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Buying a vineyard is the romantic (semi) retirement, or tree change, plan for plenty of city slickers but the reality is so many celebrated wineries have been in the same hands for generations.
But the chance is out there to make that “vine change” and grab a place to grow some plonk.
From the Hunter to the Barossa and beyond, there is a grand selection of wineries currently on the market.
And your dream of creating your very own drop needn’t break the bank either — some vineyard estates, complete with homestead, have a shelf price of less than an inner city apartment.
Lavinia Dingle, proprietor of Raleigh Wines on the Mid North Coast of NSW, has her beloved vineyard and former three-bedroom home on the market for just under $1 million.
Although the 1.35ha plot is marketed as an ideal semi retirement property, Ms Dingle said the next owner could be as involved in, or relaxed about the business as they see fit.
Under the current set up, Ms Dingle spends between 15 and 20 hours a week tending to the vines depending on the season and employs a cellar door manager for face-to-face sales.
The wine itself is made off site under an ongoing arrangement.
“It wasn’t a part time thing for me, I’ve run the business for 29 years — about 25 of those on my own. At the same time I raised three kids. For me, it was a full time job. However, it’s not considered to be a big business, more of a hobby farm,” she said, adding that she has consistently earned a comfortable salary from the business.
“This is a boutique vineyard so it’s small enough that it could be run by a semi retired couple without too much hassle, but it has plenty of potential to do more,” she added.
Sitting on a quiet stretch of the Bellinger River, the Raleigh Winery is only minutes off the Pacific Hwy and is less than 30 minutes from Coffs Harbour and several beaches.
“It’s a beautiful property and it’s a great lifestyle. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, but I’m now over it. It’s time for me to get out and I’m happy to work with whoever purchases the property to show them the ropes. If they’re sufficiently young enough, and having embraced all the new technology, then they can go from strength to strength,” Ms Dingle said.
If you fancy taking your love of a good drop to the next level, then you’re spoiled for choice, here’s a look at some of the best fine wine establishments on the market around Australia:
Price: on application
Wine is only part of the deal at Pasadera. The 46ha estate has plenty of pastures, ocean views and approximately 5.6ha of vines including Pinot and Chardonnay varieties that date back to the first harvest in 1990. The stately seven-bedroom manor has a pool, cabana with sauna, tennis court, fully self-contained housekeeper’s quarters and additional managers’ residences. Even the equestrian enthusiast has a place to play with a stable complex, multiple day yards and arena.
Price guide: More than $10 million
Krinklewood Vineyard is serious business. A certified biodynamic vineyard on 57ha, Krinklewood produces 14,000 bottles of plonk including varieties such as Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz as well as more unique drops like tempranillo and Gewürztraminer. The whole package includes a colonial style homestead with Provençal garden, tennis court and pool. There is also a manager’s cottage and temporary workers’ accommodation plus additional buildings, sheds, an orchard and olive grove.
Price guide: between $3.3 million and $3.6 million
Gannawarra is a picturesque homestead on 16.5ha with established gardens including eucalypts, lush lawns, oaks, Chinese elms and liquid ambers plus a swimming pool and (of course) a 1.6ha vineyard with established riesling, Gewurztraminer, tempranillo and Petite Syrah varieties. The grand main residence has three bedrooms and multiple living areas as well as a wraparound veranda. On site there is also a two-bedroom manager’s cottage, paddocks and sheds.
Price: on application
There are 2100 mature vines at Barcaldine House as well as a restaurant, cellar door with tasting room, studio apartment and a four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence. Sitting on 15ha less than 10 minutes from the town of Daylesford, the grand estate also has English-inspired gardens, 200 established olive trees, a spring fed dam, irrigation system, several paddocks and even a helipad.
Charleston, South Australia
Price guide: $1,850,000
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