Lake Berryessa Ranch

Napa, California large undeveloped ranch on Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa Ranch represents a truly unique opportunity to own a spectacular undeveloped 4,400-acre property on the east side of Lake Berryessa in Napa County, California, an internationally renowned wine growing region. Located 70 miles northeast of San Francisco and 40 miles west of Sacramento, this magnificent California property offers unobstructed vistas of the lake and surrounding peaks. Currently operating as a cattle ranch, this California ranch for sale has potential uses as agriculture and development.

The ranch is located in the eastern portion of Napa County, an internationally renowned destination for its world-class wineries, vineyards, and amenities. Accessible via a well-maintained gravel road, Lake Berryessa Ranch stretches from a wildlife preserve on the lake’s east shore to ridges bordering state and federal wildlife lands on the property’s eastern boundaries. Magnificent, unobstructed vistas of the lake and surrounding peaks are available from nearly every vantage point on the property.

With over 300 wineries, the Napa Valley is widely considered the top wine-growing region in the United States, attracting a large number of regional, national and international visitors to enjoy numerous world-class restaurants, museums, galleries and other facilities. It is a major weekend destination for regional large cities including San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento and San Jose.

Lake Berryessa is a popular recreation destination for over 1.5 million visitors a year who enjoy sailing, waterskiing, pleasure boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, bird watching, and wildlife observation. The lake, 23 miles long and 3 miles wide with 165 miles of shoreline, is managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. A major renovation plan has commenced to upgrade all resorts and facilities on the west side of the lake which have existed since the lake’s creation in 1957. The 50-year leases previously in existence are expiring, and demolition of old mobile home parks is underway in preparation for construction of a major hotel resort.

Property Description:
The property is located on the east shore of Lake Berryessa which is accessible via a well-maintained gravel road. Along the eastern shoreline, between the road and the water, is the 12-mile long, 2,000-acre Lake Berryessa Wildlife Area, jointly managed by the Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Fish and Game. The gravel road allows public access for almost six miles of the eastern shoreline (the upper portions of the Wildlife Area) and also provides access to the property, as well as to other east side ranches and residences. The property has a 2-mile frontage along the Wildlife Area.

From the well-maintained gravel road, the property is privately accessible by over 30 miles of jeep trails and dirt roads traversing the property’s varied topography — ranging from gently sloping hills along the road to dramatic valleys and peaks in the eastern portions of the property.

Electrical power is provided to the lower region of the property by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). Three existing wells and 11 ponds (currently used to support cattle operations) are also located in the lower sections of the property.

Napa’s combination of Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the region are conducive to growing high quality wine grapes. Several microclimates exist within the area due to various weather and geographical influences. The Napa Valley “Appellation,” with its long-established wineries, is located approximately 20 miles southwest (approximately 45 minutes’ drive) from the north boundary of the Property. Several smaller “boutique” wineries are located in the Pope-Chiles Valley, only 15 to 20 minutes from the property.Operational Considerations:
Much of the property has been in continuous use as an operating cattle ranch since the creation of Lake Berryessa in 1957. Other potential uses include vineyards, orchards, development into ranchettes or resorts, and conservation easements.