470 First Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476
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Russian River Valley (AVA) Winery & Vineyards

Excellent established location near other well-known wineries...

Modern production and barrel storage facilities...

Including Winery Equipment...

Production permit expansion possible...

Public Tasting Room permitted for daily tasting...

Pinot Noir vineyards.


Sonoma Coast AVA:  Prestigious Vineyard Land


101 Plantable Acres
Adjacent to World-Renowned "Gap's Crown Vineyard!"
Gentle Slopes; Cleared Land; Soils report available.
900' - 1000' Elevation.

Champlin Ranch, Sonoma Carneros Vineyard


110 Sub-dividable Acres
60 Acres suitable for Vineyards.

Price $1,995,000


Northern Sonoma Coast Vineyard Land


Price Reduced!

20-acres Prime Sonoma Coast Vineyard Land.


TCP Approved/Cleared Goldridge Soils.

True Sonoma Coast.

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Large Production Farming Parcel in the Up & Coming Petaluma Gap:  Future Development Potential

This property is about growing grapes, lots of quality wine grapes, in the developing Petaluma Gap. And someday, when Petaluma urban development makes its next push further south, it could be a very lucrative thing subdividing these 128 acres. That big day may take a few years or more to get here, but it will surely come at some point.

In the meantime, however long that all takes, a profitable grape growing operation is possible here. GIS maps indicate about 116 virtually level, plantable acres. Type II soils should make this an excellent, high-yielding, production growing site…Sauvignon Blanc?…cool climate Syrah?…Chardonnay for sure…maybe some Pinot Noir. There are certainly numerous outstanding Pinots made in this up and coming area.

Water should be available from the treated water available from the Petaluma Sanitation District, or, you can drill a well. A small portion of this property is in fact located in a Major Groundwater Basin (Zone 1), with the main part of the parcel in a Marginal Groundwater Availability Area (Zone 3). In talking with one Petaluma (reputable) well drilling expert, I am told that while you may have to go down 700 feet or more to get it, plentiful groundwater should be there.  

This property is zoned LEA which is appropriate for agricultural processing which includes winery, dairy processing, or other types of commercial ag uses. It can also be divided into two parcels under the existing zoning guidelines.

I look forward to talking with you about the possibilities.

Michael Crain  707-938-9899

Have you been searching the Sonoma Carneros for an ideal winery site on or near a main highway? Maybe near other known wineries. If so, then have a look at this:

22097 Bonness Road is a 50,000 case permitted winery site complete with public tours and tasting, special events and approved plans for over 31,000 sf of winery production space, barrel storage, public tasting and hospitality. Neighbors include Robledo and Schug. Oh, did I also mention the 13.5 acres of new planted, high-density Pinot Noir (5.5 acres) 20 year old Chardonnay (7.5 acres)… or the 2,276 sf partially remodeled home with secluded and enclosed residential compound, pool, and lush gardens? A few pictures are worth more than a thousand of my words....

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The seller is flexible and would be open to reasonable partnership options, leasing the house or vines, if the buyer/partner is a reasonable sort of person. You want to call me on this one to go see it as there are large dogs…really, very large ones at that! They are  friendly, but can be say the least.

Call me.  I would be happy to show you around. 

Michael Crain  707-938-9899


If 35-acres of world class, Russian River Valley Appellation (AVA) Pinot Noir vineyard land is what you are looking for, then read on.

We have taken the mystery out of this site with information on soils from Dr. Paul Anamosa, PhD and a Climate Study from Mark Greenspan. This property is adjacent to Kendall Jackson’s Bloomfield Ranch, where they just substantially expanded their existing vineyard planted to Pinot Noir. They must like what they are seeing in that 4-year old vineyard.

The “Sebastopol Hills” area was once thought too cool for vineyards and was considered to be on the very edge of the climatic envelope. But as vintners have more recently understood, growing Pinot in cooler areas facilitates slower sugar development, allows more time for flavor to develop. The result is fully expressed flavors at lower alcohol levels.

This site is slightly warmer (degree days) than many of those very cool coastal vineyards growing top-rated Pinot Noir such as certain Freestone area vineyards and other well-known vineyards, even further west.

Slopes average 16%; Mapped as Steinbeck Sandy Loam Soils and the asking price includes a new well; AVA is Russian River Valley & Sonoma Coast; Zoning allows wineries.  The existing home is antiquated. With an asking price of just under $50,000 per acre ($49,875 per acre) and no residential improvement cost, we think this listing represents the best Pinot Land deal in the Russian River Valley Appellation.

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I look forward to your call.

Michael Crain 707-938-9899