‘American Idol’ creators list Paso Robles vineyard for $22 million

Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe were exhausted.

The two producers of “American Idol” just wrapped up their time in San Francisco, the final stop of a nationwide tour for the show’s second season, where they auditioned more than 40,000 hopeful singers. Instead of flying back to Los Angeles, they took the scenic route and drove down the Pacific Coast Highway, stopping at Paso Robles along the way.

There they came up with an idea with the show’s other big names – host Ryan Seacrest, judge Simon Cowell and creator Simon Fuller – to buy a vineyard. The remaining three eventually gave up, but after a few years of research, Warwick and Lythgoe purchased a 164-acre property for $5 million in 2005.

The duo spent the next five years creating a Tuscan-style vineyard called Villa San-Juliette. Now, they are looking to sell the fruits of their labor for $22 million.

The 164-acre complex in Paso Robles produces 12 grape varieties and 30,000 casks of wine per year.

The 164-acre complex in Paso Robles produces 12 grape varieties and 30,000 casks of wine per year.

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“Our knowledge of the winemaking process at the time was certainly not what was needed,” says Warwick. “But with our extensive experience in aesthetics and setting design from 50 years in the TV business, we were very consistent about the style of the buildings and the atmosphere we wanted to create.”

Bringing a piece of Italy to the Central Coast, they razed the existing house on the grounds and built Tuscan-inspired structures to host wine tours and host events. The event is surrounded by large lawns and gardens. Warwick and Lythgoe also added a pair of mirrored three-bedroom villas at each end of the property.

Brianna Deutsch, Rodeo Realty representative said: “I immediately felt like I was transported to Italy when I first arrived.

For wine, producers have replaced 80% of the vines and grown smaller batches of grapes in French and American casks.

Although challenges include water availability, changing market prices of the grapes and daily weather conditions, the vineyard has grown to produce 12 varieties and up to 30,000 barrels of wine per year, Warwick says. know.

Among the events it has hosted this year are 41 weddings, Warwick said. The owners are selling because they are getting older and want to travel more.

Coming from a small cobblestone backyard with an outside toilet in Liverpool’s Merseyside, the romance of owning a vineyard in California is a dream come true, says Lythgoe.

“We will go away with a heavy heart but with a beautiful memory,” Warwick said.

It’s rare for a winery as large as this to be for sale, but in California’s luxury market a vineyard can sometimes become an add-on – like a swimming pool or football field. basket. Celebrities like Robert Redford and Emilio Estevez have owned vineyards, and last year hotelier George Rosenthal put a 180-acre garden with 10,000-tree vineyards for sale for $38 million. dollars in Malibu.

In addition to “American Idol”, Warwick has produced many reality competition shows such as “Pop Idol”, “Gladiators” and “America’s Got Talent”.

Lythgoe also produced “Pop Idol” before creating and judging the competition show “So You Think You Can Dance,” which recently concluded its 17th season on Fox.

Deutsch and Paul Margolis of Rodeo Realty hold the list. ‘American Idol’ creators list Paso Robles vineyard for $22 million

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