16 May 2013
The award-winning Amani Vineyards Estate in Stellenbosch has come onto the market offering an investor the opportunity to become the owner of this boutique winery.
The estate is known for its sustainable production and commitment to high-quality, low-volume farming and is for sale at R42 million.
Dr George Cilliers of Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Real Estate, which has the sole mandate on the property, says there is increased international interest in the Stellenbosch Winelands and their brand's international network makes them uniquely placed to match a global investor with the property.
Amani Vineyards Estate is a small winery with views of Table Mountain, the Cape Point, False Bay and the mountains to the east and north. The 38.65ha property has 32.4ha of vineyard, 67 percent of which is red.
The recently renovated manor house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a study. The kitchen leads into a separate dining room and the lounge is spacious, making it perfect for entertaining.
A private wine cellar off the main house doubles as storage space and the home has a swimming pool. There are also three guesthouses on the property.
The estate’s cellar has been graced by celebrated winemakers including New Zealander Rod Easthope, Danelle van Rensburg and currently, Carmen Stevens.
Amani’s debut range of wines in 1997 won Veritas gold awards for the Fume Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. Other estate wines that have won awards include the Chardonnay 2008, the Cabernet Franc-Merlot 2008, the Kamili Chardonnay-Viognier 2008, and the Forest Myers Shiraz 2008, all of which received medals at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards. Most recently, the Amani Merlot 2010 won a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
The estate follows the tenets of sustainable, biological farming. This means that, among other things, natural fertilisers and herbicides are used wherever possible, and a “constructed wetland” is used to recycle waste water generated by the winemaking process. Glass and packaging are recycled and cover crop is used to minimise soil erosion and lock nutrients into the soil.
“Amani wines are certified EnviroWines, which demonstrates an internationally recognised commitment to protecting the environment,” Dr Cilliers says.
He says they believe the South African wine industry is on its way to becoming a global leader in the sustainable production of wine and the property is ideal for the winemaker who wants to play a part in that. It helps to raise awareness of sustainable farming practice among producers and elevate local wine makers who follow these practices to the forefront of the global market, where eco-conscious production is an increasing priority.
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