The 10 Best Affordable Cities Near Wine Country

Sacramento ranked as No. 1 best affordable city near wine country

Recently Food & Wine Magazine teamed up with the Redfin real estate blog to come up with a list of the 10 best affordable cities near wine country. Naturally, you think of Napa (and BTW, we do offer Napa property management and wine country property management), but guess what? Sacramento ranked #1 in the nation!

First, our friends at Redfin looked at the U.S. cities with the most vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms nearby and then identified which of those are the most affordable. Median sale price and price per square foot of homes determined affordability. The experts at Food & Wine then chose their favorite 10 cities. They even provided their recommendations for wineries, tasting rooms, wines and restaurants to try in each city. According to Redfin and Food & Wine Magazine, “these 10 cities not only have impressive local wine options, but are also a good bang for their buck.”

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I think everyone from the most sophisticated wine connoisseur to the average wine drinker knows about Napa and Sonoma. Napa and Sonoma continue to create and distribute some of the best wines in the world.  Napa is just a short 2 to 2.5 hour drive from Sacramento. What many people might not know is that great wineries can also be found in nearby Amador County, El Dorado County and San Joaquin County. This region is best known for their Zinfandels, which are considered some of the best in California.

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 1. Sacramento, California (Lodi Wine Region)

  • Median Sale Price: $235,000
  • Median Price Per Square Foot: $154
  • Winery to Visit: Michael David Winery. Two brothers whose family has farmed Lodi since the 1850s founded this large, eco-minded winery.
  • Wine to Try: Zinfandel. This grape produces lush wines in the warm climate.
  • Where to Drink: Downtown & Vine. Wines from all over California are on offer at this restaurant-retailer.

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If you are interested in renting a home or investing in the areas referenced in this article please contact Real Property Management Select Sacramento for all of your Sacramento property management needs. But don’t forget, RPM Select does offer wine country property management! Real Property Management Select has offices in Sacramento, Concord, Fairfield, and San Jose.


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