Alexander Hall worked as an investment banker, until a sabbatical on his stepfather’s vineyards prompted a move to Bordeaux. He set up Vineyard Intelligence to offer both on and off market property search in France, as well as audit, evaluation and negotiation services, and post-acquisition advice.
Client reasons for wanting a vineyard range from pleasure to business. Hall describes it as a ‘hyper-niche’ investment, and warns that it’s not simple.
‘There are fantastic lifestyle elements associated with owning and running a vineyard,’ he says. ‘But the bottom line is to do it as a business, and look at the things like production costs.’