Western Colorado has emerged as a prominent destination for wine enthusiasts, and it’s easy to see why. Wineries and vineyards on the Western Slope benefit from ideal conditions for cultivating grapes: elevation, soil quality, favorable temperatures, and ample water supply.
Furthermore, beyond wine production, the Western Colorado lifestyle caters to vintners and enthusiasts. The Western Slope is home to world-class skiing, exhilarating whitewater rafting, scenic horseback riding, and hiking trails, exceptional big game hunting, and even upland bird hunting. It’s a great place to establish a thriving vineyard, winery, or orchard operation that appeals to the area’s demographic.
Vineyards For Sale in Colorado
When searching for vineyard real estate, you have two primary avenues to consider: purchasing an established vineyard or acquiring agricultural land to embark on a new venture from scratch. In either case, some of the best locations with existing viticulture industries include Palisade and Grand Junction, Delta, Olathe, Montrose, the North Fork Valley (Paonia, Hotchkiss, Eckert, and Orchard City), Canon City, and Cortez.
Purchasing an established vineyard for sale versus agricultural land gives you the benefit of existing infrastructure for grape cultivation. Most vineyards for sale in Colorado already have irrigation systems for fencing, trellises, vine planting, and other foundational elements. These systems mean you can start growing much faster than if you had to establish them.
However, buying an existing vineyard may have drawbacks. For instance, the grape varieties planted might not align with your preferences, or the land may have a poorly designed setup. Additionally, vineyard real estate’s scale could exceed your budget or deviate from your business plan.
Wineries For Sale in Colorado
Western Colorado also has a thriving winery real estate industry. You may want to purchase a vineyard with a winery or winery development potential. When looking at wineries for sale in Colorado, you must consider commercial zoning, loading facilities, and visibility to attract tourists and visitors, in addition to the agricultural potential for growing grapes. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find a vineyard for sale outfitted with presses, vats, storage facilities, casking, bottling equipment, and loading areas.
Orchards For Sale in Colorado
Another agricultural opportunity in a similar vein is owning Western Colorado orchard real estate. The Western Slope region is internationally known for peaches, pears, apples, plums, and cherries. Many growers attribute their success to the favorable growing conditions in Western Colorado. Of course, finding a turn-key orchard for sale with fencing, irrigation systems, packing sheds, and healthy fruit trees will also streamline your growing process.
For another leg up on the competition, you can look for a Western Colorado orchard or farm for sale that holds organic certifications. These farms have established markets that eagerly anticipate fresh, organically grown produce.
Start a Thriving Viticulture or Agriculture Operation in Western Colorado
Whether you’re interested in vineyards, wineries, or orchards, Western Colorado offers a range of captivating opportunities in the realm of viticulture and agriculture. Contact me, Robert Gash at United Country Real Estate Western Land & Lifestyle Properties, to explore land and commercial properties and embark on your journey into this flourishing industry.