Cole Ranch is the smallest American appellation. Situated a two-hour drive north of San Francisco, the appellation extends to 150 acres, with 50 of them planted with Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Riesling vines.
“The best thing about this property is, the water’s right,” says listing agent Todd Renfrew of California Outdoor Properties. “They have exclusive rights to the water in a neighboring reservoir,” he told the San Francisco Gate.
Ohio native John Cole planted the first vines on the land in the 1970s, and in 1983, Cole Ranch was officially designated an American Viticultural Area. The property has since had two other owners, and now it’s on the market for $3.3 million.