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This beautiful country estate with its own small commercial winery and supporting vineyards combines the ambiance of a boutique California vineyard with the down-home comfort of Texas. The estate totals 58 acres, including the currently developed 37-acre parcel with a grand western-facing view overlooking the 3000 acre Mineola Nature Preserve which borders the Sabine River. Grand Oaks has had a successful winery business (est. 2014), but currently operates on a very limited basis, offering low-key and intimate wine tastings.
The Estate House & Apartment
The property includes a lovely two-story log home built in 2000. The ~3,800 sq. ft. house with an attached ~500 sq. ft. garage boasts a large wraparound porch, and a remarkable stone fireplace inside, making it a wonderful place to relax with family and friends no matter the season. The main house features 3 bedrooms, and 2 full bathrooms. The upstairs master suite offers a beautiful spa-style bath and an exercise/workout room. The home also features a loft with three directional views, including views that overlook the Nature Preserve. In addition, a large office provides convenient space to work. With only minor exceptions interior walls and ceilings are beautiful cedar, pine and spruce wood. Floors are primarily wood laminate.
A separate ~500 sq. ft. 1 bedroom/1 bath apartment located above the garage includes its own balcony with views overlooking two of the vineyards, making it a perfect income-producing opportunity as a short-term rental space.
The 1,948 sq. ft. winery was expertly designed by the architect/owner of Red Caboose Winery out of Meridian, TX, and built in 2013 to match the 400 cases per year that the vineyards produce. The winery itself was designed for easy low cost expansion if and when desired. The current 948 sq. ft. upstairs tasting room/retail area and 948 sq. ft. production area downstairs provide everything a successful boutique winery business needs. A spacious 3-sided covered exterior patio provides additional space for relaxed wine-sipping, as well as hosting special events and larger gatherings up to 50 attendees.
The property has approximately 2.2 acres of trellised vineyards totally 1550 fully irrigated vine positions planted in 2009-2012. The vineyards were built to produce 400 cases per year comprised of six (6) grape varieties, four vitis vinifera and two American hybrids. The unprecedented 2020 freeze hit the vineyards hard; however, quite a number of the vines did survive and the vineyards now contain approximately:
- 250 healthy Blanc du Bois vines recovered in the 500 position vineyard
- 90 healthy Lenoir(Black Spanish) vines recovered in the 180 position vineyard
- 50 healthy Mourvedre vines recovered in the 160 position vineyard
- 50 healthy Chenin Blanc vines recovered in the 200 position vineyard
Unfortunately, none of the Tempranillo nor Syrah vines recovered sufficiently, and must be replaced with grape varieties of the buyer’s choice. Overall, approximately 50% of the American Hybrid vines recovered, but only about 10% of vitus vinifera survived.
Oak, pine, and cedar trees abound on the rolling hills that make up the land. The trees have been largely cleared near the home, winery and vineyard areas, apart from several stunning oaks (the property’s namesake) that remain. There is an approximately 1-acre pond stocked with bass and bream on the property that is approximately 14’ deep at its deepest point. The entire east side of the 58 acre property also has a wet-weather creek running through it with limited floodplain providing several opportunities for further development of this uniquely positioned East Texas hilltop site.