Cliff knocks £2.5m off vine­yard price*

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CLIFF Richard has cut £2.5mil­lion off the price of the Por­tuguese bolt­hole he es­caped to dur­ing his child sex abuse probe or­deal.

Sir Cliff, 76, plonked the award­win­ning vine­yard in Al­bufeira, Al­garve, up for sale for £8mil­lion last year.

Now he has slashed the price to £5.5mil­lion to try to en­tice a buyer.

A source said: “He loves Por­tu­gal but he wants a quick sale.”

Sir Cliff has added: “It is time to slow down the tread­mill and hand over the dream to some­one who can ded­i­cate more time to this won­der­ful ven­ture than we can.”

For sale are two prop­er­ties, Quinta do Mi­radouro and neigh­bour­ing win­ery Adega do Can­tor “the singer’s win­ery”.

There are a to­tal of seven bed­rooms and six bath­rooms, plus a ten­nis court and swim­ming pool. The 60,000 square me­tre vine­yard has for 15 years pro­duced Sir Cliff’s wine, in­clud­ing his award-win­ning Vida and Onda Nova.

Sir Cliff headed for the win­ery af­ter he was first in­ter­viewed by po­lice in 2014 fol­low­ing a man’s al­le­ga­tions he was groped when a child at a Chris­tian rally in 1985.

Af­ter an ag­o­nis­ing two-year wait, Sir Cliff was told last June that he would not face charges and South York­shire Po­lice’s case was dropped. He is su­ing the BBC af­ter claim­ing they struck a deal with po­lice to broad­cast a raid on his man­sion in Sun­ning­dale, Berk­shire, in 2014.

He said that the swoop had “de­filed” the home and he put it up for sale for £3.5mil­lion. He sold it last sum­mer for £2.9mil­lion.

Sir Cliff is now at his place in Bar­ba­dos, where it is thought he will spend much of his time. A source said: “He loves the vine­yard but feels it’s time to hand over the reins to some­body else.”

Af­ter putting it up for sale last year, Sir Cliff said: “Cre­at­ing and es­tab­lish­ing the win­ery has been a truly ex­hil­a­rat­ing and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It has been hard work but we are im­mensely proud of what has been achieved here.”

He is set to sign boxes of his wines at the prop­erty in May. The sign­ings and tours of the es­tate are pop­u­lar with fans world­wide.

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