So, you’ve always wanted to have a vineyard . . . live in the quiet and serenity of the vines . . . watch the cycle from vine to wine every year . . . BUT, you don’t want the responsibility of owning a business you’re not familiar with . . . you realize that you’re not a farmer, maybe you even have a black thumb or maybe you just don’t have the funds to start your own vineyard at this time. Well, there’s a new trend that is the answer to your prayers – THE VINEYARD ESTATE.
Although it’s not a new concept, it has been steadily picking up steam and they are sprouting up all over the nation. The premise is based on a similar concept of a golf course subdivision but, instead of golf balls being constantly lobbed into your backyard, your home is situated in a vineyard. With some vineyard estate projects you may own a stake in the vineyard that surrounds your home, or you may just own the land your house sits upon. Most of these communities offer incentives such as receiving a case or cases of the wine produced from these grapes, and you may even be able to participate in harvesting or crushing the grapes or bottling the wine. The biggest benefit is agreed upon – looking out your window and enjoying the peace of vineyard life.
Baby boomers are retiring in droves and are expressing a desire to move away from the city. Those of us still working may want a vacation home in a more rural location. Regardless of the reason, the romance of vineyard living is drawing people to vineyard estates across the country.
David Levine, a realtor in Sedona, Arizona, represents the developer of one of the projects in Page Springs, right in the heart of “wine country”, just outside Sedona in northern Arizona. The vines were planted last year and the estate is ready for buyers. There are five lots, from 1.61 acres to just under four acres, and each home will be surrounded by vines. It’s a gated community that lies next to the banks of Oak Creek.
There are two other projects in the works as well. One of them is Broken Glass Vineyard & Winery Estates in Willcox, or more specifically the “Willcox Bench”, one of the most successful grape growing regions in the state. Existing vineyards include such names as Arizona Stronghold (formerly Dos Cabezas Vineyard), Erath Vineyards, Pillsbury Wine Company, Crop Circle Vineyard and Sweet Sunrise Vineyard. While they are expecting to begin planting the grapes in 2009, sales for this community are projected to begin in 2012.
Rod Keeling of Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards is getting ready to sell his vineyard estate lots later this year. His vineyard estate is located right next to his existing vineyard in Pearce (southern Arizona) and is bordered by Turkey Creek. He will have four lots that will be a minimum of four acres in size.
There are other existing vineyards in the state that also have long term plans to capitalize on this concept, creating some kind of community on or near their vineyards. It’s a premise that is certain to gather momentum as people learn more about Arizona wines and decide it is time to leave the rat race.
Even though there’s talk of a recession and the real estate market is hitting all-time lows, people are still moving to Arizona in vast numbers. The popularity of wine is also continuing to grow. And no one can deny that there’s some kind of magic that draws people to those vines. These factors all blend together to create the perfect climate for success of the vineyard estate concept.
Imagine sitting on your patio, drinking a glass of wine and watching the sun set over the vines – and you can do this every day. If this is just the life you’ve been dreaming about, consult our website (www.arizonavinesandwines.com) for further updates on existing estates and future concepts. We’ll keep you informed.
“This wine is from our vineyard.”
If you’ve always dreamt of owning a vineyard, but you’re not ready to quit your day job and you don’t really want to get your hands dirty, you have options. One of those options is to invest in an existing wine operation. As a part owner of Pillsbury Wine Company, you can enjoy the benefits of owning a vineyard, without the hassles and for a lot less money. Each year, you can participate in the harvest party, get an allotment of your wine, learn about the winemaking process, etc and have a financial stake in the emerging Arizona wine industry. Long term plans include a winery, restaurant, spa, and a country style village surrounded by vines. Contact Sam for a prospectus on this opportunity. PillsburyWine.com
Article by Rhonni Moffitt. Photo from Shutterstock.
Originally Published in Arizona Vines and Wines Summer 2008 Issue