Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana threw for 40,551 yards in his legendary football career. But that pales in comparison to the 500-acre Napa Valley equestrian estate he’s tossing onto the market (after all, 40,551 yards only amounts to eight acres). Either way, the four-time Super Bowl champion is a winner.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana now heads Liquid 2 Ventures, a Bay Area firm that invests in early start-ups. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana now heads Liquid 2 Ventures, a Bay Area firm that invests in early start-ups. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The three-bedroom Italianate villa spans 9,700 square feet.

The three-bedroom Italianate villa spans 9,700 square feet.

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Joe and his wife Jennifer are selling Villa Montana, their grand, European-inspired Sonoma County home for $28.9 million. The colossal property includes an Italianate villa (with wine cellar), guesthouse, caretakers’ cottage, bucolic water holes, and first-class equestrian facilities, including stables for 30 horses. Avram Goldman and Tim Hayden of Compass have the listing.

Villa Montana's Italianate design is distinguished by two panoramic towers, Mediterranean roofs, and ivy walls.

Villa Montana’s Italianate design is distinguished by two panoramic towers, Mediterranean roofs, and ivy walls.

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It’s easy to imagine this picturesque villa beautifying a Tuscan countryside, but this wine country landscape radiates Cabernet Sauvignon, not Sangiovese. Villa Montana dramatically stands out in this remote, mostly undeveloped rural hamlet.

Villa Montana sits atop a panoramic knoll near Calistoga in Napa Valley.

Villa Montana sits atop a panoramic knoll near Calistoga in Napa Valley.

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Villa Montana resembles a picturesque villa on a Tuscan countryside

Villa Montana resembles a picturesque villa on a Tuscan countryside

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Majestically perched atop a panoramic knoll in the coveted Knights Valley enclave (with 360-degree views of Mount Saint Helena), the cloistered estate is surprisingly accessible to the region’s amenities—a skip from Calistoga, 20 minutes from Santa Rosa’s private airport, and just an hour from San Francisco.

Jennifer Montana conceived the villa's interior design from furnishings to Medieval-style chandeliers.

Jennifer Montana conceived the villa’s interior design from furnishings to Medieval-style chandeliers.

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Villa Montana offers vaulted ceilings and 9,700 square feet of living space.

Villa Montana offers vaulted ceilings and 9,700 square feet of living space.

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Framed by rolling hills, the villa’s Italianate exterior comprises two panoramic turret towers, Mediterranean-style roofs, verdant ivy walls, and 4 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds with rose gardens, cypress trees and a Tuscan olive tree grove that produces 30 to 60 gallons of olive oil.

Villa Montana is loaded with amenities like a pool, horseback trails, basketball and tennis courts, fishing and canoeing.

Villa Montana is loaded with amenities like a pool, horseback trails, basketball and tennis courts, fishing and canoeing.

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Landscaped grounds include rose gardens, cypress trees and an olive tree grove.

Landscaped grounds include rose gardens, cypress trees and an olive tree grove.

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Sights and sounds coalesce here. Splashes of crimson pop (awnings and flowers) against a lush green garden canvas as rippling waters play a soothing soundtrack along babbling brooks, two streams, a large private beach pond, and a smaller moat-and-bridge pond.

A moat, bridge and pond feature by the front entrance.

A moat, bridge and pond feature by the front entrance.

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An imported 17th century stone well is a landmark along the pathway to the main entrance.

An imported 17th century stone well is a landmark along the pathway to the main entrance.

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An imported 17th century stone well guides guests, as a pathway landmark, toward the moat bridge by the home’s main entrance which is enveloped by the pond.

Joe and Jennifer Montana (who conceived Villa Montana's décor) have relocated to San Francisco where he once led the 49ers to four Super Bowls. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Joe and Jennifer Montana (who conceived Villa Montana’s décor) have relocated to San Francisco where he once led the 49ers to four Super Bowls. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

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The grand residence goes all in with its 17th century European design inspiration.

The grand residence goes all in with its 17th century European design inspiration.

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Boasting three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, the villa could pass for a centuries-old Italian villa on some peak in Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia. Completed in 2003, the 9,700-square-foot house was a five-year project by Moller Willrich Architecture & Design and Jennifer Montana, who conceived much of the interior and exterior design.

The residence is decorated with statues, tapestries and frescoes.

The residence is decorated with statues, tapestries and frescoes.

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Vaulted ceilings hover over lavish chandeliers, antique marble floors, and large stone fireplace mantels.

Vaulted ceilings hover over lavish chandeliers, antique marble floors, and large stone fireplace mantels.

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