With over 30 years in the industry, it’s perhaps no surprise that the name heard though the grapevine for the ­ nest property service in California - is Tina Shone. Antonia Shriver ­finds out more

Boasting unparalleled beauty, protected open space, a Mediterranean climate and a plethora of fresh farm goods, it’s clear to see why so many people are vying to secure a slice of California’s Wine Country.

Renowned for crafting some of the finest wines across the globe, northern California is a hub of prestige, with Sonoma Valley boasting the first bonded winery in California and neighbouring Napa County renowned for its highly desired wines. California first made its mark in the wine world after the famous Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 - known as the Judgment of Paris - in which French judges carried out blind tasting comparisons of top-quality Chardonnays and red wines.

A California wine rated best in each category causing some consternation, to say the least, as France was generally regarded as the foremost producer of the world’s best wines. Since then, the region has grown exponentially, not just for its producers but in the real estate market – with a variety of properties offered – including luxury estates, country ranches, traditional in-town homes, condominiums and, of course, vineyards.

When investing in this growing market, it’s essential to work with a true expert of the community. A case in point is Tina Shone – who has the experience, passion, confidence and focus to make buying a home in California’s Wine Country a smooth and enjoyable process for every client.

Starting her career in San Francisco in 1976 as a third generation real estate professional, Tina has built her success on a strong foundation of artful negotiating, consistent marketing and a keen ability to close complicated transactions of all types. Having lived and worked in Sonoma Valley for much of her life,

Tina is a fountain of knowledge and expertise in the realm of country property including vineyard, equestrian, development and historic properties – deeply understanding the history and uniqueness of each property she represents. ­ The Tina Shone Group has developed an extensive network with some of the area’s best lenders, inspectors, contractors, architects, designers, stagers, photographers and other industry professionals including vineyard consultants, supporting her belief that working with top talent yields top results.

“Wine Country has always attracted visitors because of its proximity to the urban cities surrounding the Bay and because it offers natural beauty, a mild yet warmer inland climate conducive to indoor-outdoor lifestyle and a tight-knit community,” she says. “It’s not only a wonderful place to live but also for investment. ­The location and climate will continue to attract people who want to live a certain lifestyle, close to the land.”

Tina aligned with Sotheby’s International Realty in 2004 – a company with a longstanding reputation for uncompromising quality – and by teaming her expertise with the Sotheby’s ethos of superior service, she has secured Tina Shone Group with a #1 ranking for Sonoma Valley sales in 2018. Tina is currently representing a 76-acre exclusive ranch property developed by a prominent California entrepreneur. ­

The estate consists of a terraced Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, two distinctive homes and an expansive, oak dotted building site with room for a helipad and surrounding views of vineyards and beyond to the San Francisco Bay.

To ­find out more about properties for sale with the Tina Shone Group, visit www.TinaShone.com.

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