Nicholas Family Vineyards will now be the new name of the estate, Bella Vida Vineyards, after being sold last January 21st for an undisclosed price.
Its new owner, Blair Nicholas, a resident of Olivenhain in San Diego County, settled on Bella Vida after touring multiple properties in the region. A retired attorney, living with his wife LJ, and four children, Blair is looking forward to experiencing the lifestyle and the community of the Dundee Hills.
The sale entailed a residence, which includes a tasting room on the first floor, a barn and farm equipment. However, Blair plans to design a new stand-alone tasting room and a wine cave. The family is also considering building a winery.
On the other hand, the seller, Steven Whiteside, bought the estate in 1996 and planted the vineyard in 1998. Until a few years ago, Whiteside split his time between Arizona, where he made pediatric orthotics and prosthetics, and the Willamette Valley.
Now 70, Whiteside, who loves his community, is now renting a property nearby. He looks forward to seeing the changes the Nicholas family plans to make to the Bella Vida property.
New owners of this vineyard estate were represented by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty’s very own, Tina Jacobsen and Laura Piccard.