Boutique Wine Estate Start Up Project Looking for Investors

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Country: South Africa South Africa
  • Industry: Agriculture
  • Stage: Start-up
  • Investment size: $10,000,000 / min. $8,000,000
  • Type of investment: Debt

Investment Opportunity

We need investment to purchase a going concern in Robertson, Western Cape. We are looking for a loan investment partnership.

The project is about a boutique wine estate, which is able to export bulk wines of the highest quality, as well as to produce bottled wine for the domestic as well as the foreign market.

Purchasing the estate winery allows us to run it under its current name. We will be able to continue to cultivate crops, and produce award winning wines for export. We will also want to establish a Guest Lodge which will host conferences, Team Building events and guests from abroad. Le Grand Chasseur currently offers jobs and housing to the seventy permanent employees of the farm. The lodge will also create jobs for the construction industry during development, as well as increase not only the number of jobs, but also the variety of jobs which will be available. We will source labour from the unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled markets. This injection of job creation is much needed in rural areas such as Robertson, especially amongst the previously disadvantaged communities (the black labour market).

Over and above the income from the export of bulk wines, our income from conferencing and Team Building events will ensure maximum profits to guarantee that the winery remains a business with a long life span. The operation of the Wine Estate and Lodge will also ensure capital injection for the Robertson area, as our Guests will enjoy the offerings of the immediate surrounding towns (restaurants, art work, night life, hikes, fishing adventures and so much more).

Rationale for the deal

The current owner is a third generation owner, as the farm was originally owned by his grandfather who passed the farm down to his father and then to him, who has been running the wine estate ever since. After all the development which has taken place, the fourth generation, his sons own their own businesses and have no interest in farming, therefore the best option is to sell this magnificent wine estate to someone who is both passionate about wine farming, as well as a having a willingness to learn and has an admirable work ethic.

The winery is on the market for R102 000 000.00 (one hundred and two million rand). We have put in an offer to purchase of R100 000 000.00 (one hundred million), with the condition that we will receive funding for Le Grand Chasseur and that we purchase it as a going concern with the website, all inventory, 10 hectares of land and the buildings. The owner would like us to be able to meet with positive news by 8 August 2012.

We will then need R1 500 000.00 (one million five hundred thousand rand) to develop the property and another R11 936 048.00 (eleven million nine hundred and thirty six thousand and forty-eight rand) for running costs. Therefore the total loan amount will be: R115 436 048.00 (one hundred and fifteen million four hundred and thirty six thousand and forty-eight rand). We will then need a year “holiday” period to develop the lodge and grow business and then commence payment on an annual basis, one payment per year upfront till the total loan repayment has been made.

Use of financing

Finance will be used for purchasing the well established going concern, as well as for working capital.

Opportunity for the investor

We are looking for a loan investment partnership and we would be more than willing to attend a meeting and exhibit a formal presentation with all the details around the deal.

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