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Owning a vineyard is not a hobby, although it probably should be as well. A vineyard is a rather complex agricultural business and in order to make a wine business successful requires strong in-house operational wine growing and wine making knowledge. Many vineyards both grow and harvest the wine grapes and have the wine making production facility on the premises. Other vineyards only grow and harvest whilst they leave the 'winery' or wine making to a cooperation in a different location. Many properties, also referred to as 'vineyards', only do the 'winery' or wine production.
Wine labels in France most often are inked to a Chateau label which is either the agricultural side around a Chateau or a Chateau that does wine production or both.
Vineyards often have a large property on the domain, like a Chateau, a Chartreuse or a Manor home, although many vineyards may have smaller farmhouses on the premises.
Investing in a vIne or vineyard is a serious business proposition and will take several months of due diligence. The procedure requires good specialist advice, especially if the buyer is not a local with an infrastructure in place. The type of grapes, Merlot, Cabernet, Malbec and others as a cru or mix is not an issue as long as the quality is recognized. Many of the vineyards for sale can be found on different websites and many other 'vignobles' for sale will never be shown for different privacy or commercial reasons. That is why the purchase of a vineyard by a non-local should only be done on the basis of a detailed search instruction in order to get off on a clean start. Reasons for the intended sale of a vineyard are many from lack of heritage, lack of funding to modernise, maintenance cost of the property, a few bad harvest periods during a the past 10 years and so on.
The Vineyard business in France (about 10% of world production) and worldwide is absolutely huge. Total revenue is about 250 billion dollars, yet the wine business is small like an elite group where everyone knows who is who.
If you are serious you will need specialist advice and we are happy to assist. Please use to this form to securely provide your details in order to start that process.
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