A gorgeous Napa Valley, California, home — with walls of glass and a modern design that fits well with the surrounding natural environment — has hit the market for $26 million.

Known as Amaya, the St. Helena private retreat features a main residence with large openings into the outdoors and onto 6,000 square feet of covered decks and a pool. The main home has seven bedrooms, eight baths and sits on 41 acres. The estate offers sweeping views of Lake Hennessey, vineyards, the valley and mountains.

The home’s design was inspired by the skillfully renovated Meiji-era homes in Japan’s art islands, where elements such as “’Shou sugi ban’ or charred cedar cladding, combined with large openings to the outdoors, effectively contemporize the dwellings without sacrificing their place in the environment,” the official property listing states.

Shou sugi ban is an 18th-century Japanese waterproofing method where the wood is charred, giving it a deep charcoal color.

The property contains a stunning main house, studio, large guest house and a guest studio. European porcelain and maple wood flooring and custom crafted millwork give the home a feel of refinement.

The family, living, dining and great rooms occupy the main floor, giving a communal flow to the space. The chef’s kitchen is an open-space concept featuring premium appliances.

Hillary Ryan of Sotheby’s International Realty is the co-listing agent, along with Erin Lail with Coldwell Banker.

The residence was extensively renovated in 2020 by Juancarlos Fernandez of Signum Architecture. Signum has designed other Napa area properties, including the Aperture Cellars’ tasting room in Healdsburg.

“He understands how people really want to live in California wine country,” Ryan told realtor.com, referring to what sets Fernadez’s work apart.

The upstairs has three large, light-filled bedroom suites with panoramic views, and a home theater featuring a Sony 4K projector and surround sound.

The ground level features two more guest bedrooms with a shared bathroom, kitchenette, bar, wine cellar and a big living/dining area that opens to the pool terrace.

A nearby studio with commanding views opens onto a patio and lawn area. There’s a large gym and massage/meditation room and three-car garage.

“A short walk from the main house, the guest house is romantically tucked away amidst vibrant madrones, providing peaceful unity with nature,” the listing reads.

That guest house has two bedroom suites, an spacious living/dining room and kitchen.

This story was originally published March 3, 2022 5:00 AM.

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