Pacific Union Team Represents French Winemakers to Buy Robin Williams' Estate for $18.1 Million

1453922968SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Pacific Union International, Inc. today announced the purchase of Robin William's Napa estate, Villa Sorriso by clients Alfred and Melanie Tesseron, of the famed French winemaking family in Bordeaux, France. Will Densberger of Pacific Union's St. Helena office and Rob Landsness of PUI's San Francisco office represented the Tesseron family. The estate features a 22,000 square foot home, tennis court, pool, stables and outbuildings, originally designed for the deceased comedian and his family.

The purchase of Villa Sorriso, a 640-acre vineyard estate within the prestigious Mt. Veeder wine growing AVA in the Napa Valley is the culmination of an exhaustive multi-year search by the Tesserons for the a U.S. based venture. Celebrated for their award winning Chateau Pontet Canet in Pauillac, Bordeaux as well as Tesseron Cognac, this is the first vineyard acquisition by the Tesserons outside of Bordeaux. The Tesserons plan to make elite Bordeaux-styled wine in Napa that will be consistent with their wines of Pontet Canet and appreciative of the unique nature of Mt. Veeder terroir. Villa Sorriso vineyards primarily are comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, but also has plantings of Cabaret Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.


Alfred Tesseron took over the reins at Pontet Canet in 1994, astonishing the wine world with back to back 100 point scores on the 2009 and 2010 vintages produced with his unique biodynamic methods of production with lead viticulturist, Jean Michel Comme.

This sale follows the 2013 sale of Napa Valley's Araujo Estate to Chateau Latour, and the 2015 sale of St. Supery to the Chanel Inc. as a trend of significant wine industry acquisitions by world famous Bordeaux Chateaus.

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