(PRWEB) November 18, 2013
Investor Jamie McCourt, owner of venture capital firm Jamie Enterprises, has purchased a 22-acre vineyard and estate in the town of Rutherford in Napa County, California.
The main house on the luxury property was designed by award-winning architect Scott Johnson of Johnson Fain, who was also principal designer of the nearby and highly praised Opus One winery for Robert Mondavi and the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. The property features a garden of sculpted, mature trees and a dramatic 75-foot lap pool, which runs perpendicular to the main house. The estate’s guest house, which won an AIA award, was designed by noted architect Stanley Saitowitz.
Sotheby’s International Realty Wine Country agent Ginger Martin represented McCourt in the transaction.
“I was drawn to the property by the promise of its remarkable vines, but my decision to buy was strengthened by the stunning contemporary architecture, which beautifully blends into its natural setting, and by the property’s spectacular, expansive views of the surrounding Napa countryside,” Jamie said. “The vineyard, which was carefully planted and nurtured by its previous owners, is one of the most precious and one of the best in the Napa Valley. Robert Parker’s 93-point score for the vineyard’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and his 92+ score for the 2007 vintage made the wine world stand up and take notice of what was being grown at this elegant address in the Napa Valley. I intend to continue and expand that reputation for excellence, and I’m thrilled that David Abreu will be my vineyard manager.”
The hillside property, which overlooks the world-famous Auberge du Soleil resort, will be operated as a commercial venture. Wines from the property have appeared on the prestigious lists of many elite restaurants, the Mandarin Oriental and Ritz Carlton Hotels in San Francisco, the Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara, and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Jamie McCourt is a respected food and wine connoisseur. She trained in the South of France with the legendary and visionary Madeleine Kamman. She is also an investor in a variety of culinary ventures including Bouchon of Beverly Hills, founded by her friend, the celebrated Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame.
About Jamie Enterprises
Investment firm Jamie Enterprises principally invests in high-value real estate, biotechnology ventures, and early-stage technology start-ups. Jamie was an early stage investor in ZipCar, now the nation’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing service, and is the owner of Jamie M Vineyards in the Napa Valley of California.
Jamie McCourt is the former co-owner, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers and an attorney who has practiced law in the States of New York and Massachusetts. She graduated with a degree in French from Georgetown University and has studied language and French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Jamie is an MBA graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and serves on the Sloan School’s North America Executive Board.
As an active philanthropist, Jamie serves on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as its Finance Committee. She is a member of the Centre Pompidou Foundation and is on the National Board of Directors of the American Friends of The Hebrew University. She was a visiting professor for four years at the graduate level in the UCLA Anderson School of Management and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Anderson School. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California.
The Jamie M Foundation focuses its giving on promoting the role of women in senior management, business education, contemporary art and support for the worldwide Jewish community.