Dreaming about exploring the beautiful Napa Valley during your Golden Years? Are you eager to visit different vineyards to sample one-of-a-kind wines? If these are part of your retirement plans then you’re in luck because there are many locations across the U.S. where you can live in an active adult community that caters to wine lovers. Northern California’s famous wine country, which includes premium vineyards throughout Napa and Sonoma counties, offers more than 400 wineries in that region alone.
If you can afford to retire in these pricey areas, that’s great, but for those with a smaller budget, there are also other areas that attract wine aficionados. Central Virginia has more than 50 vineyards and wineries that offer tours and tastings. North Carolina and New York also have a variety of vineyards and wineries that offer unique experiences to supplement your wine appreciation.
Many 55+ communities also offer easy access to various vineyards and wineries located nearby as well as have established wine clubs and interest groups. So if you’re passionate about wine and don’t want to give up this hobby during retirement, check out some of these active adult communities that are perfect for wine lovers.
CrossRidge is an active adult community situated on a 400-acre historic site in Glen Allen and is just ten miles north of Richmond. Retirees enjoy living in low-maintenance homes as well as having a vibrant and active lifestyle. The community’s social calendar often includes fun and exciting events like wine and cheese nights that bring all of the wine lovers together. Residents can also plan trips to explore the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail, which includes tours of six of Central Virginia’s premier wineries.
A true paradise for wine enthusiasts is found at The Groves at New Kent in Eastern Virginia. In addition to elegant single-family home designs, residents enjoy private resort-style amenities as well as access to the amenities found in the master-planned community of New Kent Vineyard, which includes a winery and vineyard. Homeowners can stock up on their favorite wines when visiting the winery as well as obtain special discounts on fine vintage bottles of Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Vidal Blanc. They can also dine at the adjacent café that offers breathtaking views of the rolling hills of the working vineyard. Active adults can share their passion for wine by joining wine clubs or going to wine tastings at the on-site winery with other members of this age-restricted community.
Situated on 1,300 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, NC, active adult homeowners enjoy scenic mountain and lake views in this beautiful natural setting. This age-targeted community boasts new and resale homes that come in a variety of designs and price points. Resort-style amenities like a 62-acre fishing and boating lake as well as multiple social spaces provide the active lifestyle Baby Boomers seek.
Another great quality about Biltmore Lake is its close proximity to Biltmore Estate Winery, which is just 25 minutes away. This elegant property encompasses 8,000 acres of gardens, has the largest private home in America, and features a museum, winery, and vineyard. They can tour the fermentation room, corking area, and cellars as well as taste samples of Biltmore wine. They can also attend seminars on how to pair wine with other foods for the ultimate educational experience.
Residents will love having easy access to the Biltmore Estate Winery as well as social groups like the Biltmore Lake Wine Club where they can share their passions about fine vintage wines with other members of the community.
Retirees will fall in love with this charming Del Webb 55+ community that was built on the site of the historic Moulton Hill Winery. Many of the features from the original winery have been preserved to give the community a historic and unique element. Clover Springs is located at the northern end of Sonoma County, which is the center of California wine country.
Residents can enjoy a relaxed and low-maintenance lifestyle within this intimate 362-home development and share their love of wine with other like-minded adults. They can also plan day trips to the region's best vineyards and wineries throughout Sonoma County or drive about an hour to Napa Valley and explore all that the area has to offer.
Located in Nipomo, CA, Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is surrounded by some of the area's best wineries. baby boomers not only enjoy luxurious home designs in this active lifestyle community but also amenities that cater to wine lovers. The 31,000 square-foot Monarch Club features a Wine Library & Captain’s Room where residents gather to gain a better appreciation of wine. Afterwards, they can discuss what they’ve learned over a glass of their favorite vintage at the community’s Wine Wednesday club.
Ideally situated in Brentwood, Trilogy at the Vineyards offers the ideal retirement destination in Northern California's wine country. This gated 55+ community has resort-style amenities and elegant home designs and is surrounded by lush vineyards, rolling hills, and natural preserves.
With so many vineyards and wineries in the area, residents always have the option of joining interest groups like Wine Club or Wine Lovers where they can bond and build friendships with other wine aficionados. They can plan excursions to visit nearby wineries and vineyards like Leer Vineyards, Tamayo Vineyards, and Hannah Nicole Vineyards & Winery for a fun-filled day of wine tasting.
This new 55+ community in East Long Island, New York features luxurious homes within a private setting. With just 280 residences once complete, residents will be able to establish friendships with neighbors and bond over common interests. Vineyards at Blue Point provides everything active adults could want or need including a 7,500 square-foot clubhouse that provides plenty of areas for physical activity and social recreation.
Wine lovers will be thrilled to know the clubhouse has a designated wine room where residents can gather for tastings as well as store their own collection of fine vintages. This perfect environment caters to those who have a passion for wine within the community as well as easy access to local vineyards that are within driving distance.
Vineyards at Moriches is an established age-restricted community in Center Moriches, NY. This charming development of just 92 homes provides a close-knit and welcoming environment that’s nestled within a wooded and private setting. You’ll know this is a haven for wine lovers because all of the floor plans are named after different types of wines.
Residents enjoy quality-built homes along with rich amenities and a vibrant social lifestyle. Like-minded adults can share their passion for wine by exploring the surrounding North Fork wineries and local vineyards. The community also has a monthly social magazine called “Grapevine,” which includes information, activities, and events that cater to wine enthusiasts.