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TAS Country : March 29th 2012
16 Friday, Marc Farm Feature Kinvarra Tasmania's wine industry has a great future and one farmer turned winegrower says it's time for his vineyard to step up a gear, reports ROGER HANSON REAP THE REWARDS: Farmer and wine grower David Bevan says the state's wine industry has a great future. Land of Plenty and p LOOKING out across the Bevan family property Kinvarra in the Derwent Valley it is easy to stand in awe. The picturesque property on the hills at the delightfully named settle- ment of Plenty in southern Tasmania has it all, plenty of water, plenty of potential, plenty of scenic beauty and plenty of history. It even has a historical colonial home built in 1827. ''We believe the home was built by a son of King George IV,'' David Bevan said. The 548ha property has traditionally run a 250 Angus Hereford-cross breed- ing herd. The 40ha centre pivot and additional hydrants provide the basis for various crops. Like many farmers Mr Bevan has branched out, and in 1990 he planted his first vines. Now the property has a 10ha com- mercial vineyard with mature vines and a further 10ha planned. ''An efficient larger vineyard is profitable, and we grow grapes for the super premium, cool climate sparkling wine market, as well as supplying fruit for table wine to some outstanding local wine producers, including us!'' Mr Bevan said. The innovative farmer has a 550 megalitre water right from the Der- went River and the property has the potential for a 60 megalitre dam. ''One of the main issues with vines is frost, but we have beaten that,'' he said. ''We have utilised a proven method.'' He has a dedicated diesel pump and system for frost protection. The water is pumped through lines to the Nelson rotators at a rate of 40 cubic metres an hour per hectare, providing protection to -4C. Mr Bevan showed Tasmanian Country how the system works. The water is pumped through lines with a rotating jet of water, which is then dispersed through the Nelson rotator, which can be detached for cleaning or maintenance. ''It's a simple system, that works,'' Mr Bevan said. He has a further 80ha identified for vineyard development because of ex- cellent air drainage and elevated northerly facing slopes. The fruit is snapped up by interstate wine companies. ''Tasmania is different to interstate, we don't have enough vines,'' Mr Bevan said. ''We need to follow New Zealand or Margaret River and get to a critical
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