For $3 million, you could buy 60 bottles of 1951 Penfold Grange – only problem, there’s only 20 left in existence. What you can buy however is Australia’s most impressive wine cellar, unfortunately, you don’t get it filled with wine, nor do you get a stately home attached.
On the plus side, it sits below 21 acres of land that backs on to an extraordinary waterfront with breathtaking views, 20 minutes from Hobart in Tasmania.
Built by a mining company (so you know it was built correctly), the cellar is accessed via a tunnel from either the cliff top or the water’s edge. It is 9 storeys deep, 35 metres from the cliff to water and 100 metres long and has underground power and water.
According to sales agent Kim Morgan from Charlotte Peterswald for Property, “Entry at the top through a heavy security door leads to a curved metal staircase which winds its way down four storeys to the grotto-like main cellar where a 32 seat banquet table is surrounded by wine racks ready to entertain. The rock walls and pigmented white ceilings are lit by discreet fluorescent lighting. Flight after flight of concrete steps lead further down into the cliff to a kayak storage area and a massive weathered doorway and out onto a promenade of untouched rocky foreshore and the water.”
The only structure currently built on the property is a 300 square metre shed of exposed aggregate concrete. It comes complete with shower, toilet and open kitchen area. Nothing fancy here – so i expect the quality of the wine you’re about to serve your mates needs to be extra good! The original owner had grand hopes for the land and was set to build a magnificent home atop. Business took him overseas, and he now needs to sell his dream block of land (and cellar).
Even though you’ll have to build your own spectacular residence, if you ask us – the most important feature of the house is already built! Your new house will be, “metres away from rare soft coral colonies, and where Pacific gulls, wedge-tail eagles and white-bellied sea eagles roam. Rock pools and little bays make it ideal for fishing, diving and snorkelling. Excavations for a proposed residence are near the tunnel entrance at the top of the cliff and when built will enjoy spectacular views across the Derwent estuary to the Iron Pot light and the infamous Storm Bay with Cape Raoul perfectly framed in the background.”
The problem with owning a $3 million cellar – it will probably take $6 million to fill it! Well, that’s if you were inviting The Wine Wankers and our mates over for a boozy night, that is!