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.

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