The Hunter Valley is once again featuring in national property news after a winery in Pokolbin was listed for sale this month with a price tag of $16 million.
Owned and operated by the Bradley family for the past 20 years, Calais Estate on Palmers Lane has been a staple in the region, attracting crowds to its winery for long lunches, gourmet picnics, weddings and events.
But, the family has decided it’s time to move on, selling its 110-acre property as “a unique blend of financial opportunity, redevelopment, and lifestyle benefits”.
The property boasts $4.365m in revenue, wine stock-on-shelf valued at over $5.3m, and a development opportunity to produce 18 or more lifestyle dual key residences for short term accommodation or long-term investment.
The address also promotes sustainable off-grid living, offering access to fresh water sources, bioseptic systems, and an extensive solar infrastructure.
The property has been listed with DiJones for four months and is attracting a broad range of interest from Australian-based buyers, both within the Hunter Valley region and further afield in Sydney, as well as interstate and internationally as well.
Calais Estate is to be sold as a complete package, including businesses, employees, vineyards, grapes on vine, fences, dams, buildings, vehicles, production facilities, restaurant facilities and utilities, liquor license, business names, websites and domain names, social media platforms, trademarks, intellectual property, and forward event bookings.
The sale offers a rare investment in Australia’s oldest wine region.
It follows the purchase of another property on Palmers Lane, Peacock Hill, in October 2023.
The 8.09-hectare (20 acre) site featuring vines planted in 1968, two homes, a cellar door and an onsite cellar was sold for $3,600,000.
It was the first time in 25 years the address had changed hands.
Less than two months earlier in August 2023, Mistletoe Estate, located at 771 Hermitage Road, sold for $4 million and featured 7.28 hectares (19.5 acres) of park like country and five hectares (12.5 acres) of boutique vineyard, a winery, cellar door, and homestead.
In October 2022 Former Optus CEO Chris Anderson sold his Pokolbin homestead and winery Gabriel’s Paddocks to a Sydney-based hospitality and events group for $4.2 million.
The 32.5-hectare property on Deaseys Road included a seven-bedroom homestead, a cellar door, operational winery and a 2.25ha vineyard.
There are currently a dozen lifestyle properties featuring acreage and vineyards for sale in the Hunter Valley, three with a price tag over $5 million.
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