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Cape’s Robertson wine farms offer ‘more bang for your buck’

12 Mar 2017

When you think of the Winelands, the Stellenbosch-Franschhoek-Paarl triangle tends to be top of mind, but the Cape Wine Region in fact stretches almost across the province, with Robertson included in the catchment area.

This Robertson farm is on the market for R17 million.

This is according to Polla van Wyk, Seeff’s licensee for the Robertson area, who says that the region offers an excellent alternative, with stunning properties as fertile as those of Stellenbosch, but at significantly lower prices.

“You get much more bang for your buck here, despite being under two hour’s drive from Cape Town,” she says.

“No wonder then, that the area is beginning to catch the eye of upcountry buyers and also foreign investors, especially Germans. It is not just the wine farms, but the broad selection from fruit farms to horse stud farms and lifestyle farms.”

For the wine farm enthusiast, Van Wyk says the area is a big attraction. It is part of the Route 62 Wine Route - the longest in the country, and ranks amongst the leading wine regions of the world, boasting more than 50 wineries including well-known brands such as Graham Beck Wines, Rooiberg Winery and Van Loveren.

According to South Africa Wine Industry Information & Systems (SAWIS) data for 2015, the region boasted 48 million vines planted and produced 199 000 tonne of grapes.

This well-maintained 625ha fruit and wine farm in Robertson offers a beautifully restored Cape Dutch manor houses, award-winning vineyards and abundant water. It is on the market for R15.9 million - click here to view.

“With the Breede River as a landmark, this very picturesque area has become a popular day-trip and weekend getaway,” says Van Wyk.

“There is now a calendar of year-round festivals, including the very popular Whacky Wine Weekend and Wine on the River, that attracts thousands to the area each year. It is also the starting point of the annual Breede River Canoe Marathon.”

She says it is also a very popular country destination for honeymooners and holidaymakers from across the globe, and many of the farms now have some kind of tourism offering. Farms with cottages and guest facilities along with restaurants and wine tasting are a popular choice for buyers.

Prices start from around R9.9 million for a small wine estate and range to about R17 million for a top winery and guest farm that is currently on the market, says Van Wyk. The estate is situated about 10km from the town at the base of the Kranskop Mountains, with a stunning location and views.

The property is 14.721ha in extent, of which 8ha is arable. 2ha is currently under vine (Sauvignon Blanc) and a further 4ha is planted with Apricots, but is not currently in production. The grape production is managed by the neighbouring farm and there are no labourers on the farm.

This 22.9ha lifestyle farm in Robertson is situated close to the town and has a renovated homestead with country-style kitchen. It is on the market for R5.35 million - click here to view.

“The property boasts superb tourism infrastructure. This includes a winery with a restaurant and conference facilities with a fully-equipped kitchen and bar. The original historic Cape Dutch manor house serves as a four-star guest house with five spacious luxury suites with private patios and a rim-flow swimming pool,” says Van Wyk.

A second building houses a spa and guesthouse, and includes three guest suites and a lounge. The spa has three treatment rooms, showers and a steam bath. There is also a three bedroom manager’s house with a study and swimming pool, along with labourers’ cottages and two earth dams.

“The property and hospitality brand is well established and listed on all local and international marketing and booking sites,” says Van Wyk.

“There are no land claims on the property and, it is well known and very popular and offers an excellent investment option.”

For more information on this farm, email Polla van Wyk.

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