How Appraisers Value Vineyards

1) Replacement Costs 2) Comparable Sales 3) Income Capitalization
Averaged = Value

Plus the value of various other factors: location, wine prices, opportunity costs, cost of capital, water, soil, topography, maturity, seduction factor of the wine country lifestyle.

I believe the best bang for the buck in terms of vineyard development opportunity in Central Texas is the undervalued Mason area. The sandstone soils with good mineral composition and Hickory Aquifer with abundant water make for the 2 most valued qualities of the region for not only grape growing but other produce and cash crops. Tracts of all sizes are available in the Mason area. Next, the location is perfect for day trippers, but the community still roots a large portion of the economy in ag. centric activities so you will be able to get a tractor part or find someone to help with a sprinkler. Other growers and winemakers anchor this community in the burgeoning Texas Wine industry and you have to love the new WineBar just off the square.

Interested in starting a vineyard? Ask me about suitable vineyard sites for your venture or buy this one that is turnkey: Peter’s Prairie Vineyard

Great Article: http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=features&content=70102&ftitle=How%20Appraisers%20Value%20Vineyards

Wine Worth Drinking

Picked up this much awaited bottle at Austin Wine Merchant. Created by Louis Dixon and winemaker Tony Coturri, this wine is a blend of Merlot, Cab from grapes grown in the Texas Hill Country by Steve & Joy Johnson @ Granite Hill Vineyards and small amounts of Norton, Black Spanish, Syrah, Tannat and Viognier. French oaked, unfiltered, naturally fermented….I can’t wait to taste!

La Cruz de Comal Cohete Rojo 05
La Cruz de Comal Cohete Rojo 05

Lubbock Wine Festival Nov. 6,7,8

The Great State of Texas will be showcasing vintages from several years:
http://www.lubbockwinefestival.com/wine.php

I would personally look for Fall Creek and McPherson Cellars.

Enjoy!

Sandstone Cellars Enoteca Puts Mason on the Map as a Destination!

Now Open! The much anticipated Sandstone Wine Bar is now serving flights, bottles, and wines by the glass along with small plates and local tastes. Artwork on display to treat your visual senses. Visit this little gem on your next trip to the Hill Country. Located next door to Sandstone Cellars.  Open Wednesday – Sunday from 5 pm – 10 pm.

Visit to Tallent Vineyards, Mason TX

Drew Tallent has been an inspiring voice for me in the Texas Vineyard business. A wealth of farming knowledge and no holds barred opinion for grape growing. He has defied many odds for producing quality fruit in the Texas Hill Country AVA; Mr. Tallent has continued his success in producing 100 tons this past harvest. He is prominent pillar in the wine grape grower community. Check out the photos.

Just Listed: Established 33ac. vineyard 16mi. from Fredericksburg, TX

Fruit of the Vine

Fruit of the Vine

Just listed! Established 33 Acre Vineyard on 104 prime acres of Hickory Sand soils just outside of Fredericksburg, TX. Most of the vineyard was planted in 1997. Varieties include Merlot, Cab and a small block of Malbec. 4,000 sq. ft. warehouse with attached apartment. Large inventory of farm equipment conveys with property. Premium fruit for Becker’s labels. More details and links to website soon.

Great Article on High Plains Wine Growers

Cotton-to-wine grape transition pays off http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-grape-transition-0713/

My favorite part of the article, “We need more growers,” said Newsom, immediate past-president of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. “We need to significantly increase grape acreage – double or triple it – to meet the demand of wineries.”

Interested in getting some acreage planted on your current land? Better do your research.

Ask me about soil testing to see what you have to work with and how to get started….

Sandstone Cellars in Texas Highways

Sandstone Cellars was featured in an article about Mason, Texas in the September, 2009 issue of Texas Highways.

http://www.texashighways.com/index.php/component/content/article/45-hill-country/6003-hill-country-gem-mason

Hill Country Gem: Mason The small town of Mason boasts fine wine and good food, plus rock-hunting and bat flights

By Dale Weisman

Starting a Vineyard – Continued 2

New Texas Ag Extension Resource website: http://www.extension.org/grapes

Reprinted courtesy of UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Sample Cost Study to Establish 40 Acres of Conventional Wine Grapes in San Joaquin Valley
Sample Costs to Establish Vineyard- 40 Acres Conventional

Sample Cost Study to Establish 30 Acres of Organic Chardonnay Wine Grapes in Sonoma County
Sample Costs to Establish Organic Chardonnay Wine Grapes -30 Acres Sonoma County

Money for renewable energy systems available in July

(Infrastructure & Transportation : Texas) 7/7/2009
Federal money is available through the end of the month for farmers, ranchers and rural business owners to purchase and install small wind turbines or other renewable energy systems.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program grants cover 25 percent of the total installed cost of a system and, when combined with the Federal Investment Tax Credit, roughly can cover 50 percent of the cost.

The program is designed to assist producers who gain at least 50 percent of their gross income from agricultural operations and rural small business owners with less than 15 employees.

Applications must be submitted to the local USDA Rural Development Office by July 31.

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