Michigan Winery to Auction Nearly 800 acres

Orchard lands with vineyard potential set for auction in May

by Andrew Adams
The owners of Douglas Valley Farm and Winery will sell 797 acres in 23 tracts ranging from 4 to 124 acres in Manistee, Mich.
Manistee, Mich.—The owners of Douglas Valley Farm and Winery will auction several parcels of agricultural land and home sites totaling 797 acres.

The auction proceeds will give owner and founder Cliff Boomer the capital to focus and build the Douglas Valley wine and hard cider business. The property to be auctioned off includes approximately 675 acres suitable for growing a wide variety of crops including wine grapes and hops, according to a news release. About half of this cropland is currently planted to tart cherries, apples and Christmas trees.

Several of the tracts are located near vineyards established by Boomer and are described as being suitable for Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Riesling. The land is being sold in 23 tracts ranging in size from 4 to 124 acres. The auction takes place May 15 and is being handled by Murray Wise Associates, a Champaign, Ill.-based agricultural real estate marketing and advisory firm and Sheridan Realty & Auction Co.

“We can’t do everything as quickly as we would like, and while we have a significant amount of excellent land for growing fruit, asparagus and other crops, we realize we need to sell some of the land to free up time and capital for planting more grapes and building the winery on the accelerated timetable we’ve chosen,” Boomer said of the auction. “We would love new neighbors interested in growing grapes and other crops that could be utilized in our existing business.”

According to the Wines Vines Analytics database, Douglas Valley produces 1,000 cases of Chardonnay, Riesling and table wine with an average price of $13 per bottle.

The properties are located near the Lake Michigan coast, about 60 miles southwest of Traverse City, Mich., and about 70 miles from the center of the Leelanau Peninsula.

The Murray Wise auction catalog offers details on each tract set for auction. Several already are planted with cherry and apple orchards. One 77-acre tract is planted with 35 acres of tart cherries and includes another 30 acres of land that could be planted. A natural gas well also generates about $100 a month in revenue at the site.

A 25-acre tract is described as “ideally suited” for apples or wine grapes because of its rolling topography that provides views of Lake Michigan.

For more details on the pending auction and properties to be sold visit murraywiseassociates.com.

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