Is A Hobby Vineyard Right For You?
Do you dream of living in wine country and producing your own wine, but dread the hassle of managing a working vineyard? If so, then you may be interested in a hobby vineyard. A hobby vineyard isn’t technically a type of vineyard, but a name given to small, individually operated mini vineyards on livable property. Here are some of the things you’ll want to consider before purchasing or building a hobby vineyard.
Hobby Vineyards vs. Working Vineyards
To be considered a “hobby vineyard,” a vineyard must take up no more than .5 acres of land. Most hobby vineyards have 10 or fewer rows of vines, though they can have more. Usually, hobby vineyards are built because the property owner has an interest in producing wine, but lacks the land or time to run a full-scale vineyard. They may also be used as additional income or simply, as the name suggests, as a fun hobby.
Running a large working vineyard is a full-time business and can be a serious time commitment. It requires a lot of planning, oversight, and financial investment. You’ll need to hire employees to manage the various jobs on the vineyard, and you’ll need permits and paperwork to get started. However, running a hobby vineyard can take up as little or as much of your time as you choose. It is not a commitment or an obligation, but an opportunity that you can choose to embrace if you wish.
Benefits of Owning a Hobby Vineyard
There Are No Legal Permits Required: If you have a hobby vineyard of .5 acres or less, you won’t have to worry about getting a permit or complying with any city or state ordinances that apply to working vineyards (and there are a lot of them). So, if you have a hankering to grow your own grapes, a hobby vineyard is relatively pain-free to set up.
It’s Cost Effective: Hobby vineyards are also much cheaper to manage than full working vineyards. A hobby vineyard will mature in about two years, and once it has matured, the cost of maintenance is limited to the cost of water and labor. If you’re doing the labor yourself, then it just depends on the size of the vineyard and the amount of water you use.
You Can Get Free or Discounted Wine: If you love the romantic notion of living on a vineyard, but you have no skill set for making wine, you can hire a local winemaker to tend to your vineyard and produce wine for you. You could either keep a portion of the wine or buy it from the winemaker at a discount, depending on the terms of your agreement. If you don’t want to bring on outside employees, you can grow and harvest the grapes yourself on a part-time basis and keep the wine for yourself or sell it to specialty shops in small batches.
You Can Rent it Out: If you do choose to hire someone to care for the vineyard, you can rent out your home on home-share websites like Airbnb or VRBO. The idea of spending a weekend in wine country is very appealing and romantic to a lot of people. You can likely supplement the cost of maintenance with a bit of renting.
Increased Property Value: The hobby vineyard can increase the value of your home and property. If you do someday decide to sell, the new owner can either decide to maintain the vineyard or break it down and maintain the land on its own. Either way, your property will stand out in your market.
It’s Simply Beautiful: At the end of the day, the biggest reward of living on a hobby vineyard might just be the beauty and splendor of it all. Imagine sipping coffee on your patio while watching the sun dip down behind the vines, or popping open a bottle of your very own reserve label wine at Christmas with your family. There’s very little that can compare to life on a vineyard. Life moves a little slower among the grapes. With a hobby vineyard, that life is a lot more accessible.
If you are interested in purchasing a hobby vineyard (or a working vineyard), contact Vineyard For Sale today. We can match you with the vineyard that’s right for you and your family so you can live out the life you’ve been dreaming of in wine country.