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For $31M, Buy a Centuries-Old Wine Estate in South Africa


On the market in the scenic town of Stellenbosch is Rustenberg, one of South Africa's most well-known wine estates, a property with 526 hillside acres and views like a French Impressionist painting. The $31.1M ask includes ownership of the wine brand, the facility, the vineyard, and, yeah, the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom plantation house that is, in itself, an emblem of this region. The brokerbabble does not mince words: "Opportunities like this are scarce. The position is unbeatable, the infrastructure impressive and the wines are acclaimed." And, well, true: the vineyard is a top producer in South Africa (one of its Cabernets "may be the finest red wine I have tried from South Africa," the famed wine critic Robert Parker once raved) and dates back to 1692, and many of the buildings—including the gable-thatched manor—are original. Though it's recently undergone a 21st-upgrade, the main house boasts original doors, windows, and beamed ceilings. (No interior photos, but that's what the brokerbabble brags.) See the house, plus the rolling acreage, above.

· Acclaimed Wine Estate in the Winelands [Sotheby's International Realty]