For Sale — Wannabe Boutique Winery, $1.5 million OBO
By S. Elaine Lyttleton
Includes 3.2-acre award-winning Petite Sirah and Zinfandel vineyard on 5.75 acres of A70 zoned for agriculture property — which means nothing if you want to add value to your crop by making and/or selling wine under the 4-Tiered Boutique Winery Ordinance. Buyer will have to have very deep pockets and be one sandwich short of a picnic to bring the winery to fruition.
Federal bonding and State of CA, ABC licensing has been done easily. But the sellers give up on dealing with the County of San Diego. Price includes a 3-bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1,120-square foot house, a new permitted Ag building with cellar, a new permitted garage building, 2 small sheds, ATV and a tractor.
Asking price also includes first 92 cases of wine produced, still to be labeled and with any luck sold, after 7 years of hard labor: preparing land, installing 2.07 miles of poly tube and 4,018 1-gallon drip emitters for the irrigation lines, building an irrigation water tower, which also serves as invaluable fire protection aid, installing 18.4 miles of 13-gauge galvanized wire, 46 earth anchors, 73 end posts, 692 wire tighteners, 2,000 bamboo stakes, 2,000 grow tubes and 12,800 feet of green tape for the trellising and support of the 2,000 grape vines, various equipment for spraying, pruning, harvesting, and wine making.
Asking price does not factor in the hard labor 7 days a week by a 70-year-old retired firefighter, 65-year-old still working bookkeeper, and numerous friends and family who have mistakenly and voluntarily put their energies into this fruitless enterprise.
Buyer should be aware of all the government agencies and their intricate rules, regulations, reporting requirements and fees/taxes including but not limited to:
State of CA: ABC, BOE, EDD, FTB, Secretary of State, Processor’s permit, CDFA Crush Report
Federal: TTB, IRS, COLA (label approvals), Dept. of Agriculture
County San Diego: Crop reporting, Water Quality Control Board Irrigated Lands, Farm Bureau, Pesticide Registration & Reporting, building permitting, use regulations, environmental health, Fire Marshall, etc., etc., etc.
If buyers intend to complete this project and actually continue to make and perhaps sell wines, they must be aware of severe restrictions under the county ordinance, which include: strict percentages on fruit grown versus fruit bought and from where, wine made versus wine imported and from where, size of tasting facilities versus total area allowed for wine making which is based on a percentage of total acreage, production and sales facilities and their engineering to commercial standards (if you fail to see the by-right of the farmer to add value to their grapes by making and selling wine, join the crowd).
Finally, buyer must have very thick skins and be prepared to deal with harassment and abuse from neighbors and anonymous members of the community who have total disdain for their efforts. All interested parties should have their real estate brokers contact Elaine Lyttleton and Norm Case at Hatfield Creek Winery, 760-787-1102.
Elaine Lyttleton is a Ramona resident.
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