Fun fact: “American Idol” producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick also make wine together.
After creating a successful vineyard and wine operation near Paso Robles, CA, the two have decided to dispense with their grape production.
Now, for the first time, their winery known as Villa San-Juliette is on the market for $22 million.
Their sumptuous spread is the result of a long-held dream.
From ‘Idol’ to vino
Childhood friends from Liverpool, the two grew up to become Emmy-winning producers of the hit reality TV competition show.
In 2005, flush from the success of “Idol,” they set their sights on vino. They picked up the vineyard for $5.2 million, according to property records. Given the old-vine grapes the area produces, the pair knew the property would be a winner.
“When we got to Paso Robles we were immediately impressed by the abundance and beauty of the vineyards there, and decided to look into the possibility of buying and creating our very own,” Warwick said in a statement.
Warwick and Lythgoe razed the existing house on the property and built a Tuscan-style tasting room and winery.
“With our extended experience of aesthetics and set design from our 50 years in the television business, we were very adamant about the style of the buildings and the atmosphere we wanted to create,” Warwick added. “It was a long, hard, and expensive process, but we eventually created our dream vineyard.”
The 160-acre estate comes with two Tuscan-style villas that boast a combined six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool, tasting room, vineyards, and wine facilities.
Plus, the property boasts sprawling lawns with gorgeous views, which serve as a picturesque backdrop for weddings and other events.
The estate puts out 12 styles of wine, which “consistently receive the very highest ratings and accolades,” the listing states. The vineyard is able to produce an impressive 30,000 cases a year.
Lythgoe is the creator and executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance,” on which he served as a judge for the first 16 seasons. He also created the 2009 competition “Superstars of Dance.”
Lythgoe and Warwick co-produced the prime-time hit “American Idol.” In 2019, Lythgoe also left Las Vegas, listing his Mediterranean mansion in Sin City for $5 million.
Brianna Deutsch and Paul Margolis of Rodeo Realty hold the listing.