Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Historic Tasmanian vineyard property gets a makeover



It's all change at one of Tasmania's most historic vineyard properties: Craigie Knowe outside Swansea on the east coast of the Apple Isle.

Just over 40 years since the first vines were planted, there is a new range of wines and new cellar door that was officially opened last weekend.

Glenn and Sandy Travers purchased the winery in 2013 after coming to Tasmania on a holiday and have given the property a complete makeover, including planting new vines and converting the former winery into a rustic tasting facility with comfortable al fresco seating. 


Visitors are invited to enjoy a gourmet vineyard plate, cheese board or chocolate and wine matching experience and have a chat to the owners while tasting.

Craigie Knowe Vineyard was established in 1979 by then Hobart dentist John Austwick, who planted five hectares but sold the vineyard in 2009.

A subsequent owner left the vineyards unattended in 2011 and 2012, giving the Travers family lots of work to bring things back up to scratch.


The property also includes a circa 1842 sandstone and bluestone homestead, as well as the pioneering vineyard while the Travers family also source grapes from a nearby vineyard.

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.

"We, along with our son Alex, have worked hard to bring the vineyard back to health and vitality," says Glenn Travers. "Our wine is now made off site (by Matt Wood of Spring Vale), allowing us to concentrate on our vines so we can bring you the best wine possible."

The range includes outstanding estate 2015 pinot noir and 2016 riesling, along with an excellent pinot gris, a pinot noir rosé and a lighter pinot noir, all from 2017, under the entry-level white label.

Craigie Knowe is at 80 Glen Gala Road, Cranbrook, Tasmania. 0499 901 109. www.craigieknowe.com.au

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