South Africa’s Anthonij Rupert Wines group has purchased the late Graham Beck’s properties in Franschoek, adding more than 175 acres of vines to its land in the area. The deal is part of an effort by Graham Beck Wines management to consolidate its multiple properties. Graham Beck Wines’ Robertson estate, Steenberg Vineyards and Firgrove properties were not included in the sale, and management of those properties will remain unchanged. Neither side would disclose the price of the deal.
Founder Graham Beck died this past July at age 80, and the management of his wine firm decided to focus on fewer properties. Included in the Feb. 21 sale (still subject to regulatory approvals) are more than 1,000 acres of land in Franschoek (including more than 175 acres of vineyards) as well as Graham Beck’s cellars and the La Garonne manor house.
Rupert Wines adds the Graham Beck Franschoek winery and vineyards to an already substantial portfolio of South African vineyards and wineries, including the outstanding L'Ormarins label as well as Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, a Cape winemaking partnership with Bordeaux’s Benjamin Rothschild. Also in the Rupert Wines group are the flagship Anthonij Rupert label; Terra del Capo, a South African label specializing in Italian grape varieties; and Protea, a line of early-drinking varietals.
Both sides say the late Beck, a larger-than-life character, supported the sale to Johann Rupert, owner of Anthonij Rupert Wines, before his passing. “Graham Beck was a friend of over 30 years,” Rupert said in a statement. “We had been neighbors for decades, and he offered us the opportunity to acquire the land adjacent to L’Ormarins some time ago. As a farmer, it is generally accepted that if, during your lifetime, the neighboring farm becomes available, you are very fortunate.”
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