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Napa and Sonoma Real Estate 2022

Happy Winter of 2022

The Dream Lives on in Napa / Sonoma and Further Afield –  Real Estate

Another exciting year is underway as we approach Spring.  With pruning behind us, we anticipate bud break in the coming months. The cycle continues. Before going any further, I have to say last Fall was just stunning! The arrival of early and plentiful rains ushered in an amazing color palette with brilliant green hills and dramatic Fall colors among the trees and vineyards.  The magnificence of wine country was on full display.  I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did.  Fall of 2021 was a big reminder of why we all love wine country.

Amador County Winery For Sale

Amador County Winery For Sale

Positive Influences On The Market

During the last year, the Napa and Sonoma real estate market has been robust and this looks to continue through 2022.  Lifestyle buyers have been out in force supported by remote work trends, covid refugees looking for more space and general affordability compared to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.  The natural beauty of wine country and access to top tier creature comforts is an added bonus.  The region continues to see a rebound in wine grape sales. An improved wine grape market helps support interest and viability in smaller vineyards for lifestyle buyers and larger vineyard acquisitions by industry players.  This is positive news after the slim 2020 harvest, followed by the 2021 harvest that was diminished by drought.  The silver lining – the 2021 vintage looks outstanding and wineries are realigning their strategies to lock in supply through contracts, purchasing quality land and vineyards to secure future stock.  This is a “rising tide lifts all boats” kind of market.

Sonoma County Real Estate

Sonoma County Real Estate

The Dream Lives On

Wine country continues to be highly desirable, not only by those looking for a second or third home to enjoy an unmatched lifestyle but also by those that are interested in getting into the business.  There are several approaches to the wine growing business.  Some are looking to focus on farming and selling their grapes, taking advantage of favorable tax structures.  Others are looking to take the plunge by starting from scratch:  growing wine grapes, making wine, creating their own brand and ramping up sales.  Then there are those that take the middle ground, a more practical approach, and look for a successful vineyard, winery and / or wine brand that already has a proven track record of building on existing relationships, cashflow and pedigree.   Each of these approaches has its rewards and challenges but there is certainly more than one path to becoming involved in the wine business.

Sonoma County Vineyard Estate

Sonoma County Vineyard Estate

Opportunity Knocks

Wine country is a magical landscape with one gorgeous setting after another. No matter where you land, it is sure to be special.  The super-premium areas of Napa and Sonoma Counties are still the most sought after, such as  Howell Mountain and Rutherford in the Napa Valley or Russian River and Alexander Valleys in Sonoma County.  These are just several of many outstanding growing areas throughout the region.  As one might expect, prices and values have continued to rise over time.  For some, current values put the dream out of reach.  That is, unless you look a little further afield for areas that also provide beautiful scenery and quality wine grape growing.  You might just consider the Sierra Foothills, located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, including up and coming wine regions like El Dorado and Amador Counties.

Hidden Gems

The Sierra Foothills region has a long history of growing wine grapes since the California gold rush of the 1840’s and has recently been gaining more attention for its quality / value ratio.  High elevation areas like Apple Hill and Fair Play in El Dorado County have numerous wineries.  Not far away are the rolling hills of Shenandoah Valley in Amador County with 40 wineries easily accessible by multiple wine roads.    The Sierra Foothills provides an opportunity for those with a smaller budget but looking for many of the attributes found in Napa and Sonoma.  If you are looking for a hidden gem, this may be where you find it.

Napa Valley Real Estate

Napa Valley Real Estate

Let’s Talk

The long and the short of it is that we are looking at another exciting year in wine country.  If you are thinking about selling, I have clients looking for premium vineyards, vineyard estates and wineries.  I am happy to speak on a confidential basis to answer your questions.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss.  In the meantime, pray for more rain and enjoy the rest of the year ahead.

Cheers!

Napa and Sonoma Real Estate 2022

Happy Winter of 2022 The Dream Lives on in Napa / Sonoma and Further Afield –  Real Estate Another exciting year is underway as we approach Spring.  With pruning behind us, we anticipate bud break in the coming months. The cycle continues. Before going any further, I have to say last Fall was just stunning! […]... Read more

Sonoma and Napa Winter 2021

Light on the Horizon Dust Settles During the Sonoma and Napa Winter 2021 If there is one thing we have learned over the last several years, it is that wine country is resilient.  Wildfires, economic uncertainty, politics and a worldwide pandemic have all conspired to shake our core, especially in 2020.  But here we are, […]... Read more

Moving Forward – Sonoma and Napa Real Estate 2020

Clearly, we are enduring an unprecedented challenge with Covid-19 health issues and associated economic impact.    As a community I am sure we will ultimately arrive at a   destination that resembles the wine country that we all know and love.... Read more

Opportunities and Challenges in Napa and Sonoma

No doubt, the last few years have been good in wine country with increasing wine grape and real estate prices. While things are still good in wine country, there have been some changes in the market over the last six months.... Read more

Buyers Compete In Sellers Market, Spring 2017

So what are the current real estate values in wine country? The latest information shows continued price increases across the board. Even the median home price in Sonoma County has doubled in the last five years.... Read more

Things That Make Wine Country Awesome

Let’s focus on the positive. After more than a year of the most bizarre political theater in memory, it is time to put the circus back in the tent… at least for a moment. Your sanity will thank you. ... Read more

January 2015 – Trends, Insights & Analysis

In this edition we will touch on vineyard sales, an overseas buyer update, the 2014 crop, the drought and ways to conserve water, the winery market and permit challenges, a spot check (RRV), 1031 Exchange quick reference, and a few other interesting tid bits. Let’s get started!... Read more

Wine Country Real Estate Financing Options – Sonoma & Napa Counties

Wine Country Financing Options – Sonoma & Napa Counties One of the key components of purchasing a wine country property, whether it is a vineyard, estate, winery or bare land is the capital used to make the acquisition.  Many buyers are going to require some sort of financing for a purchase or perhaps a line […]... Read more

Sonoma And Napa Real Estate Values 2019

We are currently observing vineyard estates, luxury homes and vineyards come on the market for various reasons. Locally, multiple high-profile Silicon Valley IPOs are going public and sellers are hoping to capitalize on newly minted millionaires.... Read more

Survey Says – 2018 Harvest Was Abundant – Grape Prices

The numbers are in and they tell a story of abundance.  The 2018 wine grape harvest in Sonoma and Napa Counties was bountiful by any standard and the quality is equally outstanding.  Each year we provide a breakdown of the current weighted average wine grape prices for popular varietals in Sonoma and Napa.     […]... Read more

So where exactly is wine country?

So where exactly is wine country? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends say that they are heading up to “Napa” for the weekend when they very well know that they are going to Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County. ... Read more