Spring fever is in the air, and not a moment too soon. Along with spending as much time as possible outdoors, we have a particular weakness this time of year for sipping wine without a care.
While downing a delicious glass or two, perhaps your daydreams turn to owning a winery of your very own. Happy dogs frolicking through the vines, giddy tourists eager for a taste, and spending quality time with fermented fruit are just a few of the reasons worth toasting.
Besides being a wonderful place to live, wineries can be highly profitable businesses. If fortune (and the weather) break the right way, there’s plenty of opportunity for savvy vintners. And it’s all more within reach than you might have guessed.
Raise a glass to seven wineries on the market right now, ranging from large-scale operations to a few boutique acres. No matter your taste, location, or winemaking aspirations, there’s a property that will likely suit your desires.
Price: $4,500,000 Big Dog Vineyards: Perched on a hill above Silicon Valley, this San Francisco Bay Area gem sits on more than 45 spectacular acres with bay views. Currently, the winery is growing 3 acres of cabernet grapes. Along with a 4,000-square-foot main house, the property has a tasting room, an outdoor stage, and seating for up to 100 people for weddings and events.
Price: $3,995,000 Folin Cellars: Currently an award-winning winery in Southern Oregon producing the labels Folin Cellars and Passive Aggressive, this 75-acre property includes a three-bedroom home built in 2009. There’s also a tasting room, wine storage areas, a patio for entertaining, plenty of parking, bocce courts, and breathtaking valley and mountain views. A buyer can create a new brand of wine or negotiate to retain the current labels.
Gold Hill, OR
Price: $1,275,000 Sweet Home Carolina: Known for its northern white hybrid Diamond grapes, the Sweet Home Carolina winery is a 30-acre property nestled in the heart of Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area. In addition to the well-equipped winery and tasting room, there’s a custom-built home with a large back deck, a cottage, fenced pastures for horses, and streams surrounded by majestic mountain views.
Price: $3,495,000 Tara Bella Winery: Permitted to produce 500 cases a year, this 7.5-acre property sits in the lush Russian River Valley. The purchase price includes a residence with apartment, a Tuscan-inspired cellar and barrel room, crush pad, storage, and bottling facility.
Santa Rosa, CA
Price: $2,500,000 Russian Chapel Hill Winery: Built in 1982 and updated with state-of-the-art equipment, this 57-acre winery includes a 3,500-square-foot metal winery building, a 2,400-square-foot office and tasting room, a covered building for events, a chapel, as well as plenty of space to build a residence. Seventeen acres of vineyards have been growing for 18 years and include 10 different grape varieties.
Price: $11,888,000 Agua Dulce Winery: Los Angeles County’s largest fully operational winery and vineyard spans more than 40 acres just 35 miles north of Los Angeles. The property’s five-bedroom residence was built in 2000 and measures more than 5,000 square feet. A popular tourist destination, the tasting room buzzes with activity and the property is used as a frequent Hollywood filming location.
Agua Dulce, CA
Price: $13,900,000 Silverado Trail: This 10-acre property includes an updated, 5,000-square-foot main house with garden and pool, a 10,000-gallon winery permit, two winery buildings, a tasting room with wraparound balcony, wine barn, and patio. There are also three guesthouses surrounded by large, mature oak trees. The winery currently farms 4 acres of premium cabernet.
Source: Housing Trends Feed