Real Estate Report: Have Your Own Terroir With This Perfect Dry Creek Vineyard, $3.595M


On the west side of Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, a few minutes northwest of Healdsburg, this property produces organic Cabernet and Syrah.

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The Basics: On this lovely 32+/- acre spread of field, forest, and vineyard on the west side of Dry Creek Valley, a 2-bed, 3-bath  house with a library, plus a 1-bath studio guest house with kitchenette, designed by architect Fiona O’Neill. Deer-fencing, barns, and accommodations for sheep and free-range chickens. On the market for two weeks, asking $3.595M. About ten minutes from all that Healdsburg has to offer.

Not So Basic: The term terroir gets handled loosely in the food-mad Bay Area, and fundamentally it’s when the something tastes of the place it’s grown— without actually GPS-ing that baby carrot you’ve just been served— and the term was originally used by wine makers in France to describe what a particular location conveys to its product. The business itself, Forth Vineyards, is not for sale, but the necessary infrastructure is there on the property to qualify for a vineyard license, which conveys with the property. The sellers are interested in leasing back the ten acres of vineyard and keeping the production onsite, meaning you get to live the life without waking up in the middle of the night worrying about next year’s vintage. 

The house itself is a handsome board-and-batten version of the classic Northern California farmhouse. According to the realtor, the architect lived on the site in a trailer for a few weeks before planning it out, and unlike so many ambitious wine country properties, this one’s not suffering from an Edifice Complex. A map of the property gives an idea of the scale and layout:

Inside, the rooms have beamed high ceilings and simple details, and in the kitchen, French doors and lots of counter space:

There a slideshow at agent and vineyard-property specialist Ann Amtower’s dedicated site. Below,  a barn, and an array of stainless-steel wine vats:

One of the views over the vineyard:

Don’t expect any open houses, and visits to Forth Vineyards are strictly by appointment. Consult your tax professional to find out what advantages there are to owning a vineyard— even though wines have been produced there since the late-19th Century, some say that Sonoma and Napa never would have developed vineyards on a large scale without farm tax credits. Check out the full list of the property’s features, both as a home and a vineyard, plus the listing below.

Listing: 2335 W. Wine Country Road, Healdsburg  [Ann Amtower, Wine Country Group]

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