floor
4 skylights
New windows 2017

Bedroom One
Picture window with views of the woods
Louvered closet doors

Bedroom Two
Picture window with views of the woods
Double door closet with built-in shelving

Built in laundry area with utility sink & storage
Two storage closets

Full Guest Bathroom
Tile floor & counters
Shower over tub
Single basin vanity
Wood trimmed windows
Wood cabinets
Linen closet

Master Suite
Banks of large windows with views
Vaulted ceilings
Recessed lighting
Large walk-in closet with built-ins
Ceiling fan

Master Bathroom
Double basin tile vanity with wood cabinetry
Tile floor
Tile stall shower
Raised soaking tub with double shower heads and tile surround
Water closet
Built-in linen cabinet
Access to solarium

Lower Level Suite
Spacious main room with sliding doors to exterior
Step down bonus room
Full bathroom with tile floor, tile stall shower and single basin vanity with wood cabinetry
Recessed lighting
Large picture windows
Gas burning wood stove
Private access to grounds, solarium and winery room

Garden beds with drip irrigation
Private shared well with 10,000 gallon concrete storage tank
New pump & pipe in 2017
Underground electricity from pole to home
Propane gas
Central heat/AC & whole house fan
Two wood burning stoves
Roof replacement in 2014/15
Fire sprinklers in home, garage, attic and covered porch
Two oversized garages for vehicles, equipment & storage
One garage previously used for winemaking
Onsite parking

History of 2250 Upper Nelligan Lane and Nuns Canyon:

These hills were planted in grapes for many years before prohibition. The hills were preferred since they were less prone to frost damage than the Valley floor. Many vineyards in the area were abandoned during Prohibition and serious replanting began in the 70’s. Cattle also grazed in Nuns Canyon for many years.

This property was last sold in 1982 and the structure was built in 1983/4 as a home (upper floor) and boutique commercial winery (cellar and office area). The home/winery was built by Dick and JoAnn Puttbach. Dick was an engineer, and he personally oversaw every phase of the construction. Dick aspired to make premium wines, using his engineering skills to do so. They created Sugarloaf Ridge Winery and made a variety of wines using fruit from area vineyards. The greatest success came for their Cabernet Sauvignons, with the 1986 and 1987 vintages achieving strong critical acclaim. The intention was to plant 20-30 acres of grapes on this property to cultivate their own fruit, but that never happened.

Sadly, Dick was diagnosed with cancer, and died shortly thereafter – just as their wines were becoming very successful. The winery was decommissioned by his wife JoAnn who remarried and gave birth to a daughter – shifting her focus from wine making to family. In 1995 a significant addition was made to the home, extending the original rectangle southwards and adding the current Master Suite (and also finishing some fraction of the downstairs space). In 2007 a major kitchen remodel was completed. In 2017 all windows in the Solarium were replaced. In all of these cases, the jobs were done with permits and county inspection was completed.

In the 70’s and 80’s most of the smaller parcels were occupied by free thinking folks with modest incomes. Over the subsequent decades Nelligan Road has attracted some very accomplished individuals, including: a founder of Starbucks, a Stanford Medical School Professor, a major hedge fund manager and former ambassador, a highly-successful Hong Kong attorney, a leading venture capital executive, and a prominent Sonoma physician.

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Located in the Heart of the Valley of the Moon.


The Shone Team
Sotheby’s International Realty
Wine Country Brokerage

25 East Napa Street  Sonoma, CA 95476
Tel:  707.933.1515   Email: tina (at)

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