From holidays and birthdays to milestone anniversaries and every occasion in between, nothing spoils loved ones more than fabulous luxury gifts. Find the perfect present in this year’s Wine & Country Luxury Gift Guide for those in your life who have it all and are living the ultimate Wine & Country lifestyle. Discover treasures curated for their rarity, craftsmanship, glamour and exceptional provenance… whether you are spending hundreds of dollars or hundreds of thousands.
Gift ideas range from handmade gold jewelry for her from Elizabeth Locke to a rare award-winning wine set from Early Mountain Vineyards for the oenophile who has everything. Perhaps an intricate stair rail from Stokes of England or a custom-designed wine cellar from Purple Cherry Architects are what you need to elevate your estate. If those don’t catch your eye, how about some made-to-order leather riding chaps by master artisan Chuck Pinnell, just like those made for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Other meaningful gift ideas include a set of vintage Tiffany’s Martini Glasses from Middleburg Antique Gallery and an English greenhouse from Alitex that’s perfect for any gardener. Always popular in our region are the luxury Dubarry of Ireland boots, for the sophisticated country lifestyle that carries you from the barn to town. Perhaps you want to spoil your loved one with a luxury experience gifts and book them into a Virginia Wine Country resort. Whatever you choose, you can be sure the recipient will be utterly delighted.
We have done the work for you and found all the most sophisticated gifts that will impress even the most discerning recipient living the elegant country life. Here is our guide to shopping for someone on your list who has it all. Let your gift giving be inspired by this delightfully extravagant “Guide to Luxury Gifts with Wine & Country Style.”
A Designer Wine Cellar
If the countryside beckons you or a loved one, then it’s time to engage architectural and interior design firm Purple Cherry Architects to create the home of your dreams, complete with a wine cellar for your favorite Virginia vintages! With project sizes ranging from $500,000 to $30 million you can start planning for your favorite oenophile in Tips for Building Wine Cellars, Why to Prioritize Natural Light and more. The ultimate luxury gift for the Wine & Country life has to be a stunning custom designed country estate with wine cellar. Need we say more?
Handmade 19K Gold Jewelry
Jewelry is always a good idea when shopping for a woman, especially when it’s something unique and handmade. Virginia-based designer Elizabeth Locke travels the world collecting jewels, antique game pieces and rare coins to incorporate into her one-of-a-kind designs. This 19K hand-hammered yellow gold link bracelet featuring a stunning queen bee engraving ($31,850) is both timeless and on trend. This stunning accessory was designed by Elizabeth Locke Jewels, whose collections are available at Neiman Marcus stores across the country, at her shop in Manhattan and locally at her flagship store The Other Elizabeth in Boyce, Virginia.
An English Greenhouse
For the avid gardener the addition of a magnificent Victorian greenhouse by Alitex Greenhouses can be the ultimate gift. Even for those who don’t garden much, these stunning glasshouses provide a gorgeous architectural focal point to any country estate and a perfect place to retreat. Expert tips on buying a greenhouse can get you started. The Cliveden shown here begins at $49,000.
Tiffany Martini Glasses
Vintage pieces are excellent investments that not only reflect who you are, but what you love. Collectors and vintage-lovers of all kinds will enjoy the works within the Middleburg Antique Gallery. Perfect for the champagne lover, this elegant set of sterling silver art nouveau flutes are a great addition to any at-home bar. Made in 1902 by the world-renowned Tiffany & Company, this shining piece of history costs $1,400 and will elevate the aura of your home bar with artistic elegance.
Raise the Bar
Looking for the ultimate gift for someone who loves mixed drinks and entertaining? Designed by Kathy Gray of Hunt Country Kitchen & Bath Studio, this custom-made bar, inspired by the Ritz Hotel bar, was stained and hand-glazed with a light burnished finish and hand “padding” to add age and patina to the mahogany wood. Roughly $25,000–$35,000 for this gorgeous bar, your loved one will be entertaining in ultimate style. Martini anyone?
Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds!
Mystique’s passion is to design and create collections of fine jewelry that are unique to any other jewelry stores, and that could not be more obvious than with this ring from their UNEEK line. This fabulous ring from Mystique Jewelers features two square-cut yellow diamonds set in 18 karat white gold, complemented by 8 oval-cut diamonds along the band. A gift from Mystique Jewelers is sure to last a lifetime. Priced at $61,495, this ring makes the ultimate holiday or anniversary gift for that special someone in your life.
A Resort Getaway
Give the gift of a private luxury getaway. The Omni Homestead Resort offers a relaxing experience paired with unparalleled experiences including world-class golf courses, fly fishing, shooting, equestrian activities and more. Surrounded by cascading waterfalls and thickly forested hills, this resort is the perfect escape and luxury experience gift. The most discerning guest will be delighted with lush guest rooms featuring traditional Southern décor, bespoke chandeliers, a state-of-the-art spa with pool and formal fine dining options.
Highly Prized Virginia Wine
Known for its stunningly beautiful vineyards and award-winning wines, Virginia Wine Country produces some of the most esteemed wines in the country. For oenophiles looking to sample the flavors of Virginia, look no further than this rare Early Mountain Vineyard Set. This collector’s set features three of the vineyard’s most delicious vintage red blends. Priced at $400, this set offers luxurious notes of wild blackberry, lush plum and much more.
Performance Boots for Your Next Adventure
The Duchess of Cambridge and definition of elegance, Kate Middleton, is regularly seen in outerwear from Dubarry of Ireland. Stylish leather pieces such as Dubarry’s famous waterproof Galway country boots ($449) and the Eyrecourt Satchel ($229) available at the Wine & Country Shop can help anyone achieve this elevated equestrian look. With high-quality performance outerwear designed for either the town or the country, Dubarry makes the perfect gift for the stylish active person in your life.
Titled “Missing the Master,” this life-sized springer cast in bronze ($15,000) is the creation of master sculptor and naturalist Walter Matia, whose award-winning works are exhibited and honored across the country and were showcased in Book 13. Admirers of his ability to capture the spirits of animals, from dogs to ducks and all manner of wildlife in between, is what makes collectors of his work keep coming back for more. The gift of his work is a very special gift indeed for the animal lover.
Exquisite Spa Bath
Transform your life in the country into a luxurious retreat. Collaborate with local designers Alloy Architecture & Construction on a custom in-home ensuite spa complete with amenities to help you relax such as a steam room, a towel warmer, heated floors, an indoor body of water, aromatherapy and much more. Personalize this private oasis to pamper someone on your gift list who deserves to sit back and relax in their own luxurious spa. Pricing Available Upon Request.
Every great woman needs a fabulous watch and Schwarzschild Keller & George Jewelers offer some of the finest in the world. This classic timepiece from luxury designer Frederique Constant features effortless style and functionality. Complete with a blue calf leather strap, 40 diamonds set on the bezel and a navy dial with white roman numerals, this watch is truly fabulous. At $2,795, the 36mm stainless steel watch is the ultimate gift that can be worn for any occasion.
For the opulent homeowner looking to elevate their wine and country home, a custom staircase is a dream gift. Stokes of England can bring any one-of-a-kind vision to life. Specializing in the production of hand-forged metal goods such as gates, doors and staircases, Stokes of England has worked for top-tier clients including the royal family of Great Britian and the Albermarle House Estate. A custom staircase from Stokes of England is sure to be uniquely ornate and made to last a lifetime. Pricing Available Upon Request.
Local Oil Painting
A custom piece of artwork from famed Virginia artist Armand Cabrera makes for a uniquely personalized experience. Cabrera is an award-winning and nationally renowned artist specializing in oil and watercolor paintings. This painting perfectly captures the natural beauty of the countryside, making it a priceless piece for those who savor the sprawling landscapes of Virginia Wine Country. This original painting of Cabrera’s “After the Harvest” costs $12,000 and will truly spoil the art connoisseur in your life.
A 5-Course Vineyard Dinner
The Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards is not to be missed. Executive Chef Michael Clough carefully crafts each seasonal menu around local flavor palates and fresh seasonal foods. The Italian fine dining destination has received national acclaim for its commitment to elevated cuisine. Under the guidance of Sommelier Alessandro Medici, all dishes are meticulously paired with Barboursville Vineyards wines. The cuisine offered at Palladio perfectly marries the flavors of Virginia and Northern Italy making a visit to Palladio a wonderful gift for your favorite gourmand.
Inspired by living abroad and travel, Lisa Vella has developed an eye for quality that is unparalleled. At Baileywyck Antiques she has stocked nearly 5,000 square feet of her Hunt Country shop with original art, elegant period furnishings, fabulous decor and architectural elements from around the globe. This 1900’s umbrella/cane stand ($7,900) from Baileywyck Antiques in The Plains stands just over 3 feet tall and features a bear made by master craftsmen in the Russian village Bogorodsk famous for their carving skills. A truly unique gift idea for someone who has everything.
Expressing your own unique taste is at the heart of every home and nothing does that better than sharing your one-of-a-kind style in your décor. U-Fab Interiors offers thousands of beautiful designer fabrics that can give new life to an antique chaise lounge or armchair. They also offer custom new furniture from Wesley Hall with chairs starting at $1,600 and sofas starting at $3,000. For the someone in your life who loves interior decorating and design, this is the gift they will love.
Handcrafted Leather Goods
No one knows how to work with leather like master artisan Chuck Pinnell of Pinnell Custom Leather. Featured in Book 3, He has made everything from riding boots to hunting bags and custom purses in stunning exotic leathers. His work has been seen on Olympians, celebrities and world famous equestrians such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Ronald Reagan. The basic chaps start at $2,000 and go up from there based on luxury customizations including gems and exotic leathers. His couture chaps are made in his Virginia studio and considered the very best one can obtain.
A Spectacular Fete
Book the incredible Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards envisioned by globe-trotting luxury event planner Lynn Easton. In the heart of Virginia Wine Country, the winery is the perfect space to host a soiree for 100 of your greatest friends – it is the perfect luxury experience gift. Acclaimed chefs will prepare a specially curated gourmet meal paired with award-winning wines ($50,000). Exquisite table settings, Chiavari chairs, show-stopping flowers (these were chosen by author and design maven Charlotte Moss) and all the amenities will make your fete an elegant occasion people talk about for years.
This sublime bust by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse is a gift of history and unparalleled beauty. Authenticated with a signature from the famous French neoclassical sculptor, the terra cotta piece dates back to approximately 1864. The incredibly detailed crown, expressive eyes and gracefully draped dress demonstrate Carrier-Belleuse’s signature delicate touch. This historically important artwork features intricate details through the mediums of clay and stone. $7,900 at Helen Storey Antiques in Charlottesville.
A Gleaming New Aston Martin
Was your beloved inspired by the US Miglia race at Creighton Farms near Middleburg this Fall? A classic Aston Martin from across the pond may be just the thing. This gorgeous speedster is the most recent take on the classic DB11 Coupe with a V8 engine, top speed of almost 200 miles per hour, a thrilling 528 horsepower and the ability to go from zero to 60mph in under 4 seconds. The streamlined body speaks to the elegance that Aston Martin is famous for, with sleek lines, sculpted contours and slanted headlights that powerfully cut through the night. Retailing at $300,000 at Exclusive Automotive Group in Ashburn, this is the car you want on your personal Grand Tour, whether climbing European mountains, testing your racing skills at the Nürburgring or meandering the winding roads of Virginia Wine Country.
An indulgent luxury gift is the perfect way to show your loved ones just how special they are to you. If you’re looking for more gift ideas for him, her, a hostess, etc., see even more collections of items in our Gifts Guides. Be sure to also visit The Wine & Country Shop in Ivy or online for more artisan-made and local ways to share a sophisticated gift expressing the Wine & Country lifestyle. ~
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