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TAS Country : March 31st 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 News WATER WEALTH: David Bevan at Kinvarra. Picture: ROGER LOVELL Cellar's market for David JENNIFER CRAWLEY KINVARRA Estate in the Plenty Valley is hidden from view but its treasures are revealed to adventurous motorists who turn off the highway and follow a narrow gravel track to its end. Owner David Bevan has expanded his award-winning cellar door to include tasty treats and a twilight barbecue with meat sourced from the Angus herd on the 740ha grazing property. The stately Georgian mansion Kinvarra was built by a son of King George IV in 1827. David, 58, has lived at Kinvarra for 35 years. Formerly an engineer and teacher, he has transformed Kinvarra from a dryland farm to one with hard-hose irrigation, a network of reticulated stock water and a centre pivot. David credits insanity and a growing interest in wine for the 1ha of 4700 pinot and riesling vines he first planted in 1990. He was a member of the Rural Upper Derwent Epicureans (Rudes) a group of farmers and teachers who met once a week at Ouse to taste and discuss wine. The Kinvarra vineyard has grown to 10ha of pinot, riesling and chardonnay grapes. ''The Derwent River is our point of difference,'' David said. ''We have unlimited water used for frost protection, we use overhead spraying during a frost event and we are protected down to -4C.'' Kinvarra vines will be harvested in early May. Kinvarra has won many medals for its sparkling wine, rieslings and pinot noirs. ''I love the idea of a vineyard being permanent rather than going into the devastation of a poppy crop and doing it all again,'' David said. ''I like the idea of value adding.'' Soon customers will be able to buy barbecue their own meat two nights a week, at times that will be advertised. Ashley and Jane Huntington were doing something similar on the other side of the river at their Two Metre Tall beer company, he said. Kinvarra will open two nights a week and times and dates will be advertised in the press. Kinvarra produces between 7000 and 10,000 bottles of a wine a year. ''Our mission is to sell our entire production through the cellar door.'' WHEN WE SAY WE RE OUT THERE WITH YOU WE REALLY MEAN IT This information has been prepared without taking into account your personal circumstances, objectives, financial situation or needs. All applications for loans or credit are subject to lending criteria. Terms, conditions, fees and charges may apply. Full details are available on application or by phoning our Customer Service Centre on 1300 660 115, online at www.ruralbank.com.au, or by visiting your local branch. All information is subject to change. Products are issued by Rural Bank Limited and distributed by Elders Rural Services Australia Limited. Rural Bank Limited ABN 74 083 938 416 AFSL 238042 . Registered office: Level 1, 27 Currie Street , Adelaide SA 5000. Get a lending solution structured for your agribusiness by someone with loc al knowledge and experience. Call Jason O Sullivan, Rural Banking Manager on 0421 618 208, phone Rural Bank direct on 1300 660 115, or speak to your local lending specialist about Rural Bank products available through the Elders network in your area. w ww.ruralbank.com.au/lend A wholly owned subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd. Stephen Hansen Elders District Banking Manager, 0408 451 384 Gayle Hendricks-Cox Elders District Banking Manager, 0429 014 092 rub-3757 03/11_TC2 Water-logged vegie farmers count the cost KAROLIN MacGREGOR FARMERS are facing millions of dol- lars in crop losses as the damage bill from this year's record rains continues to mount. Late last week Tasmanian farmers were again hit when torrential rain fell in many parts of the state's North. Farmers in the North-East faced serious flooding after more than 327mm fell in 24 hours at Gray -- the state's third-highest ever daily rainfall. The rain caused major flooding in northern rivers and many paddocks were underwater. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association vegetable council chair- man Andrew Craigie said the situation for vegetable growers was just getting worse. ''Potatoes will be the highest-value crop affected, but it's also causing problems for things like onions,'' he said. With much of the state's potato crop still in the ground, the full extent of the damage may not be known for months. The recent flooding came after many growers also lost crops and topsoil during widespread rains in January. Scottsdale grower Trevor Hall said about 10ha of his crop was under water at the weekend -- the second time in nine weeks. ''I've been out and had a look at them and the water has drained away, but the potatoes are starting to break down, so I don't think they'll be much good,'' he said. Mr Hall said many producers with low-lying paddocks could face signifi- cant crop losses. He said that with most potato crops costing between $10,000 and $12,000 a hectare to grow, the bill for this year's disastrous season would run into the millions. ''I don't think too many people will make money out of spuds this year -- I know I won't,'' he said. Many farmers were forced to move stock to higher ground on Friday as floodwater swelled rivers to their high- est levels in decades in some areas. Sassafras grower David Addison, who still has to harvest onions and potatoes, said it had been a difficult season. ''It has been a frustrating season where all our crops have been affected and our bottom line will be hit very hard,'' he said. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said another impact of the wet weather would be the delayed planting of some winter cereal crops such as wheat and oats.
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