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Fetzer (the winery) bought McNab ranch from Fetzer (the man) in 2000, and he took himself to the shores of Clear Lake in Lake County, there to work out his semiretirement with a little winery and a killer view. But as he got the feel of the place, "The ideas got more grandiose." Today, his Ceago project is on its way toward becoming a full-on lifestyle resort — a place where people can come and enter into the pretty part of the biodynamic life: pressing the olives into olive oil, distilling essence of lavender for aromatherapy oils, even picking the grapes at harvest. The property covers three-quarters of a mile of lakefront, and Fetzer envisions a hotel, fractional-ownership casitas, and a row of freestanding residences. He'll manage the gardens and the vineyards and the orchards. The development brochure promises that "visitors to Ceago will leave behind the complexity of their daily lives for an authentic agrarian living experience that balances active lifestyle with a contemplative retreat...Agritourism is a new interpretation of old-world values that celebrates community, connection to the land, and the pleasures of food, wine, and dining." The "garden project" has come into its own.

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