It’s common to daydream when on vacation. For anyone who has visited wine country, be it California, Italy or France, it’s obligatory to indulge in the fantasy of picking up, heading to wine country, and immersing oneself in the fruits of the land. Craig and Antoinetta Rothenberg dreamed. Every time they visited Napa Valley, the couple would dream of a life in wine country. Craig, an esteemed litigator with a law firm based in Clinton, New Jersey, realized that his personal and professional ties to the east coast might prove an insurmountable challenge for a west coast relocation. Ever the real estate enthusiast, he became enamored by a nearby property. It seemed to have all the makings of his Napa Valley dream, but here in New Jersey. Was it a mirage, he thought? The Rothenbergs began to investigate.
It was a 125-acre tract of land, complete with historic barns, rolling hills, million-dollar views, a stunning estate home, and endless possibilities. Were there vines? Not yet. But the Rothenbergs had a vision that others did not yet see. They purchased the property in 2016 and set to work at the task of crystallizing their dream.
Over time, the couple carefully designed their dream for the property and have been meticulous stewards of both the property and their vision ever since. A personal tour of the home leaves you with immense respect for what the couple has accomplished thus far, but also a sense of what really could be possible in the future.