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Bird in Hand winery announces Tasmania project

Adelaide Hills winery Bird in Hand has acquired a stretch of coastal land near Seymour on the eastern side of the island of Tasmania.

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The winery said the land borders the Douglas Apsley National Park and will planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines. It noted that the soils, which are rich in volcanic rock dolerite with some ironstone, as well as the “slow ripening periods in autumn”, make the site an “ideal location” for both grape varieties.

As well as the vines, the winery intends to “retain a self-regulating ecocystem” by “nurturing corridors of wildlife”. Bird in Hand said it will also “create a preeminent destination with ambitious land art”.

According to The Shout, the new Tasmanian property covers some 400-acres, of which 150 acres will be planted with vines. It reported that the winery will construct a 37-acre dam area to preserve the natural habitat and create a wildlife haven.

Bird in Hand founder Andrew Nugent told the publication: “Artisan winemaking has afforded my family remarkable opportunities for which I am most grateful. Bird in Hand has always followed its own path.

“Currently with the expansion of our estate vineyards into Tasmania, the access to global distribution and to many of the world’s best restaurants, we are focusing on being unique, true to our vision and playing our role in elevating the global status of Australian wine.”

Bird in Hand was one of many producers who were affected by the devastating wildfires in late 2019, which saw around a third of vineyards in Adelaide Hills go up in smoke. 

The winery recently announced that it would donate 100% of its sales to support UK charity Hospitality Action. From 22 February until 8 March, it is making the gesture and donating all the proceeds from every bottle sold on its website to the industry charity.

Bird in Hand is also due to start work on a AU$30 million project to build a new function centre at its Adelaide Hills base, which will also accommodate an underground barrel room.

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