Rare Taste of Tassie in a Fine Bottle Sep07

Rare Taste of Tassie in a Fine Bottle...

Source: Tasmanian Country, September 7, 2012.  A celebrated piece of Tasmanian vineyard and colonial history in one of the ‘World’s most exciting new terroirs’ is on the market. East Coast Tasmanian wine-making was born at Cranbrook’s picturesque, sun-soaked Craigie Knowe property, and its sale represents a rare opportunity to acquire some of Tasmania’s most mature and celebrated vines, in an industry that is flourishing. The 13 acre property also includes a circa 1842 sandstone and bluestone homestead that has been fully restored and converted into a luxury boutique lodge. Craigie Knowe was one of several properties farmed by the pioneering Amos family, who accumulated significant holdings in the Cranbrook area. The homestead was built by James Amos (1804-1864), and it sits on the highest point of the Swan valley floor, on a craggy knoll that in Gaelic was termed Craigie Knowe. In 1979, dentist John Austwick chose Craigie Knowe for his first vine plantings because of its rich volcanic soils and the area’s long hot summer days. He wanted to produce his favourite Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignons. Austwick’s sheep-farmer neighbours thought he was mad, but over the last three decades, Craigie Knowe’s wine has become highly acclaimed – recognized as Tasmania’s first great Cabernet Sauvignon but also celebrated for its Pinot Noir and Riesling. Read full...

Celebrated vineyard goes on the market Sep06

Celebrated vineyard goes on the market...

Sources: Tasmanian Times, 03.09.12 A celebrated piece of Tasmanian vineyard and colonial history in one of the ‘World’s most exciting new terroirs’ is on the market. East Coast Tasmanian wine-making was born at Cranbrook’s picturesque, sun-soaked Craigie Knowe property, and its sale represents a rare opportunity to acquire some of Tasmania’s most mature and celebrated vines, in an industry that is flourishing. The 13 acre property also includes a circa 1842 sandstone and bluestone homestead that has been fully restored and converted into a luxury boutique lodge. Craigie Knowe was one of several properties farmed by the pioneering Amos family, who accumulated significant holdings in the Cranbrook area. The homestead was built by James Amos (1804-1864), and it sits on the highest point of the Swan valley floor, on a craggy knoll that in Gaelic was termed Craigie Knowe. In 1979, dentist John Austwick chose Craigie Knowe for his first vine plantings because of its rich volcanic soils and the area’s long hot summer days. He wanted to produce his favourite Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignons. Austwick’s sheep-farmer neighbours thought he was mad, but over the last three decades, Craigie Knowe’s wine has become highly acclaimed – recognized as Tasmania’s first great Cabernet Sauvignon but also celebrated for its Pinot Noir and Riesling. Read full...

Otago Whiskies Named World’s Best Sep06

Otago Whiskies Named World’s Best...

Source: Otago Daily Times, 6 Sep 2012 Two brands of whisky matured at the towering seaside bond store in Oamaru have been named as the “world’s best” at the Mid-West Whisky Olympics in Michigan. Competing against some of the best known brand-names from Scotland, Ireland and the United States, the 10-year-old Dunedin DoubleWood blended whisky and the 21-year-old South Island Single Malt whisky, both manufactured at the now defunct Willowbank distillery in Dunedin, were named the world’s best blended and single malt whisky, respectively. Read full...