According to Wine America, the association of American wineries, the U.S. wine industry was valued at close to $5 billion in 2014, with grapes constituting the nation’s highest value fruit crop. California’s Wine Institute further reports that U.S. wine production totaled 835 million gallons in 2015, 90 percent of which came from Californian vineyards. Established wine-growing regions in California, Washington, Texas and Oregon are being joined by increasing numbers of vineyards in states like Virginia, Michigan and New York. And while the creation of a new vineyard is an expensive, time-consuming and at-times risky investment, the economic and lifestyle rewards make the business of owning a vineyard an attractive proposition for many oenophile entrepreneurs. Here, we roundup eight turnkey vineyards and wineries for sale on Lands of America (scroll to the bottom of this post for a map of property locations).
JOSEPHINE COUNTY | OREGON | $7,800,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2380860
Established in 1972, Troon Vineyard sits in Oregon’s Applegate Valley, the state’s southernmost appellation. The property’s 32 acres currently support over 20 grape varietals, from Malbec and Tannat to Cabernet Sauvignon and Troon’s signature Zinfandel (grown since 1972, the region’s earliest planting of this grape). Sitting on the Applegate Valley Wine Trail, Troon Vineyard is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike who come to enjoy the 4,000-square-foot winery, picnic area and bocce ball courts.
LLANO COUNTY | TEXAS | $895,000 | PROPERTY ID: 3117058
Currently operating as a private-dining venue, Texas Hill Country’s Lost Creek Vineyard includes three acres of Shiraz and Cabernet grapes. The property was hit by a devastating flood in June 2007 but bounced back and now boasts bed-and-breakfast lodging amenities and the popular Treehouse Bistro in addition to its winery and tasting-room facilities.
MENDOCINO COUNTY | CALIFORNIA | $21,000,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2724051
Originally established as a cattle ranch in 1978, White Oak Ranch & Vineyard’s owners, Brian and Helen White, planted its vineyards as a more profitable venture. Over 130 acres support some 80,000 vines growing varietals including Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Merlot and Pinot gris. The estate’s centerpiece White Oak Villa is a stunning architectural masterpiece that’s designed to evoke a classic Mediterranean feel, including handcrafted doors and windows from Italy and France.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY | VIRGINIA | $1,395,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2544626
Although not in the same league as more established West Coast wines, Virginia is emerging as a vibrant wine destination. A family-run business since 2007, Firefly Hill Vineyards’ owners purchased the 37-acre property from family members in 2002 and were inspired to start a vineyard following a trip to San Luis Obispo in 2006. The result is a peaceful escape amidst the rolling Blue Ridge landscape of southwestern Virginia, conveniently located just off I-81. Varietals grown here include Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot as well as American varietals of Niagara and Cayuga grapes.
OTERO COUNTY | NEW MEXICO | $399,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2581137
Although not the first state that springs to mind when it comes to U.S. wine, New Mexico is the country’s oldest wine-producing region, with the first grapes planted here by Franciscan monks in 1629. Today, some 60 wineries produce almost a million gallons of wine a year, including the vino from Tularosa Vineyards. Seven acres of vineyards on the property grow Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec and Black Muscat grapes. A lovely pecan-shaded area and tasting room allow visitors to enjoy the wares and ambiance of this small family-run business.
BENTON COUNTY | WASHINGTON | $8,500,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2905852
Vinagium Vineyards comprises two separate vineyards located on the productive slopes of Washington’s Red Mountain AVA (American viticultural area). The southwest-facing terroir here is particlaurly condusive for grape growing, with a good amount of sunshine and wind allowing the grapes to develop thick skins that tend to make for more robust, darker wines. Located at the same latitude as France’s Bordeaux regions, the vineyards are planted with both Bordeaux and Rhone Valley varietals.
JOSEPHINE COUNTY | OREGON | $6,000,000 | PROPERTY ID: 2723893
One of two Oregon vineyards for sale in this list, Deer Creek Vineyards is also one of southern Oregon’s oldest and most established wineries. Located in the cooler climes of the Illinois Valley sub-appellation of the Rogue Valley AVA, its location close to the Pacific coast brings warm days and cooler nights that help grow a more acidic, bolder grape. Deer Creek’s wines have won numerous state and regional awards.
MENDOCINO COUNTY | CALIFORNIA | $13,400,000 | PROPERTY ID: 3015540
California’s Anderson Valley lies about 100 miles north of San Francisco, with a climate and elevation that’s perfectly suited to growing grapes. Anderson Valley Estate Winery and Vineyard boasts 60 acres of vineyards amidst its 700 acres of beautiful redwood- and fir-shaded slopes. Grapes grown here include Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Quite apart from its serious wine-producing chops, the estate brims with wildlife including blacktail deer, wild turkey, quail, wild boar, blue grouse, ducks and the occasional black bear.