No, wineterroirs isn't interested in competing with ebay, although I could consider a change of philosophy for the website if a buyer rewards me for finding his dream-winery...
My friend Michelle tipped me about an estate in Touraine going on sale by its owner, and I thought it might interest some of you. By "you", I mean not only the prospective buyers but also people like you and me who never really think of setting up a winery but have some curiosity about such property sales. Michelle heard about it by word of mouth and the owner didn't put the sale on any specialized website.
The vineyard, which is very close to the facility, makes up 18 hectares (44,5 acres) : Sauvignon, Gamay, Cabernet and Cot (Malbec) the oldest being planted in 1964.
Mr Chevet, who lost his wife last year, reached retirement age and his children aren't interested in continuing the business. He is the 3rd known generation as a vigneron. He followed suit to his father in 1960 with 8 hectares at the time, as they were also growing different vegetables.
On the machines side, he sells also all the machines for the vineyard, including the tractor, the spraying machine, the special elevated tractor (named "enjambeur" in France) and a harvest gondola, among others.
The estate/winery is still in activity until he sells it. He has two employees.
What about the price tag now ? He sells either separately or in one block the vineyard and the equipped facility:
__The 18-hectare vineyard : 228 000 Euro
__The fully-equipped chai with the viticulture machines : 300 000 Euro
This makes a total price tag of 528 000 Euro. That's about the price of a 100-square-meter (1076 square feet) flat in Paris, and not in the best neighborhood, and to compare with the most expensive french vineyard real estate : One hectare (2,47 acres) of vineyard in Champagne costs 650 000 Euro...That's still a lot of money but I'm sure that a few readers already dream of a new life...