Grape op­tions for all buy­ers

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AS THE sea­son changes from sum­mer to au­tumn, a num­ber of the coun­try’s top wine farms are cel­e­brat­ing their har­vest fes­ti­vals, honouring the cen­turies-old tra­di­tion of wine-mak­ing in the Cape. The re­gion’s fer­tile soil and mild Mediter­ranean cli­mate cre­ate the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for pro­duc­ing world-class grapes, so it’s no sur­prise that it al­ready has more than three cen­turies of wine-mak­ing his­tory un­der its belt.

It’s a tra­di­tion that con­tin­ues to at­tract both large-scale farm­ers and bou­tique pro­duc­ers to the in­dus­try, and SA now has more than 100 000ha un­der vines — nearly 20% of them in the Stel­len­bosch area. This iconic in­dus­try has also helped cre­ate some of the most spec­tac­u­lar real es­tate in the area.

“The cost of wine farms can vary enor­mously, de­pend­ing on where they are lo­cated, the size of the farm and scale of the wine­mak­ing op­er­a­tion, and the cal­i­bre of their fa­cil­i­ties,” says Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties’ area man­ager for Stel­len­bosch, Louise Varga. “For ex­am­ple, one might find a largescale farm of 100ha with a state-ofthe-art, high vol­ume cel­lar, on the mar­ket at close to R30m. Yet at the same time a small­hold­ing of un­der 5ha might be sell­ing at close to the same price. It can de­pend on any­thing from the promi­nence of the la­bel to the size of ex­port con­tracts, the qual­ity of wa­ter sup­ply or the cal­i­bre of non wine-re­lated fa­cil­i­ties such as restau­rants, wed­ding venues, guest­house el­e­ments or con­fer­ence rooms.

“There has been such a huge va­ri­ety of de­vel­op­ment in the past decade or two around Stel­len­bosch wine farms that there are now op­tions to suit a whole range of buy­ers, from se­ri­ous com­mer­cial farm­ers to gen­tle­man farm­ers who wish to live the winelands life­style with­out get­ting their hands dirty. What they all have in com­mon is a sim­ply spec­tac­u­lar set­ting, sur­rounded by ver­dant rolling vine­yards, gor­geous moun­tains and his­toric home­steads.”

Among the large-scale wine farms for sale through Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties is a bou­tique win­ery lo­cated 15 min­utes from Stel­len­bosch on the Old Paarl Road. The well-po­si­tioned farm to­tals 49ha, spread across two ti­tles. A well­re­spected la­bel with its own large cel­lar, the farm has about 10ha of es­tab­lished vine­yards and or­chards, in­clud­ing Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Pino­tage and Mer­lot, some dat­ing back to 1997.

In­cluded in the ask­ing price of R23m is about R1,3m in bot­tled wine stock, and a fur­ther R400 000 in bar­rel stock. The farm’s ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a pop­u­lar restau­rant and wed­ding venue, a small con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity cater­ing for up to 16 peo­ple, a deli and renowned art gallery.

Those want­ing some­thing of a smaller size can take their choice from sev­eral pic­turesque small­hold­ings, many of which are pro­duc­ing high qual­ity grapes. Some have fa­cil­i­ties on site to pro­duce their own bou­tique wine stock, while oth­ers con­tract with larger neigh­bour­ing es­tates to pro­duce their wine for them, then brand and mar­ket it them­selves.

Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties has sev­eral wine small­hold­ings for sale, in­clud­ing our fea­ture prop­erty, the 4,4ha Pied­mont, sit­u­ated at the foot of the Helder­berg Moun­tain be­tween Stel­len­bosch and Som­er­set West. In ad­di­tion to its vine­yards, the farm has 50year-old olive trees and a laven­der crop. Its key sell­ing point is its magnificent 800m² homestead with five en-suite bed­rooms.

Also for sale is a wine es­tate oc­cu­py­ing one of the most scenic po­si­tions in the Cape, at the top of the Helshoogte Pass over­look­ing the ma­jes­tic Ban­hoek Val­ley. The 4,5ha farm has 2,5ha un­der Sau­vi­gnon Blanc vines, and is known for the out­stand­ing qual­ity of its grapes — the har­vest used to be sold to award-win­ning neigh­bour Thelema, but the farm now pro­duces its own stand­alone la­bel.

The prop­erty in­cludes a magnificent 850m² Mediter­raneanstyle villa with six en-suite bed­rooms, as well as a num­ber of lux­ury cot­tages ideal for ac­com­mo­dat­ing friends and staff. The farm is on the mar­ket for R38m.

If even a few hectares of grapes seem like too much hard work, there is yet an­other al­ter­na­tive for buy­ers want­ing to live the winelands life­style. Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties’ MD for the Boland and Over­berg re­gions, An­nien Borg, says there are still two small­hold­ings avail­able within the Sla­ley Agri­cul­tural Se­cu­rity Es­tate, which oc­cu­pies 50ha of the 200ha award-win­ning Sla­ley wine farm.

“The own­ers have made just nine small­hold­ings avail­able within the es­tate, clus­tered within their own se­cure perime­ter, but oc­cu­py­ing a gen­er­ous 4,5ha each,” she says. “Own­ers have a 4 000m² full ti­tle foot­print to de­velop their dream home and gar­den, while the rest must re­main part of the work­ing vine­yards and olive groves, with all farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties out­sourced. Buy­ers have full free­hold own­er­ship over the prop­erty and re­ceive a free an­nual quota of Sla­ley wines.” Prices range from R4,85m to R7,8m. Price: R25m Con­tact: Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties Chris Baker 083 407 5024 Of­fice 021 887 1017

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SPEC­TAC­U­LAR: This 4,4ha small­hold­ing named Pied­mont is sit­u­ated at the foot of the Helder­berg Moun­tain be­tween Stel­len­bosch and Som­er­set West. The prop­erty of­fers an 800m homestead with five en-suite bed­rooms and costs R25m.

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