Vintage Picks: Dark Horse in the Hunter Valley

Owning a vineyard may be the ultimate for wine lovers but an impressive cellar for your wine collection comes a close second

Dark Horse, an equestrian-inspired vineyard with a luxe cellar door and a well-regarded wine brand, has been listed for sale at Lovedale.

The 25-acred Hunter Valley, NSW, wine country offering is an award-winning boutique vineyard with around 7.5 acres under vine with semillon and chardonnay, first planted in the 1960s.  The wines are small batch and hand-picked.

The low-yielding and high-quality grapes produce around 1300 bottles of wine a year, being sold on a walk-in walk-out basis by Cain Beckett at Jurds.  An American-style barn — the Dark Horse cellar door — sits behind the estate’s Wilderness Road sandstone gates and post and rail fencing.

James Halliday included the property in 2011 as one of his top 10 “dark-horse wineries” under its previous name, Noonji Estate, when it was owned by Drew Gibson.

The current vendors, Martin and Olivia Pukanic, combined their love for wine and horses after buying the property in 2014.  They had plans for barn-style accommodation featuring private pools.

The price guidance is $1.5 million to $1.6 million.

There are tax advantages to owning a winery, with recent changes likely to give smaller local operators a competitive boost against larger wine producers.

And for those who don’t want to buy a cellar door, having your own wine cellar, bar and storage is the next best thing.

Last year the total vineyard area in Australia was tallied at more than 135,000ha.  Shiraz made up 30 per cent, while chardonnay was the largest white variety, with 16 per cent.

The total winegrape crush amounted to 1.8 million tonnes, of which South Australian regions accounted for just over half.  From this, winemakers produced 1.3 billion litres of wine.  There were 2468 wineries and 6251 grapegrowers, official records show.

Hence the growing importance of cellars in houses and apartment blocks in past decades.

In Brisbane, a riverfront home built in 2002 on Riverview Place at Yeronga comes with an impressive wine cellar.  The ground-floor space holds more than 960 bottles in a humidity-and temperature-controlled environment.  The cellar is part of the lower-level open-plan living and entertaining area, which opens to expansive terraces with views across the river to the greens on Indooroopilly Golf Course.

The noteworthy home, which spans nearly 600sqm of living space, appeared in Architectural Digest’s feature on houses that blur the line between indoors and out.  It sits behind a timber portico and huge double cedar, rosewood and ebony entrance door.  Dixon Family Toowong agents Patrick and Jack Dixon are marketing the property.

In the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Paddington, a bespoke home comes with its own climate-controlled wine cellar finished with Whistler Basalt stone imported from Canada.

It is serviced by its own bar on the entertaining level, which sits beside a private rear deck with a built-in Primo ceramic smoker grill and barbecue.

Featuring extensive use of recycled West Australian Karri timber, the three-level home complete with elevator has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Ben Wakely and Clinton Moore at Urban Property Agents Paddington are marketing the property.

SOURCE: Mansion Australia
POSTED: November 2017
AUTHOR: Joel Robinson

@Jurds Real Estate – Cessnock and Hunter Valley Wine Country Property Experts – the place to buy, sell and lease property in Cessnock and the Hunter Region.




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