Bird in Hand buys Tasmanian land for vineyard

03 March, 2021 by Andy Young

Bird in Hand will be expanding into Tasmania after acquiring a stretch of coastline that will be planted under vine.

The land at Seymour on the east coast borders the Douglas Apsley National Park and the winery says it is focusing on producing exceptional quality fruit while nurturing corridors of wildlife “to retain a self-regulating ecosystem”.

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The 400-acre property rich in dolerite soils with a elements of ironstone combined with extended slow ripening periods in autumn, make it ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. One hundred and fifty acres of the land will be planted under vine and in other areas, vegetation will be restored, and native shrubs and flaxes will be planted preserving biodiversity.

Bird in Hand founder Andrew Nugent said: “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.”

Bird in Hand said it also plans to create a 37-acre dam to preserve the natural habitat and create an ecological haven, as well as having land art across the area.