As day turns to night in the Caribbean, there’s nothing quite like relaxing with a tropical cocktail in hand. Whether a Mojito or a Piña Colada, a Rum Punch or a Cuba Libre, Caribbean cocktails are almost always infused with one kind of rum or another. But, for wine connoisseurs, nothing quite compares to a good glass of red or white. While the Caribbean may be synonymous with the world’s best rums, the region’s luxury real estate market also caters well to wine connoisseurs. From plush wine rooms to state-of-the-art wine cellars, many Caribbean properties on the market right now incorporate features for the oenophilic investor. So, for property buyers who simply can’t envisage life in the Caribbean without dedicated facilities for indulging in the fruit of the vine, here are 7 of the best homes for sale in the Caribbean for wine lovers.
Majestic Luxury Home for Sale in Westmoreland, Barbados
Asking Price: $15,000,000
Each year Barbados hosts the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival which has cemented the island’s reputation as one of the Caribbean’s top culinary destinations. Several homes for sale on the island have their own wine cellar, making it a great investment destination for wine enthusiasts. This majestic luxury home in St James has not one, but two, wine cellars. Offering a host of luxurious features and amenities, including a home theater, a fully-equipped gym and a stunning dining gazebo, as well as panoramic views of Barbados’s Platinum Coast, the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course and the Caribbean Sea, this is one of the finest properties for sale on Barbados’s prestigious West Coast.
Oceanfront Apartment for Sale in Cap Estate, St Lucia
Asking Price: $1,500,000
While this oceanfront apartment for sale in St Lucia may not come with its own wine tasting room or wine cellar, it is located within one of the island’s most highly regarded 5-star hotels with an excellent reputation among wine connoisseurs. The hotel’s restaurant, the Cliff at Cap, has an award-winning wine list which has been honored with a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award for 3 years in a row. Cap Maison’s 2,000 bottle temperature controlled wine cellar also has an elegant private dining room offering wine pairing dinners and daily tastings from the hotel’s collection of rare champagnes, grand cru Bordeaux, fine Burgundies, orange wines and organic and biodynamic wines.
Stunning Luxury Villa for Sale in St Jean, St Barts
Asking Price: $15,000,000
As one would expect of the glamorous French-speaking outpost of La République in the Caribbean, St Barts is a wine lover’s paradise. The island is home to world-class sommeliers who can advise on selection of fine wines – both new world and old. This stunning luxury villa for sale in St Barts has a temperature controlled wine grotto with its own chic bar – ideal for sampling the sommelier’s suggestions. And, with a striking open plan great room with dining area overlooking St Jean Bay, the villa feels as if it was made for enjoying and exploring food and wine pairings.
Vineyard Home Sites for Sale in Ocoa Bay, the Dominican Republic
Asking Price: $175,550
If having your own wine cellar or private bar doesn’t quite cut it, these home sites in the Dominican Republic are nestled among the vines of a vineyard producing fine wine of an excellent quality. The Caribbean may not be known for wine production but this resort community bucks the trend. Overlooking beautiful Ocoa Bay in the province of Azua just west of the country’s capital Santo Domingo, the location features mountains on 3 sides which creates an almost Mediterranean-like terroir ideal for growing grapes. The vineyard produces wine made from a variety of grapes including a Tempranillo, French Colombard and Moscato Rose and with a tasting center and club house just a stone’s throw from the vineyard villas, the community is the perfect place for oenophiles to build their Caribbean dream home.
Beachfront Condos for Sale, Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
Asking Price: $3,900,000
These sun-drenched condos for sale in Dorado Beach are located within the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, one of the most exclusive resort communities in Puerto Rico. The condos overlook the reef-protected beach and are situated just a short walk from the beach club, the championship golf course, the spa and the wellness center. But, for wine lovers, the main attraction lies elsewhere. Dorado Beach’s restaurant Mi Casa offers a selection of gourmet tapas by internationally acclaimed chef José Andrés accompanied by an award-winning wine list. With almost 200 labels from around the world, Mi Casa has been bestowed with a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award since 2014.
Ultra-Luxury Property for Sale, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Asking Price: $25,000,000
Home to events such as the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, the Turks & Caicos Islands should certainly be on the wine lover’s radar. Many of the idyllic archipelago’s stylish hotels and resorts feature excellent restaurants with a great selection of wines. If you don’t want to leave the confines of your own home, this ultra-luxury beachfront property on Providenciales is fully equipped for wining and dining. With both family kitchen and completely separate professional kitchen, an outdoor pizza oven, ocean-view dining gazebo and 500 bottle wine cellar, this outstanding piece of Turks & Caicos real estate is suitable for entertaining on a grand scale.
Ultra-Luxury Home for Sale, Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Asking Price: $16,000,000
Not visited the Graycliff Hotel? You’re missing out. With 250,000 bottles, this distinguished hotel in Nassau is reputed to have the third largest collection of wine in the world. The iconic hotel, which is located in a grand building dating back to 1740, exudes the old world charm of yesteryear. Not only is it the only establishment in the Caribbean to be awarded the Wine Spectator Grand Award for its extensive wine cellar, but it also produces handcrafted cigars and chocolate on site. A number of luxury homes for sale in The Bahamas also offer professional wine storage facilities. This ultra-luxury waterfront home for sale on Paradise Island, for example, has a state of the art 1,000 bottle wine cellar.