In addition to the two vineyard and winery properties we have for sale (see Notaviva Winery and our "landmark Loudoun winery"), two further properties came to the market with fellow brokers recently, namely North Gate and Dry Mill, the former in Purcellville and the latter in Leesburg.
With a healthy range of wine oriented businesses currently on offer in this fertile and accessible county, now may be an excellent time to seriously consider investing in a local industry where what you put into the ground is rewarded with the oldest and most revered of drinks, drawing aficionados (and therefore customers) from near and far.
In summary, wine properties available in Loudoun are:
Let us know if you would like more information on any of these wonderful properties.
We were pleased to have been quoted in an interesting article today in the preeminent local Loudoun newspaper, Loudoun Now which can be reached HERE. The article centers on vineyard and winery sales activity in Loudoun County, Virginia, and the type of buyer for these properties.
The State of Virginia now boasts in excess of 250 winery/vineyards, with its wines continually improving and some already being excellent. Tasting rooms and wine club memberships have become big business, as well as a great attraction for those wanting a fun and oenologically educational day out in a different part of the state. But what kind of tasting experience do you get for your money, and what's the cost? The answer is, they're all quite different.
On a recent trip to the excellent wine country around Charlottesville, I visited a few well known label wineries but was disappointed at the commercial atmosphere, and the speed at which we were hurried through our tastings. Prices were in the $7 range for three whites and three reds.
In northern Virginia however, at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards just east of Middleburg, tastings cost more at $14 however the experience is, well just that, an experience. It begins with a pour of Blancs de Blancs, a 100% Chardonnay sparkling white followed by either three more whites and two reds or two additional whites and three reds. Tastings are seated and there is no rush. Delightful food plates of charcuterie and cheeses with warm baguettes are available to complement the wines.
Then there is RDV Vineyards in Delaplane, a wonderful property with just two wines on offer and a tasting fee of $50 per person which does include a charcuterie board.
So it's really horses for courses - do you want a quick try out of the wines and maybe a glass or bottle after, or chillax with slower paced yet attentive samplings accompanied by appetizers and scintillating conversation? Notably, Greenhill and RDV are 21 and over only properties focusing on a specific market and clientele, whereas many others allow children and infants which will further contribute to decision making.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
In considering a move into what may be a lifelong goal of owning and operating a vineyard and/or winery, the choices are, essentially, either acquiring a going concern or starting from scratch.
When the right existing business proves to be elusive, finding a lot with ideal 'terroir' - that environmental combination of soil, geology, climate and topographical character - may bring numerous benefits to a buyer with long term and solid aspirations in the local wine industry.
Searching out and finding the dream locale is in itself rewarding, added to which the future wine property will not inherit any prior negatives but indeed could and should bring with it the subtle anticipation of fresh new things to come.
Clearly, acquiring a great parcel on which to plant and build allows the investor to make his or her stamp on the new venture, whether that be just the vineyard size and varietal of grape or also the design and scope of the future winery and tasting room.
Take the 31.4 acres of delightful Loudoun County land which is currently on offer by a private owner on Lincoln Road near the town of Purcellville. At $549,000, the buyer will be the proud owner of a lovely south-east facing slope with a healthy proportion of the parcel already cleared and ready for vineyard and winery preparation. Access for future winery goers venturing out from Washington DC or points west will find this property easy to get to, and not at the far reaches of a cluster, but in fact right at the center of the Middleburg AVA (American Viticultural Area) which was approved by the US TTB in April 2012 - see map.
Let us know if you would like a tour of this wonderful parcel of land in the heart of Loudoun County, and we will gladly set it up.
Hunt Country SIR
We are Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty, a Northern Virginia based residential real estate broker located in the historic capital of Loudoun County, Leesburg