Essential Tips for Finding a Vineyard

With its rich, fertile soil and ideal climate, Virginia is the perfect place to cultivate a vineyard. Whether you're starting a hobby vineyard or expanding your business, we can help you find and purchase the best property.

So You Want to Own a Winery

Move over, Napa Valley — Virginia is Wine Country! Our rich soil, mild climate, and easy access to bustling cities (and tourists who love winery tours!) make rural Virginia the perfect place for starting or expanding a winery of your own. You can almost imagine yourself surveying the land and kicking back with a glass of wine — one you made yourself — in your hand after a long day hard at work. The question is, how do you get there?

You likely already have a general location picked out and some understanding of Virginia's climate to know what you want in your winery. With a little help from this guide to purchasing wineries and our intimate knowledge of country properties, our real estate experts at Horse Farms & Country Homes can make your search for the right vineyard effortless. Let's get started!

First, Consider the Basics of Buying a Winery

Before you get right to searching for properties, take note of what exactly you will need in your new property. Consider your expected income and expenditures (especially your initial investment), your future expansion plans, how large a tasting room you want, how close you want to be to a wine trail, and what kind of grapes you want to plant. Owning a winery is a major endeavor, but with enough hard work and the right amount of planning, you can taste success.

vineyard owner holding grapes

Do your homework. If you're new to wine production, brush up on the finer points of the trade, starting with the terminology. That way, you'll know what to ask the seller once you're ready to view properties. 

vineyard in the countryside

Set realistic goals. Meet with a banker to learn what you can afford, then consider your expected income vs. costs. This will help you determine what size vineyard is best for your investment goals.

person tasting wine

Talk with a Broker. Discuss your plans for a vineyard or winery in detail with a real estate professional you trust. He or she will then help you determine what you're looking for in a property — and help you find it.

Next, Search for Your Ideal Vineyard

Whether you want a luxury home surrounded by lush vineyards or need a professional winery for your business, our real estate professionals can help you find the property you are looking for. Below are available vineyards for sale in Virginia; browse through these listings to find your ideal vineyard or create a Property Organizer account and sign up for alerts of new listings. If you need help finding the right property, you can always call us at 703.966.9480.

Questions to Consider When Viewing Vineyards

Once you have settled on a few properties you like, ask your Broker for a showing and arm yourself with a list of questions to consider, such as these:

  • When were the vines planted?
  • Is the vineyard professionally maintained?
  • Who is buying the grapes and for how much?
  • If the property is an established winery, how is it faring?
  • Where are the water sources? How is the vineyard irrigated?
  • Is there a soil analysis or survey?
  • What is the vineyard's past production?

Cindy Polk, Realtor in Virginia

Work with an Experienced Broker

We specialize in Virginia country properties including vineyards, so we can help you identify the best property and negotiate the best price for your next vineyard. Let's talk about your plans! Call us at 703.966.9480.

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