Vineyard Uses

Owning a vineyard may seem like a dream and a chance to escape the daily 9 to 5 routine, but of course it can be hard work, with the quality of your wines often being dependent on the weather.

What Is a Vineyard?

A vineyard is a plantation of vines, grown specifically to make wine, and they can range in size from a few square metres, to the huge San Bernabe vineyard in California, which covers 11,000 square acres. Wine has been made since Roman times and the idea of the vineyard has been popular ever since; the world's oldest is thought to be a 1,000 year old winery in the Rheingau region of Germany. Many people think of France and Italy when they think of wine production, although you can visit wineries in such relatively unknown wine producing destinations as Kenya, India and Sweden. If you like the idea of getting married somewhere just a little bit different, many vineyards can host your wedding, and there are also plenty of woodland wedding venues to choose from.

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Getting Married In a Vineyard

A vineyard makes the ideal picturesque, romantic and unusual setting for any wedding, and on a more practical level, most offer indoor and outdoor space, and of course the opportunity to enjoy some of the wines. Many wineries have their own accommodation on site, or a good selection within easy reach. And for couples wanting to get married somewhere exotic, often called a destination wedding, tying the knot in New Zealand, the Loire Valley or California's Napa Valley can be the ideal choice. Many vineyards have also discovered the benefits of hosting other events to attract visitors and promote their wines - apart from wine tastings, lectures on wine and a tour of the wine making process, you can often enjoy concerts, Christmas markets, craft shows, cooking demonstrations and much more.

Owning a Vineyard

Owning and running your own vineyard is not something to be taken lightly, although the experience can be challenging and satisfying. If the idea appeals to you, you can either buy and take over an existing one or establish your own, although you will need to invest in all the wine making equipment that comes with it. Perhaps the biggest appeal of owning your very own vineyard is the chance to work for yourself and be your own boss, making your own decisions that can potentially affect your wine. Many owners of small vineyards look upon the entire process as something of a challenge - trying to produce a great wine every year, regardless of the weather or other factors potentially affecting it. And if you enjoy drinking wine and are fascinated with the way it's made, owning a vineyard or at least working in one can be irresistible. And although there are vineyards in the UK, the chance to own one in California, the Bordeaux region of France, or on the other side of the world in New Zealand is a big part of the appeal.