Tycoon Andrew Tan inspects the various grape varieties in the Finca Constancia Vineyard in Toledo, Spain with the Estate’s Chief Winemaker, Beatriz Paniagua.
Can a tycoon ever meld his twin passions for landmark real estate developments and fine wine?
Apparently, yes, if one inspects the newest venture of Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI) chair Andrew Tan. Twin Lakes, featuring more than 1,100 hectares of land, is the first master-planned integrated tourism estate in Tagaytay City and the country’s first and only vineyard resort community.
This new project expertly combines what could be his two most fervent passions: developing prime township projects through Megaworld Corp. and Global-Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI) and liquor manufacture through Emperador Distillers Inc. (EDI), which markets popular brands Emperador Brandy and The Bar. All three companies are subsidiaries of his holding firm, AGI.
The tycoon is known to devote a lot of time meticulously planning for his new township projects. And that is exactly what he did for Twin Lakes, including going on a recent trip to Toledo, Spain, to immerse himself on the country’s storied wine making tradition. This, of course, is seen as a crucial move to kick off the vineyard activities in Twin Lakes.
“My trip to Finca Constancia near Madrid, which has been nurtured by five generations of the same family, has given me renewed fervor that the cool climes of Tagaytay will be able to host the country’s first world-class vineyard and wine cellar. With Twin Lakes’ huge expanse, we will be able to create a township that promises tourists a fascinating experience and entice retirees as well to spend their golden years here,” Tan vowed.
The Vineyard, the new tourism estate’s premier community, will finally bring Europe’s revered winemaking traditions to the Philippines. It will host a hotel and spa, residential condominiums and a traditional wine chateau for aging the vintage produce-all with views of the vineyard and a man-made lake. At the edge of this property bordering the main Tagaytay road will rise a shopping village. Two other commercial centers are planned, one at the heart of the property and one near the shore of Taal Lake at the other end of the estate.
Other portions of this 15-part estate include three residential subdivisions: Domaine Le Montagne, Le Soleil and Le Jardin. A retirement community, wellness center, university park and subdivision with farm lots are also planned.