By Toni Williams
Charlie and Esma Hill have put their Mid Canterbury boutique vineyard CharRees on the market.
It’s a reluctant sale, fast-tracked due to Mr Hill’s ongoing health issues. He has been advised to slow down and stop heavy lifting work.
“We don’t really want to sell, it’s just starting to reap the rewards of our efforts, but my health has just dropped. I’m not 100 per cent,” he said.
The couple, both 67, will reopen their cellar door from today and are hopeful people will buy some of their award-winning wines over the next few weeks.
The residential lifestyle property spans 9.5 hectares on Laings Road, on the outskirts of Tinwald.
It was established in 1999 with 3500 pinot noir and 4000 pinot gris vines, followed by 1800 riesling in 2008.
Mr Hill said the vineyard was initially put on the market 10 days before Covid-19 lockdown but subsequently put on hold over the lockdown period.
It comes with two houses; a four-bedroom family home and a second three or four- bedroom dwelling/function area, as well as service buildings, three and four bay pole sheds and a six loose box stable/storage shed.
Realtor Paul Cunneen, of Property Brokers, said the Hills’ passion for the property was evident, as well as their reluctance to sell.
But there was further economic potential in the site for new owners with a consent for functions and events, and another four hectares of land available to upscale production or for development.
Both parties were hopeful for plenty of interest and a chance to open a bottle or two in celebration of a completed deal.