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TAS Country : July 14th 2011
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, July 15, 2011 Lubiana in growth spurt EXPANSION: Winemaker Stefano Lubiana. Left, the cafe's new vegetable patch. Pictures: ROGER LOVELL from the VINE Graeme Phillips BOOMING: The existing production facility. WINEMAKER Stefano Lubiana has announced an immediate start to the con- struction of a new cellar door, tasting room and vineyard cafe next to his existing winery overlook- ing the Derwent at Granton. He said formal approval had been given to the $600,000 project by the Der- went Valley Council. Site works would start immedi- ately with the likelihood the new purpose-built fa- cilities would be ready for operation late next year. The developments will include a new vineyard cellar door wine-tasting and sales facility and a small vineyard cafe seat- ing around 40 under the guidance of talented local chef, Jo Cook. She says the cafe will serve a range of Italian-inspired snacks and simple meals for lunch with a wood-fired oven the kitchen's focal point. The two-storey, Tuscan- style facility will feature a number of eco-friendly innovations and an on-site orchard, vegetable garden and olive grove will supply fresh, biodynamically grown produce while any remaining needs, says Cook, will be sourced from local producers who em- ploy similar sustainable production methods. The gardens are being managed by Patrick John- ston, a former agronomist, vegetable export manager and restaurateur and the man responsible for the establishment of Tas- mania's first Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden at Bowen Road Primary School. Further down the track, Lubiana has plans for an underground sparkling wine cave, a small distil- lery producing alcoholic spirit from waste grape marc (grappa anyone?) and a dedicated work space for an artisan cheese maker. The announcement of the development follows a recently completed, two- year $400,000 vineyard ex- pansion of 7ha, taking total plantings from 18 to 25 ha. Lubiana says the newly planted pinot noir vines areamixoftheoldand new --- long-established clones like MV6, DSV12 and 8048 which have a proven track record on the site and promising new clonal selections such as Abel and 667 which are yet to prove themselves in the Tasmanian environment. The new vines are being managed organically until established and mature enough to be introduced into the vineyard's exist- ing full biodynamic program. The expansion is ex- pected to add around 40 tonnes of pinot noir to the 2014 vintage. Lubiana says that sales of his pinot noirs have really boomed in the past few years and the ad- ditional grapes are sorely needed. ''I'm really looking for- ward to seeing what we can achieve on this new site. We've set a cracking pace with our recent pinot releases and I'm hoping that we'll be able to further increase our wine quality as these new vines bear fruit,'' he said. ''By the time our new building developments are in full operation, we expect visitors will be blown away by the simple, natu- ral beauty of our gardens, orchards, the vineyard and the spectacular views over the Derwent River and Valley. Our small but growing number of minia- ture sheep is also likely to provide plenty of interest to younger visitors.'' Steve and Monique Lubiana bought the prop- erty in 1990 after an exten- sive nationwide search for land ideally suited to grow- ing classic wine grape varieties from northern Europe. A fourth-generation winemaker from the River- land, he said at the time that they chose Tasmania over alternative sites in the Adelaide Hills and Margaret River because of Tasmania's cool climate. ''Cool climate at 500 me- tres altitude in the Adel- aide Hills is not the same as cool at 42 degrees south. The whole sunlight, autumn ripening and win- ter dormancy patterns are different and better in Tas- mania.'' Accordingly, Granton Vineyard, as it is now known, was first planted to 2ha of chardonnay and pinot noir in 1991. It has since expanded to include pinot grigio, riesl- ing, sauvignon blanc, mer- lot and small plantings of cabernet sauvignon and nebbiolo. While his Estate and Sasso pinot noirs from 2008 have each been scored 96 by James Halliday, from this year's vintage he plans something new. This is Australia's first nebbiolo sparkling wine made in the style of those from the Valtellina Valley near Lake Como in northern Italy. Viticulture Coming Soon "A Century of Farmyard Relics 1840-1940" by Ken Arnold These 5 great hardbacks are over 600 pages each. Pre-order your copies now! Each volume $139.95 or $650 for the set. Hurry there are only limited numbers Not Just Books 52 Wilson St Burnie 6431 9039 or firstname.lastname@example.org 2070845-110715
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