Hollywood’s not the only California city where comedy genius and award-winning actor, Robin Williams, left a brilliant legacy. Three lucky couples will spend two nights discovering the panoramic views and many pleasures of Villa Sorriso, built by Williams in 2003 atop Mount Veeder in Napa Valley, and Pym-Rae estate originally planted by the legendary comedian nearly 30 years ago.
The Tesseron Family, owners of Château Pontet-Canet and Tesseron Cognac, purchased the beautiful property situated at the highest points of Mount Veeder in 2016. Williams had planted, very wisely, two tiny vineyards at two different heights, below and above his splendid house.
Villa Sorriso offers spectacular vistas, encompassing more than 650 acres bordering Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Tucked away between olive trees and vineyards, the 20,000-square-foot Mediterranean mansion, crafted of Portuguese limestone and antique European stone, is surrounded by a tennis court, hiking and riding trails and a spring-fed pond.
As you explore this awe-inspiring hilltop retreat, you’ll fall in love with the majestic living areas opening onto expansive terraces, multi-level lawns and a 65-foot infinity swimming pool with manicured gardens. You’ll also fall in love with the solitude, peace and tranquillity of this very private refuge for mind, body and spirit.
Especially enjoyable will be your private tour and wine tasting. Under the care of the Tesserons, the vineyard has been entirely converted to organic and biodynamic viticulture without irrigation. The responsibility for the vineyard has been entrusted to Thomas Comme, who works in close collaboration with his father, Jean-Michel Comme, the “regisseur” of Pontet-Canet.
The vines—75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 18% Merlot—are now at a perfect age to make a great wine! The average altitude is 1,500 feet, allowing deep freshness in the vines and giving balance to the wines from this small production winery, as you will be among a fortunate few to experience.
Return home to equally as spectacular wines from both Pym-Rae and Pontet-Canet. The yet-to-be-released 2016 vintage of Pym-Rae is the first vintage made by the Tesseron Family from the estate and it’s also the first time a wine has been made with only the grapes of the vineyard planted 30 years ago by Robin Williams. The couples will also enjoy three Double Magnums of Pontet-Canet from the 1982, 2000 and 2010 vintages—indisputably the most notorious milestone vintages from Bordeaux. Taken from the private collection of the Château, these rare large bottles express the evolution of the château management and the potential of the terroirs in the glass.
Château Pontet-Canet dates back to the beginning of the 18th-century and was classified a Grand Cru Classé in 1855. Since its creation, only three families have owned this illustrious property. Today, its owned by Alfred Tesseron, his two children, Justine and Noé, and his two nieces, Mélanie and Philippine. Alfred has been running the estate for the past twenty years alongside his régisseur, Jean-Michel Comme and from 2005 with his niece Mélanie Tesseron. In 2015 his daughter Justine, joined the team. They work the vineyard like a vegetable garden, respecting the natural rhythm of the seasons while maximizing the potential of its terroir without the use of pesticides. The vines have benefited from this natural harmony, producing wines which display precision, purity and character. From 2010, the entire vineyard of Pontet-Canet has been certified organic and biodynamic.
Your bid on this lot is a standing ovation to the power of laughter and wine to bring people together.
Airfare to California and ground transportation while in Napa is not included. Visit to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates.
Alfred Tesseron of Château Pontet-Canet and Pym-Rae