Fortunately, in Texas it takes less investment in real estate to get there but it is no less of an investment in time, plants, equipment and labor. Wine & Vineyards are businesses built on passion, long term vision and determination against all odds, including mother nature.
It is possible to make money in the wine business. But how did they get from A to B? Let’s see. Texas has all the right mixes of tourism, state pride, fervor for locally made products and a wide demographic of wine drinkers.
Actually, the market for Texas wine exists with little product to fulfill the under served demand. We have plenty of folks to consume the product and can expand in depth to fulfill the likes of sophisticated wine drinkers to casual consumers.Texas doesn’t even have to sell wine beyond the state lines to be more successful.
Lots of negative talk about staring a vineyard from mainstream educational institutions? If you have ever attended an introductory seminar are staring a vineyard or getting into the wine business, most likely you were persuaded how hard and risky it can be. But were you shown how to take the next step?
The first step isn’t being an expert. The first step is meeting the real world on the ground hands on the vine experts and learning from their mistakes. Reach out an meet a Texas viticulturist. They will probably invite you to come share in the work to learn the ropes.
The next step would be to identify local and soil types of available property for sale.
While few vineyards have achieved full sustainability it is possible to incorporated sustainable operations into vineyard and winery management with sustainability as a long term goal to strive for and keep the bottom line increasing. (Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals: environmental stewardship, farm profitability, and prosperous farming communities. These goals have been defined by a variety of disciplines and may be looked at from the vantage point of the farmer or the consumer.)
The main areas of vineyard sustainably management are:
• Soil Management
• Vineyard Water Management
• Pest Management
• Wine Quality
• Food Safety and Security
• Ecosystems Management
• Energy Efficiency
• Winery Water Conservation & Water Quality
• Materials Handling
• Solid Waste Reduction & Management
• Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
• Human Resources
• Neighbors and Communities
Crop land values to stay steady and increase in demand in Texas
The latest Tierra Grande assessed land values of productive farming land and looked at prices adjusted for inflation. They found productive land to increase in value over the last 8 years with a continuing increase in demand while other real estate such as residential and commercial held flat. http://recenter.tamu.edu/pdf/1904.pdf
Land prices range from approx. $4,000+/acre in Mason County, McCullough, San Saba, to $10,000+/acre in Gillespie and Blaco, to $20,000+/acre in parts of Hays County, Kendall and Llano.