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Derwent River Valley Wine Region - Wineries, Vineyards, Wine, Winery Tour Maps, Cellar Doors - Kingston, Bridgewater, New Norfolk, Hobart - Tasmania

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climate The Derwent River Valley Wine Region is centred on Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. The Region is renowned for its hops, fruit and other crops and has a growing reputation for its vineyards and wineries. The Derwent Valley extends from Hobart and Kingston in the Derwent Estuary well inland areas to Bridgewater and New Norfolk. Late winter frosts are a hazard in the inland areas. The rich and fertile Derwent Valley is today home to a wide range of agricultural products such as pears, flowers, apricots, apples, potatoes and poppies. The area is also renowned for its timber, trout fishing, dairy products and its wines. The first Tasmanian vineyard was planted by Bartholemew Broughton in the a Hobart suburb of New Town in 1821. Its wines won Tasmania's first international award at the Paris Exhibition in 1848 when this vineyard was producing 1600 gallons (7200 litres) annually. However, the business ended when the key players died and the rebirth took 80 years. Italian textile maker Claudio Alcorso planted a vineyard on the banks of the Derwent River just north of Hobart (now Moorilla wines) in 1958. At this time the official view of the Department of Agriculture was that commercial viticulture was not feasible in Tasmania. Now there are more than 20 vineyards in the Derwent Valley. Vineyards have been established along the shores of the Derwent Estuary in the Hobart suburbs and near Kingston and Granton. Upstream in the headwaters of the Derwent River, various wineries have been established near New Norfolk, Glenora, Bushy Park and Plenty. Some of the famous wineries in the area are: Meadowbank Estate, Moorilla wines, Stefano Lubiana Wines, Ferencz Vineyard, Tolosa Valley and the Region is home to the Tasmanian Wine Centre.

The Derwent River Wine Region includes three districts : Upper Derwent River ; Central Derwent River ; Lower Derwent River

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