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Derwent Estate is a family owned and operated wine business situated just 20 minutes North of Hobart - the largest city in  Tasmania. Located at 42 degrees south latitude this is genuine Cool climate Viticulture. Tasmania is rapidly gaining a reputation as Australia’s premier Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sparkling wine producing area.

When we say family operated - that’s exactly what we mean, with 3  generations of family members currently involved in the business. Planted on the historic Mt Nassau property which has been in the current owner’s family since 1913, Derwent Estate Wines was part of the diversification program.

The property has seen a vast array of ventures over the last 100 years or so including Sheep, Cattle, Vegetable production, seed crops, poppies, quarrying and the production of lime. Viticulture is the next exciting phase in the history of Mt Nassau.

 

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About Derwent Estate Wines

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  The "Mt Nassau property has been in my family since 1913 - 101  years
   We have been growing grapes since 1993 - 21 years.

  After all that time we decided to take a plunge last year and build a winery onsite   and make our own wine. We had a great idea that we should build our winery out   of straw bales for its awesome insulation properties. We have now completed the   construction, our first vintage and our dream is now reality.
  We hope you can join the ride with us.

  Andrew Hanigan
  Viticulturalist

 

   

Vineyard

Nestled perfectly on North facing slopes which run down to the Derwent River, the vineyard has a perfect aspect for the production of cool climate wine grapes.   Plenty of prevailing Westerly winds keep good airflow  through the vines.  Air circulation is critical in helping to keep the vineyard disease free.

We do not use any Insecticides or nasty Pesticides at all.We prefer a softer Integrated Pest Management approach to disease control.

From humble beginnings in 1992 of one variety and block stage 1 of our planting were increased to 4 varieties over 4.5 hectares by 1997.

As Derwent Estate and Granton’s reputation grew for producing stunning fruit, keen interest was attracted by several major wine companies for us to grow small parcels of super premium fruit for them.This saw stage 2 of the vineyard development commence in 2003.  This was a 5.3 hectare planting which would see us supply grapes bound for the Bay of Fires Wines and Yattarna under the Penfolds label.

 

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Winemaking

We are currentyly in th process of building a state of the art 100 tonne winery on site so that as of the 2014 vintage all of our products will be made on-site.

Well respected winemaker John Schuts (Formerly Winemaking Tasmania, Capel Vale (WA) and Amberly Estate (WA)) has joined the team and will be responsible for all of the winemaking duties.

John has overseen the production of our wines for the last 10 years at Winemaking Tasmania and is excited bout joining Derwent Estate on a full time basis which will enable a more hands on approach to our making to take place.