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Wine Spectator: Ernie Els Wines Co-Owner Buys Historic South African Winery Stellenzicht

May 24, 2017

The co-owner of Ernie Els Wines is expanding his Stellenbosch presence, buying the neighboring Stellenzicht winery. Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein, who has been majority shareholder in Ernie Els wines since 2015, has purchased the farm and winery from Lusan Holdings.

According to Els executives, the deal is part of a strategy to secure more of their own fruit. The 550-acre property in the Helderberg region, with 250 acres currently planted, is one of the largest in the region and significantly larger than Ernie Els Wines’ 178 acres. A large portion of the farm is well-suited to Rhône varieties, specifically Syrah. The purchase price was not disclosed, but industry sources say Stellenzicht was listed for $9.84 million. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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