From holidays and birthdays to anniversaries and every occasion in between, nothing spoils loved ones more than fabulous luxury gifts. We’ve curated a collection of the most glamorous and unique items for those in your life who have it all and are living the ultimate Wine & Country lifestyle.
Gift ideas range from diamond tennis bracelets for her to an antique Davidoff humidor for the man who has everything. Perhaps some vintage Louis Vuitton would be ideal, or bespoke chaps for the equestrian in your life by master craftsman Chuck Pinnell like those he made for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. If those don’t catch your eye, how about an English greenhouse that’s ready for delivery right here in Virginia wine country. Other meaningful gift ideas can include an Omega Seamaster Chronometer watch perfect for all occasions or the addition of a designer carriage house or stunning horse stable for your estate. Always popular in our region, are the luxury Dubarry of Ireland tweeds worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, for the sophisticated country lifestyle that carries you from the barn to town. 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.”
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.
A Custom-Fit Saddle
For the equestrian in your life, a Tad Coffin Performance Saddle will offer an unforgettable luxury experience. This equestrian and accomplished Olympian, featured in Book 13, has created technologically-sophisticated saddles that are a consistent favorite among America’s top riders. Starting at around $5,000 and up, you can truly spoil a horse and rider in your life with this Virginia-made gift.
A Statement Watch
Every great man needs a fabulous watch and Schwarzschild Keller & George Jewelers offers some of the finest in the world. Having been featured in the James Bond movies for the last 25 years, the famous Omega Seamaster Collection is one of them. The Omega Seamaster 300 Co-Axial Master Chronometer features top-of-the-line style and dive-ready features perfect for any occasion from playing sports during the day to wearing a tux at night. At $9,000, the 41mm titanium watch is the ultimate in style and function.
A Custom Mahogany 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?
A Carriage House & Home Office
Make your life in the country into a luxury retreat. GeoBarns is creating fabulous custom living and work spaces like carriage houses, studios, barns and even tasting rooms and event spaces. Throughout Virginia’s wine country region they are building gorgeous high quality barn style spaces including the famously popular Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard. Why not build one for someone you love? Custom pricing.
An Antique Humidor
For the cigar aficionado, this rare and distinctive vintage Davidoff humidor, ($3,800), is the gift of a lifetime and on offer by the talented curator and owner Lisa Vella of Baileywyck Antiques. Vella’s extensive travels and expertise in the world of high-end antiques has greatly enhanced Virginia’s selection of finely curated antiquities. This special humidor made of burl wood is both a work of fine craftsmanship and history.
Performance Country Outerwear
Yes, the Duchess of Cambridge (and likely the future queen of England), Kate Middleton, is regularly seen in outerwear by Dubarry of Ireland. She’s often photographed in the Bracken tweed coat ($629) and the Friel utility jacket ($379), both of which are enormously popular both here and in the UK and available at the Wine & Country Shop. In Virginia’s countryside, the Juniper quilted tweed vest seen here ($579), and the Mountrath water-resistant waxed jacket ($329) is a favorite around the barn and vineyard. No mention of Dubarry of Ireland would be complete, though, without mentioning the popular waterproof Galway country boots ($449) seen regularly at Virginia’s steeplechase events.
A Private Country Getaway
Give the gift of a private luxury getaway. The Carriage House at Waterperry Farm offers a country experience like that of a high-end spa. Unparalleled in privacy with stunning Blue Ridge views, the Carriage House, featured in Book 9, offers guests access to a spectacular pool, famed gardens, the library and a game room with an artisan-made walnut ping pong table. The most discerning guest will be delighted with the sumptuous bedroom suites, stunning bathrooms and the endless elegant touches. It is easy to explore the award-winning vineyards of the nearby Monticello Wine Trail. Starting at $1,500 per night.
Haute Couture Chaps
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 custom chaps and riding boots to hunting bags and custom purses in stunning exotic leathers. His work has been seen on numerous Olympians, celebrities and world famous equestrians such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Ronald Reagan. The basic chaps made with full grain cow hide leather with contrasting piping start at $1,595.00 and go up from there based on any number of luxury features clients want including gems, high-end hardware and exotic leathers. His couture chaps are made in his Virginia studio to perfection and considered the very best one can obtain.
Vintage Louis Vuitton
With an incredibly talented eye for elegant European treasures, Helen Storey Antiques welcomes antique aficionados who stop into her Charlottesville boutique regularly to see what irresistible pieces Helen has come home with from her last trip to France and beyond. Who wouldn’t love this vintage trunk by Louis Vuitton ($6,800) or any one of the Venetian Fortuny fabric pillows ($350)? She has uniquely impeccable taste and a charming manner that will leave you wanting more!
A Stunning Stable
For the passionate equestrian who spends untold hours in the horse barn, a stunning stable is a dream gift. B&D Builders can bring any one-of-a-kind vision to life. Things to Consider When Building A Horse Barn are what make these builders unique because they truly understand what equestrians and horses alike need from the live/work space of a luxury horse barn. They’re the Dream Team for any equestrian! Price available upon request.
Diamonds, Diamond, Diamonds!
Need we say more? These stackable, stretch diamond tennis bracelets from Mystique Jewelers come in yellow, white and rose gold, so they can be mixed and matched to complement any outfit from the barn to the ballroom. These enviable bracelets, ranging from $22,000–$78,000, make the ultimate stocking stuffer or anniversary gift!
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.
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 to go with.
Deeply personal, art not only expresses who you are by what you love but also is an excellent investment. Art lovers of all kinds will enjoy the works within the Middleburg Antique Gallery and Antiques! on Washington Street. Perfect for the hunter, this endearing Setter with Gamebirds portrait by 18th-century British artist George William Horlor is beautifully framed to command an elegant presence in any country home. Price available upon request.
Highly Prized Vintage Wine
A Virginia wine of highly distinctive character, Octagon from the award-winning Barboursville Vineyards is created only in fine vintages and with the most astute selection from the harvest. This wine blends together estate-grown Bordeaux varietals—Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Petit Verdot—and is the highest expression of the winemaker’s European heritage and inspiration. The highly prized and collectable vintage of 2009 commands $600 for the 1.5L and $1,200 for the 3.0L.
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 faceted blue sapphire and diamond flat narrow bangle in 19K hand-hammered gold ($12,300.) 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, has a shop in Manhattan and locally at her flagship store The Other Elizabeth in Boyce, Virginia.
A Stylish Home Office
Working from home should be inspiring, and Interior Designer Terri Pakravan of Atelier Design & Décor can add flair and focus to your personal needs and tastes. There’s simply no better gift investment than a beautiful space in which to work, and you will feel more productive in a space that inspires. Atelier’s signature full-service interior design option with a $50,000 minimum is comprehensive and includes: consultation and presentation; pricing and procurement; and delivery and installation.
A Must-Have Handbag
Every woman loves a stylish and sophisticated handbag. Wendi and daughter, Chloe, of Chloe’s of Middleburg offer an array of designer gifts and apparel, including this fabulous Italian-made bucket bag ($240). Their on-trend collections leave their fans coming in to their designer boutique on a regular basis and anyone can see why. This leopard style purse is perfect for any woman in your life and a must with jeans!
A Custom-Designed Country Estate
If the countryside beckons you or a loved one, then it’s time to engage architectural and interior design firm Purple Cherry Architects to design the country 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 in Tips for Building Wine Cellars, Why to Prioritize Natural Light and more. The ulimate luxury gift for the Wine & Country life has to be a stunning custom designed and built country estate. Need we say more?
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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Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life is a semi-annual luxury print magazine with a full digital presence. The annual Wine & Country Wedding Planner is an art book of elegant Virginia weddings. The brand includes the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, Va. It is a beautiful lifestyle boutique that brings the pages of the magazines to life. Wine & Country tells the stories of Virginia wineries, the farm-to-table movement, luxury travel, entertaining, art and the elegant country lifestyle. Ivy Life & Style Media also provides branding, web design and PR services for the wine industry.