Adelaide Hills-based Bird in Hand winery is expanding its vineyard holdings into Tasmania, having acquired a pristine stretch of coastline at Seymour on the east coast.
One hundred and fifty acres of the 400-acre property, which borders the Douglas Apsley National Park, will be planted to vines.
Vegetation will be restored and native shrubs and flaxes planted while nurturing corridors of wildlife to “retain a self-regulating ecosystem”.
Bird in Hand founder Andrew Nugent says, “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.”
Andrew says the property is rich in dolerite soils with a smattering of ironstone.
“Combined with extended slow ripening periods in autumn, it makes it ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir,” he says.
“We plan to create a preeminent destination with ambitious land art traversing the ancient soils, a 37-acre dam to preserve the natural habitat creating an ecological haven.
“Embracing creativity in its fullest sense and resetting the possibilities across all areas, Bird in Hand plan to affirm the quality of Australian wine by showcasing the land on which we are so fortunate to call home.”