So You Want to Own a Vineyard

You have developed quite the penchant for fine wine and you have some money set aside for a rather large new endeavor. One night while sipping your cabernet you feel a twinge of excitement. What if you owned your own vineyard? Why not make your own rose scented cabernet? Or a blushing blueberry merlot? So, you want to own a vineyard, but how?

There are a lot of things to consider when you start any business, especially one that is as highly regulated as that in the field of alcohol production. But, that is not to say the dream can’t come to life. It will just take some ingenuity and investigation.

So You Want to Own a Vineyard


You can’t just start a vineyard in your backyard. Well, actually, you can so long as the state you are in doesn’t have any stringent rules about personal wine creation. But, if your only goal is to make wine for private consumption then chances are you don’t really want to own a full-fledged vineyard.

However, if you’re thinking of vast fields of grape vines and blueberry groves, you will need to pick the right piece of property. You will want to attain information about the best water softeners on, because water quality is essential when creating good wine. Although, it might not be as important as ensuring you have a sloping piece of property for proper irrigation.

Grape vines are pretty adaptable though and as long as you keep them away from things that will steal their sunlight, you can probably plant them just about anywhere. Even in harsher climates they are proving sustainable.

Just remember that photosynthesis converts carbon dioxide into sugar which becomes alcohol after fermentation. Photosynthesis can’t happen without the sun. If your plants don’t get enough sun and air circulation they can suffer from an array of fungus issues. Learn more.

Then there’s terroir, or a fancy French word that lets you know that grapes adapt the taste attributes of the property from which they are grown. The same variety of grapes grown in varying places will taste quite different. No other wine will taste like yours because no one else is growing grapes on your property.


While grapes can adapt surprisingly well, there are some things they just don’t take to. Take note of the average number of frost free days to determine the length of the growing season where you plan to establish your vineyard. Not every grape can handle every climate. This knowledge will help you pick the grapes that are right for your locale.

When grapes get too hot they shut down. So if you anticipate weather over 70 degrees during the day you might want to consider purchasing a variety that ripens later. This way they can ripen later in the fall when your too-warm-climate cools off a bit.  Read more about ripening.

Rain fall is ok for grapes. They are fine with excessive amounts so long as you ensure that the drainage is out of this world. They don’t like to get their feet wet. The only real problem noted with too much rain is the lack of exposure to the sun. Which means less photosynthesis? And don’t let these little guys freeze either!

Once you have determined the right property and the right climate, with excellent drainage, you will be well on your way to owning your own vineyard. Now all you have to do is pick out the grapes. Read this for more information about that.