WANDIN VALLEY, the Hunter Valley winery named after a fictional village in the 1980s hit TV series A Country Practice, has been listed for sale.
Wandin Valley Estate in Lovedale.
It last sold for $7 million less than two years ago when bought by a director of one of China’s largest animation studios, Lap Tung Tsoi.
The 40ha Lovedale property was originally known as Millstone Vineyard, and was renamed Wandin Valley by the creator of the highly popular TV series A Country Practice, James Davern and his wife Philippa, following their purchase in 1990 for $900,000.
Aerial view of the iconic Wandin Valley Estate winery.
The Davern’s redeveloped the property into a winery, building the cricket pavilion-style main residence, manager’s cottage, modern cellar, function rooms for weddings, plus adding tourist accommodation.
It was sold in 2010 for $4.75 million to Mosman couple Katrina and Russell Leslie, who once worked as a Macquarie investment banker.
The estate’s wine history dates back to 1973 when potter-winemaker Peter Dobinson planted a vineyard, calling it Millstone.
“It is Australian country, blending with southern European architecture, nestled among 35-year-old vines and olive groves, creating an inspiring setting that ensures customer visitation,” Jurd’s listing agent Cain Beckett said.
Tsoi is a director in his family’s international animation and toy manufacturing empire Alpha Group, which was founded by his billionaire brother, Cai Dongqing, a co-producer of China’s all-time highest box office grossing movie The Mermaid.
Tsoi owns an $11.7 million mansion in Vaucluse.
POSTED: February 25, 2018
AUTHOR: Jonathan Chancellor
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