California coastal and mountain areas are highly prized wine grape growing regions due to their proximity to the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean and a wide diversity of soils and topography. This long stretch of land is ideal for the cultivation of classic wine grape varieties and the production of world-class wines.
With a growing demand for high-end wine and an ever-shrinking pool of available land in premium California locations, vineyard leasing and joint ventures are becoming an excellent alternative for small to medium-sized boutique wineries looking to avoid the large upfront capital expenditures involved in purchasing and maintaining their own vineyard. As the industry continues to grow, it will be options such as land leasing and joint ventures that will allow new entrants into the market and a greater stability to the entire field.
||Milagro Farm Vineyards and Winery is a 110 acre fully fenced property located in the rolling hills of the San Diego County countryside. This property currently has 20 acres planted with 10,000 vines in 11 varieties with additional acreage available to plant. The property includes a 1,200 sq.ft. wine crushing building, new 6,000 sq.ft. wine production building with a tasting room, and a 950 sq.ft. underground storage cave. There are 7 producing wells on the property.
||Boutique Winery for sale just northeast of San Diego. Sitting on the top of a mountain, the views from the vineyards and winery are vast and stunning. There are 3 mature producing vineyards with Syrah, Cabernet, and Pinot Gris vines. This is turnkey licensed/bonded boutique winery with potential to grow much larger if desired.
Two adjoining Zinfandel vineyards for sale in Amador County, Shenandoah Valley Growing Region. Both properties are in a high traffic area, are allowed a winery and tasting room without a use permit, and have excellent views.
Shenandoah Valley Wine Growing Region
The California Wine Institute is your best source of current information for all matters affecting the California wine industry and grape growers.
The taste of a wine depends not only on the grape species and varietal blend, but also on the ground and climate (known as terroir) where it is cultivated. Terroir refers to the unique combination of natural factors associated with any particular vineyard. These factors include such things as soil, underlying rock, altitude, slope of hill or terrain, orientation toward the sun, and microclimate (typical rain, winds, humidity, temperature variations, etc.) No two vineyards have the exact same terroir.
Vineyard & Wine Producing Economics
Vineyard and wine producing economics can vary widely from region to region and property to property. Always seek professional advice on specific properties and verify all information for your own purposes.
Vineyard planting can run between $15,000 and $50,000 per acre, depending on how much soil prep and grading is needed. Contract vineyard planting and maintenance services are available in all wine producing regions.
General yield can be 2 – 6 tons per acre, subject to Mother Nature and pruning techniques. Some vineyards will prune the vines down to 1 – 3 tons per acres for a higher sugar content and/or other reasons relative to the desired end product.
It takes about six to eight clusters, or approximately 600 to 800 wine grapes (2.4 lbs) to make a bottle of wine. One barrel of wine contains approximately 740 lbs of grapes, equivalent to 59 gallons or 24.6 cases of wine.
Vineyard maintenance can range from $100 to $300 per acre per month or more, depending on end product objectives.
Wholesale grape prices can range from $100 per ton in glut years to $1,000+/- per ton and up for premium grapes.