Vineyard manager Brian White and California Outdoor Properties owner/ broker Todd Cole Ranch in Mendocino County.

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Unique Opportunity For Would-Be Winemakers In Mendocino County

Jeffrey Schaub
February 22, 2019 - 10:36 am

UKIAH — You could own an entire wine-growing region here in Mendocino County for $3.3 million. 

Cole Ranch near Ukiah is the country's smallest appellation and its 55 acres of vineyards are up for sale. 

The entire property is 150 acres and like Napa's Rutherford Valley or Stags Leap, Cole Ranch is recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA).

The vineyards are planted with Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon vines and surrounded by gently rolling hills.

"Whoever owns this is going to have their own winery," said broker-Todd Renfrew, as he drove a truck around the property, pointing out the sights. "There are these private little valleys where the vineyard sits, and you have this nice big knoll up here where you could build a home." 

For $3.3 million you could own an entire wine-making region in Mendocino County. Cole Ranch, which is the country’s smallest appellation, is up for sale by its current owner. Reporter Jeffrey Schaub toured the 150-acre property. Hear his report on

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It may not be on the market for long. There's been a lot of interest from prospective buyers, according to Renfrew.

"This is the smallest appellation in the United States. And it's the only one that is entirely owned by one person," he said. "I think the best part about this place is that it's unique."

It's a rare opportunity, in the broker's view. "You could come into this, have your appellation, have your own wine, and put your own mark on the industry," Renfrew said. 

Written by Diana Shook.