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August 3, 2007 - InvestProperty Group, LLC recently expanded into Argentina's prized wine region of Mendoza. IPG acquired a 75% interest in Vinas del Golf, a 716-acre wine-estate. This wine-estate also includes a restaurant, lodge and golf course. The cost of the acquisition was US $2,100,000. In addition, IPG is acquiring an additional 1,122-acre adjacent property. This property is being purchased for US $950,000 and consists of vineyards and orchards. These acquisitions bring IPG's flagship property development project, "Algodon Wine Estates", to a total of 1,838 acres.
Scott Mathis, Founder and CEO of InvestProperty Group said, "As the world is experiencing the unique qualities of Mendoza, we are also becoming more excited about the tremendous tourism and property investment opportunities that this beautiful part of Argentina provides. When you experience the expansive and rich culture of Mendoza, you can taste the potential this part of the world has to offer."
San Rafael, home of Vinas del Golf, is the second largest city in Mendoza. This region is quite often referred to as the next Napa Valley. The province is easily accessible by short, nonstop flights from Buenos Aires. There are spectacular views of the Sierra de la Pintada Mountains, making it an increasingly growing tourist destination for foreign and Argentine visitors alike.
The property consists of the following vineyards and orchards with over 1,000 acres available for future development:
|Vinas del Golf||Adjacent Property||Algódon Wine Estates|
|Olive Trees||24||0||24 acres|
|Walnut Trees||9||15||24 acres|
|Plum Trees||88||22||110 acres|
|Apricot Trees||7||0||7 acres|
|Pear Trees||0||30||30 acres|
|Peach Trees||0||8||8 acres|
|Poplar Woods||0||19||19 acres|
|Total Property||716||1,122||1,838 acres|
The combined vineyards contain the following grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Bonarda, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. It should be noted that a significant portion of these vines date back to 1946-1949. The unique gravity winery of Vinas del Golf houses French and American oak barrels, 91,000 bottles of wine and has a tasting room on the first floor.
In addition to the existing lodge, restaurant, golf course and winery of Vinas del Golf, the acquisition of the adjacent property adds 6 houses and 2 agricultural vehicles specifically designed for vineyard use. The property also has full electrical service as well as a defined and registered irrigation system. The uncultivated fertile portion of the land will be used for vineyard and golf course expansion, additional olive trees, as well as the development of additional estate lots for sale.