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.
Rockwood Manor in the delightful town of Hamilton, Virginia, lies in the heart of Loudoun County's wine country. The property comprises a restored 1854 Quaker house on 147 acres of pristine equestrian land with a historic bank barn, ice house and pool.
Rockwood would make a wonderful vineyard and winery with event hosting. Some hops are already grown on site and little if any clearing would be required to plant an initial vineyard. The property recently came up for sale through Hunt Country Sotheby's International Realty, priced at $2.99M.
Hamilton is a ten minute drive from the county seat of Leesburg, and well positioned for winery goers trecking out from Washington and the surrounding area.
Contact Windy Harris for more details here or call Windy on (703) 443-1757.
Our delightful winery and vineyard listing, Notaviva, located in serene Western Loudoun County, is now priced very competitively at $1,995,000. The tasting room which is also a home was built in 2008 and featured on HGTV's Dream Home series. It is a stunning timber frame property, with the tasting room on the main level, seating also on the upper mezzanine and living area on the lower level. Contact Janeen Marconi or Peter Leonard-Morgan for more details and to schedule a visit.
Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty, located in the historic Loudoun County capital of Leesburg, is focusing on an important segment of real estate, wineries and vineyards, an area which has seen significant growth over the past 30 years.
With two lovely properties currently for sale, Notaviva in the serene countryside of Western Loudoun and another landmark winery and vineyard on 359 acres just a few miles to the east of Notaviva, HCSIR sees this as an important new opportunity during the coming years.
With more than 45 dedicated wineries and vineyards in Loudoun County alone, this represents nearly 20% of the 250 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
To tackle this burgeoning sector of the business, HCSIR has recently affiliated with Isabelle Truchon and Peter Leonard-Morgan, Isabelle originally hailing from Canada and Peter from England.
Isabelle is a CSW or Certified Specialist of Wine as well as a renowned artist with a love of equine art. Peter spent his formative years in the Ferrari and Lamborghini sales business in London and Italy followed by 20 years selling Gulfstream jets before embarking as a Realtor.
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