celina texas

Chris Hornbaker’s sustainable vineyard in Collin County, where the ranch home’s design is by Texas architect Steve Chambers, AIA. Photo: Stephanie Chambers, Chambers Architects

Celina, Texas, is an area of bucolic fields and green spaces that go on for as far as the eye can see. Back in 2003, Linda and Clark Hornbaker purchased 10 acres of open pasture in this area about 45 miles north of Dallas.

With the rolling hills and peaceful countryside, Linda saw it as the family’s “garden of Eden,” and named the land Eden Hill.

The soil was good, a limestone base with trees bordering the property, making it perfect for a vineyard. Their son, Chris Hornbaker, was an amateur vintner, making pear wine in his kitchen. The family had the bright idea to join forces and create a commercial vineyard and winery. So Linda and Clark studied viticulture and learned how to grow grapes. Chris is completing his viticulture and oenology degree. Jump to see their house and more properties in Celina!

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Photo: Beauchamp Estates

Photo: Beauchamp Estates

There are certain fantasies that seem to be nearly universal, running away to a tropical island, living in a penthouse in a major city, and yes, moving to Italy to a beautiful old estate and making wine.

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Here’s your chance. This estate is just a couple of kilometers from the unbelievably charming Tuscan village of Panzano in the Chianti Hills which just happens to be located midway between Florence and Sienna on the via Chiantigiana.  The estate is primely situated within the finest vineyards of Chianti Classico and the historical estate of Le Masse di Greve. What could be more perfect than a stone farmhouse on 13 hectares (32 acres) with a hilltop position that allows you to survey the rolling hills of vineyards and properties that have existed in a mostly undisturbed state for centuries?

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