DREAM HOMES

Winery on the water

419A LAKE ROAD, BETHANGA

STORY: KYLIE DULHUNTY     PHOTOGRAPHY: SUPPLIED

If sipping a durif carefully crafted from your very own vineyard, while taking in panoramic views of Lake Hume sounds like a dream come true, then this is the lifestyle property for you.

Set on eight acres of rich, fertile soil, this stunning Bethanga property is nestled on the banks of the majestic lake and offers an architecturally designed homestead and a winery with five acres of grapes that were planted in 1996.

Whether you want to operate a winery in a commercial sense or just as a hobby, this property leaves the choice entirely in your hands, while providing you with the ultimate family home and lifestyle.

No expense has been spared in this home, with floor-to-ceiling glass allowing you to drink in the lake views from the kitchen, living, dining and games rooms, along with the master suite, second bedroom and even the main bathroom.

The home exudes a tranquil and relaxed elegance, with high-end fittings and fixtures in abundance, including Mongolian slate flooring, oak cabinetry, pure wool carpets and stone and timber benchtops 

Whether it’s a quiet night in front of the television, a large dinner party, relaxed barbeque in the courtyard, an evening soiree on the front patio or a private glass of bubbly on the retreat balcony, this home offers it all.

For the past five years the property has been the home of Posh Plonk wines, which is the brainchild of Matt and Karen Daly, with a little help from their nine-year-old daughter, Taylor.

“This has been our piece of paradise and it’s something we will look back on knowing that we were blessed to have such a property in our lives.”

Matt grew up 18 minutes away, in Albury, before spending 17 years in Queensland and Melbourne, so buying the winery was a homecoming as well as a tree change.

“We always had the aspiration of having land on the water,” he says.

“Not so much a winery, but when the opportunity came up, all our dreams really did come true.

“We’ve built a brand we’re really proud of and being in a regional centre like Albury-Wodonga has allowed us to grow exponentially.

“The winery is in such a special location and we’ve been so lucky and so proud to share that with customers from all around Australia. 

“It will be a very sad day when we drive out of that driveway for the last time.” 

The Daly’s will be leaving behind a peaceful existence in a sophisticated homestead designed to make the most of its lakeside position.

Soaring, 20ft vaulted ceilings create a grand impression in the kitchen, living and dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to take in the lake views while you live life.

The gourmet country kitchen is ideal for preparing delectable meals with a Belling oven encased in an exposed brick chimney, granite-topped island bench, hardwood cabinetry and benchtops, plus a walk-in pantry.

This is also a property designed for entertaining, with an undercover alfresco area with sweeping lake views, a sun-drenched paved patio and an English-style courtyard.

You can also enjoy a game of pool in the games room, or entertain friends at the uniquely crafted, plumbed bar, which features a wine barrel base, along with an ambient 300-bottle wine store.

Other features of the homestead include three bedrooms, including a large master suite with lake views and a private balcony, a spacious home office or fourth bedroom and three bathrooms.

The vineyard has 3.5 acres of shiraz grapes and 1.5 acres of durif grapes, while the winery comprises a 110sq m insulated Colorbond shed with a hardstand at the front, as well as a wine storage shed with a 40sq m panel insulated area.

Both buildings are temperature controlled.

Matt says the property has provided a wonderful upbringing for Taylor, who has spent her afternoons and weekends running and riding around the property and playing hide and seek with her friends. 

“This has been our piece of paradise and it’s something we will look back on knowing that we were blessed to have such a property in our lives,” he says.

“It has also been great for Karen who still worked for Virgin Group for 18 months after we moved here. 

“There’s fast internet, a large home office and we are well positioned so that when Karen was off to Melbourne for two or three days a week she could fly there or take the train.

“Now she’s a director for Mars and has been able to operate successfully from home during COVID-19.”

The property also comes with an array of winemaking equipment, including 7500L refrigerated fermentation tank, three 5000L holding tanks, a basket press, a grape crusher, a testing lab, fruit bins, corking machine and a bottle filler.

There’s also spray equipment, a ride-on mower and a side-by-side farm vehicle.

Matt says the winery produces, on average, 3000 to 4000 bottles of wine a year and the new owners could run it as a commercial enterprise or just as a hobby.

“The quality of the wine that is produced is just exceptional,” he says.

“We’ve surrounded ourselves with experts in a great winemaker and a great pruning crew. It’s really not as much work as people think it will be.

“If you want it as a hobby, it’s also ok to miss a harvest or two and maintain the vines in the year you want to harvest.”

It’s that harvest time that Matt says is one of the things he’ll miss the most.

“Family and friends would come over for harvest, we’d pick the fruit for four to five hours in the morning, ship it off to get processed and then have a barbecue and a wine from the year before,” he says.

“It was a real family event.”

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ADDRESS: 419a Lake Road, Bethanga
LAND: 3.24ha
PRICE GUIDE:  Expressions of interest closing 5pm, December 18
AGENCY: Jack Stean, Stean Nicholls 0434 588 664 or 02 6021 5133

MELBOURNE

Travel time is approximately 60 minutes.

419A LAKE ROAD, BETHANGA

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