DARLING: Designated lifestyle providing unblemished healthy lifestyle and farming income
This idyllic, exceptional, 250-hectare pristine lifestyle enterprise is situated within the greater West Coast region. Darling is a small, vibrant town that is easily reached via either the R27 West Coast Route or the N7 Swartland Route.
If you are looking for a wonderfully unique destination, that offers a healthy lifestyle with exquisite panoramic views of hills, valleys, and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a continuous steady income – this would be it!
This uniquely beautiful farm is reached by a mere 60-minute enjoyable drive from Cape Town, via a truly scenic area through rolling hills and lush farmland. The farming enterprise offers not only spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and hilly surroundings, but also an extraordinary terroir that stabilises temperatures at an annual average of 19.4 C and eliminates climate extremes. The altitude varies from 120 metre to 200 metre above sea level.
Vines vary greatly in the soil type, climate and topography that they require. No single soil type is suitable for producing all wine cultivars. Distinctive wines start with the quality of grapes sourced from vines that thrive in carefully selected geographical areas. Here, in the deep-red, decomposed granite soil, with its excellent water holding capacity, individual varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz flourish on the south-facing slopes. This has resulted in wines of this farming enterprise annually being awarded with a 5-star Platter rating.
The beautiful, well-maintained and masterfully planned south- and east facing 23-hectare vineyards, enjoy a maritime climate strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, just 6 kms to the West. The current plantings are high quality, consisting of 14 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 9 hectares of Shiraz.
Although the area is renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc, the range of red wines also benefit from the sloped hills and cool sea breeze floating over the farm, from the cold Benguela current. The first quality wine to have been exported from the Darling area, originated at this farm.
The current owner is prepared to lease the existing vineyards from the new owner, and to continue managing the wine enterprise for his own lable.
An additional 60-hectare area has been identified for developing some more high-quality vineyards, and another 30 hectares of the acreage could be developed for olive trees. The balance is quite suitable for producing wheat or grazing for cattle and/or sheep. A number of farmers would be prepared to lease the wheat and grazing areas.
There is no accommodation infrastructure, accept a dilapidated shepherds’ cottage.
This farm offers much by way of scenic beauty. With its proximity to Cape Town and the West Coast, it is an ideal location for a modern, sophisticated home, that lends itself to weekends away with family. A master architect could design a home that would enhance the spectacular views, emphasize entertainment and blend in with the surrounding environment of vineyards and Rhinoceros veldt.
Hydrogeologists were commissioned to identify underground water potential. Two sites were identified, and their report is available on request.
This property offers an easy-going life-style with the potential benefit of an ongoing source of income from leasing the vineyards and developed land to other farmers. It is set in a secure, tranquil and unencumbered environment, where one can breathe pure air from the sea all year round, and in spring enjoy the spectacular displays of wildflowers that bloom up and down the region.
The farming enterprise is privately owned and there is one title deed.
It is for sale at R10,5 million. The seller is a VAT vendor.