Historic wine farm on the market

ONE of the oldest working wine farms in the Tulbagh Valley, the 300-year-old Oudekloof Farm has come onto the market, priced at R10.9-million.

Located about 7km from the town, the farm is nestled high up against the Obiqua Mountains with stunning views over the valley below.

It is 331ha in extent and includes 100ha of arable land, 19ha of which is under vines and includes cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, chenin blanc and chardonnay, Tulbagh agent Nelia Retief says.

The beautiful, spacious Cape Dutch Manor house dates back to the 1800s.

The farm’s unique history dates to the settlement of the valley more than 350 years ago when Jan van Riebeeck sought to find a pass over the Obiqua Mountains to enable cattle trade with the Khoikhoi herdsmen on the other side.

Wagons soon followed as the first settlers headed to this beautiful, verdant valley to plant crops and raise their families. One such family set up home at Oudekloof Farm, growing grapes, lemons and apples among the fynbos and wild orchids.

The farm has been cultivated for nearly 300 years and the ancient wagon route is still visible here, says Retief. Its grapes have won numerous awards in the last few years, including the prestigious Michelangelo Gold Award in 2009.

The old manor house, while renovated, remains true to the original Cape Dutch farmhouse.

Perched high up on the mountainside, it has beautiful gables, a thatched roof, a typical wrap-around veranda, wooden sash windows, architraves and doors throughout. There is an outdoor braai area and swimming pool in the garden. It includes five bedrooms; four of which have en-suite bathrooms. The living areas includes a lounge and dining room with fireplaces and a large kitchen. There is also a separate cottage with a main bedroom suite and second bedroom along with a lounge and art studio.

A separate manager’s house includes three bedrooms and a study. Outbuildings include garages, storage sheds and five labourer’s cottages. The abundance of water sources includes a fountain, run off water from the mountain and four boreholes as well as a storage dam.

Three-phase electricity is supplied by Eskom. The natural vegetation includes many rare and endangered indigenous fynbos species and abundant proteas, including the magnificent king protea (South Africa’s national flower).

The bird life is also prolific, making the farm an ornithologist’s dream. The homestead is surrounded by beautiful gardens with flowering lavender and irises. Aside from grape cultivation, the land is suitable to winter crops, olives and livestock such as cattle and sheep as well as horses.

It is being sold as a running concern and the price includes various farming implements, two tractors and two farm bakkies.

The main house is run as a guest house with an annual turnover of around R250000. Vine production for the past year amounted to around 80 to 90 tons with an average income of about R153000.

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