icon_arrow_down icon_arrow_left icon_arrow_left_large icon_arrow_right icon_arrow_right_large icon_arrow_up icon_bullet_arrow icon_call icon_close icon_facebook icon_googleplus icon_grid_off icon_instagram icon_login icon_mail icon_menu icon_message icon_minus icon_pinterest icon_plus icon_quote_end icon_quote_start icon_refresh icon_search icon_tick_on icon_twitter icon_video_play icon_youtube

Sign up to our mailing list for the latest Boat International & Events news.

SIGN UP

Missing your newsletter?

If you’ve unsubscribed by mistake and would like to continue to hear about the latest Boat International & Events news, update your preferences now and let us know which emails you’d like to receive.

UPDATE NOW
No, thanks
4 reasons to invest in a vineyard

4 reasons to invest in a vineyard

1
/4

Making (and drinking) your own wines

VIEW AS GALLERY
VIEW AS GALLERY
vineyards-in-the-summer

Photograph courtesy of Bob McClenahan

Undulating sun-kissed hills planted with rows of lush vines yielding fruit that has the potential to make us merry; the prospect of owning a vineyard is universally romantic to those with an epicurean edge and an appreciation for the finer things in life.

“There are many reasons to buy a vineyard,” says David Ashcraft, founder of Vintroux Real Estate, who has been selling vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma for 17 years. “They are usually in beautiful locations, and they epitomise a great lifestyle, something that they can share with friends and go and visit. Plus, there is huge bragging potential. On top of the property itself, you can create your own wine that you can gift to friends and associates and that can also be run as a business and yield some income.” You need never worry about buying the best wine for your superyacht parties again.

Sponsored Listings
2
/4

The beautiful scenery

VIEW AS GALLERY
VIEW AS GALLERY
napa-prestige-vineyrd-estate

You can plant grapevines wherever the sun shines, but when it comes to investing, some locations are better than others so check out some of the best places for wine tasting before you buy.

“The safest place to invest in would be the Napa Valley — it is very secure and values hold there even if there are changes in the economy. Sonoma and the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions of France are also good options, and these days more and more people are looking to South America, too,” says Ashcraft. “But blue chip is always going to be Napa and Sonoma.”

Take, for example, this 109-acre estate with a 5,000-square-foot main house, a 1,500-square-foot guesthouse, two barns and 35 acres planted with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is located in the Napa Valley Appellation. The unique microclimate provides very desirable fruit characteristics, and wines made from this vineyard have received numerous awards and accolades.

Napa Prestige Vineyard Estate is listed by Vintroux Real Estate for $7,995,000

Sponsored Listings
3
/4

Vineyards can be a great business opportunity

VIEW AS GALLERY
VIEW AS GALLERY
whitehall-estate-vineyard

Once you have a vineyard, there is the potential to operate as a profitable business, but it’s a tough going enterprise that depends on a number of variables, from the quality of the fruit to the volume you produce and the hours of sun that season.

“The safest and most effective way to make money out of a vineyard is to hold it over time,” says Ashcraft. “However, it’s very different to other commercial real estate. You wouldn’t get the same return as you would on an office building or apartment complex, but then you wouldn’t go to either of those places to enjoy yourself, so there’s a good trade-off.”

There is, of course, the option of getting into the wine business, growing your own grapes, making your own wine and selling it directly to consumers. “That way you can take the entire margin, which is obviously an attractive prospect,” says Ashcraft. “But there are a lot of hoops to jump through as the wine industry is a tricky one and highly competitive. My client base is a mixture of people looking for a certain lifestyle and of people within the wine industry who are looking to pick up additional vineyards or smaller wineries, but I definitely have more lifestyle buyers than commercial.”

Sponsored Listings
Loading content...
Upgrade your account
Your account at BOAT International doesn't include a BOAT Pro subscription. Please subscribe to BOAT Pro in order to unlock this content.
Subscribe More about BOAT Pro