First major book on Tasmanian wine published in November

Vintage Tasmania, the complete Book of Tasmanian Wine by Tony Walker

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Vintage Tasmania - The complete book of Tasmanian wine by Tony Walker

Vintage Tasmania - The complete book of Tasmanian wine by Tony Walker


Written by Tasmanian wine writer and wine historian Tony Walker, Vintage Tasmania tells the story of Tasmanian wine from the first plantings in 1823 to the state’s contemporary emergence as one of the world’s most promising cool climate regions.

With an introduction by James Halliday and expert contributions by Tasmanian industry leaders Andrew Pirie and Fred Peacock, the book also provides a comprehensive review of the Tasmanian industry today, including a guide to the state’s Wine Routes.

The 280 page lavishly illustrated history is the result of a two year Masters degree study by the author, and based on more than 50 oral history interviews with industry pioneers.

Although viticulture was revived in Tasmania by Frenchman Jean Miguet and Italian Claudio Alcorso in the 1950s, the first commercial size vineyards were not planted until 1974.

In just 40 years, the fledgling industry has become, in the words of James Halliday’s introduction “the most vibrant in Australia, with virtually unlimited potential”.

Author Tony Walker has a long association with the Tasmanian industry, from operating the crusher at the first Pipers Brook vintage, to more than a decade writing about Tasmanian wine.

“It has been an extraordinary story,” he said.“Tasmania was unknown territory for viticulture and all the Australian expertise and research was based on warmer climates.”

“This book pays tribute to the men and women who did the hard yards, often by trial and error, and brought the industry to where it is today.”

“I’ve also tried to provide a user friendly guide to the more than 50 vineyards that provide visitors with the Tasmanian wine experience today.”

Vintage Tasmania will be released in late November. It will be freely available through Tasmanian outlets but will have limited mainland distribution. RRP is A$49.95.

The book can be ordered direct from the author at the web site at $49.95 freight free around Australia.

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