Property of the week: Venui Vanilla Farm


venuiOrganic produce from Vanuatu has increased its profile in the last few years and in many ways a business tucked away in South Santo has lead the way. Venui Vanilla or should we say, its founder, Piero Bianchessi, is the pioneer. Through diligence and hard work he has raised the game for growers of Vanilla, pepper and a variety of spices and anyone who has sampled his range can attest to its superior quality. There is nothing like a crème brulee with one of Venui’s vanilla pods and his chilli powder will “rock your socks” – be warned, a little goes a long way! Piero has trained many local farmers on agricultural techniques to grow these crops and has New Zealand Biogrow organic certification which has seen the products become more and more popular in the domestic market as well as several export ones. The factory is located on the Venui farm beside a sheltered bay, the homestead perches on the embankment above, with majestic views of South Santo’s waters and islands. Significant quantities of produce are grown on his farm and complemented with produce from other farmers. The factory itself is well equipped with quality machinery and trained staff so that the products comply with stringent import rules for other countries. Piero has now decided it’s retirement time and he is ready to pass on his legacy. This creates a unique opportunity for someone seeking a truly innovative business in Vanuatu, someone who will build on the excellent foundation that has been created at Venui and take the business to the next level. The business is for sale as a full going concern along with the farm, which has three houses in total – all with their own private location, amazing views out to sea, private walkways to the water and fabulous snorkelling as well. With their beautiful locations, two could be rented for holiday accommodation and there are other superb building sites where more could be added thus providing another exciting dimension to the business. The farm is 94 hectares with fertile soils and a crystal clear river flowing along one boundary. Water is never an issue. There is ample ground to grow more crops as demand increases. Contented cattle graze the improved pastures that are not required for crops and the traditional coconuts also add to the income. Good established businesses rarely come on the market in Santo and with this one the beautiful coastal property is a bonus. Marketed exclusively by First National Santo – call now for details. Warren Moore, ph 37551, mob 7743282, email [email protected].