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Interesting article from El Pais, the leading international daily newspaper in the Spanish language. This article focuses on the rise of interest from wealthy buyers in vineyard properties around Europe and beyond.

The article is in Spanish but here is a rough translation of the opening few paragraphs which includes comments from Home Hunts –

In the world of the vineyard they defend that God created time on the first day, and then rested. At least that’s what the old vignerons think, those French grape artisans. Winegrowers with the lines of their hands sunk like plow furrows and who protect their ancient vines from the worst frost of the last decades by lighting candles between the plants at two in the morning. Harvest days count, that “if you want to make a small fortune in wine, start with a big one.”

They have a wisdom that many should remember. Especially today, when there is a growing demand for wineries and vineyards between hobby and business. The pandemic has prompted the search for lands of calm and tranquility. The phenomenon resonates strongly in France, Italy, California and, even more tempered, in Spain.

Of course, someone who buys vineyards for fun should not initially worry about profit or loss. The house, the château, is usually half the value of the transaction and there are wishes for a new life. It is even planted on the outskirts of Paris.
“With the crisis we have seen that one of the properties that is very high on the shopping list is a small vineyard,” observes Tim Swannie, director of Home Hunts, an agency specializing in the sale of strains as a hobby in France. And he points out: “Most of the clients [especially Dutch, German and American] are not looking for a commercial vineyard, but a beautiful house with a lot of space around it and one or two hectares of vines where they can make their own wine.” That is, approximately 7,000 bottles if you want to produce with quality.
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