Can we afford to buy more vines?

I get a lot of questions about the nuts and bolts of vineyard finance.  Honestly, I’m not really comfortable posting all our costs and returns on the web or even talking about them openly at wine tastings.  But I understand when people get curious.  I mean, somewhere in the back of their minds, they want to know just how much dough it takes to buy and operate a vineyard.

I found a really interesting breakdown over at the Tablas Creek blog where they discuss the math on buying a new property and trying to make it profitable.  SPOILER: the boat sinks.  But it’s interesting to hear a real winemaker talk shop on the nuts and bolts of dollar costs in the US.  I’ll try to add a couple differences with costs in France later on.  But for now, here’s the link to Haas’ article on vineyard finance.

How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards, located in the North Arrondissement of Carcassonne, is just minutes from the Carcassonne train station, the Medieval City, and the Carcassonne Airport.
GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

O’Vineyards
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North Arrondissement of Carcassonne
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Best by GPS.
    Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou using the D118. At the end of the last straight part of D118, you will come to a roundabout with the Dyneff gas station.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which curves up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire on the left.
  4. At the last juction, bear left. the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.
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