On Friday the 13th (of September, 2013), I attended my first live land auction with my vineyard real estate agent (Jodi). An opening bid, and 2 more, later, I walked away somewhat poorer in the bank account but with a contract for 16+ acres of prime vineyard land in the middle of wine country near DC (Route 9, Hillsboro/Purcellville, Loudoun County, VA). Finally, after about 3 years of searching, I’ve acquired land with settlement a short 43 days away. I’m planning timber sales, land clearing, and land use tax management as I write this. Heady times and now the real work begins.