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This winemaking couple was priced out of Napa. So they bought a French chateau instead

May 15, 2019

Their story is emblematic of the reality in Napa Valley today. Land prices, especially for vineyards, are sky-high and showing no signs of dipping. Even modest parcels these days can start at $7 million. What that means is that wine-industry professionals like Lucz, 55, and Lawrence, 58, are increasingly disenfranchised from property ownership in Napa - leaving this precious valley, and the heart of the American wine industry, to be divvied up among corporations and titans of the 1 percent