Grape options for all buyers
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
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.