Vineyard of the Month – Kelvedon Estate

A wine from Kelvedon is sampled during a tasting at the Farm Shed Wine Centre at Bicheno, Tasmania
A wine from Kelvedon is sampled during a tasting at the Farm Shed Wine Centre at Bicheno, Tasmania

Established in 1830 by Frances Cotton, this 5,300 hectare property south of Swansea continues in the hands of its sixth generation.

Known for award winning superfine merino, vines were added in spring 1998 and the first vintage of Pinot Noir released in 2002. The temperate maritime climate and close proximity to the sea combine to produce superb fruit for premium quality table wines.

As Quakers, Kelvedon homestead became the first quaker meeting house in the southern hemisphere and believing in non-violence, they protected local Aborigines when they were hunted by others for sport!

A commitment to farming has resulted in a long term sustainable award winning estate with four New England Wool Trophies for superfine fleeces and vineyard of the year in 2009 and 2014. Vines and sheep form a great partnership. Drive by Kelvedon after harvest and you’ll see the sheep grazing in the vineyards and naturally fertiilising them as they go!

The current two generations operating the farm continue to diversify while working towards leaving the land in better shape for generations to come.

 

kelvedonestate.com.au


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