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D`Entrecastreaux Channel South Wine District

The D'Entrecasteaux Channel South Wine District includes the area of the channel south of Kettering. The Channel that extends south along the coast inside of Bruny Island to the Huon estuary at Verona Sands. It includes Bruny Island and the mainland townships of Kettering, Woodbridge, Birchs Bay, Flowerpot, Middleton, Gordon. The district is renowned for its orchards (cherries, apples, pears) and more recently for its vineyards. The villages provide services for the local farming communities and support tourism and many also support commercial and recreational fishing activities. Kettering is the major fishing centre in the region and is the port for the ferry to Bruny Island. Kettering boasts two major marinas, Oyster Cove Marina and South Haven Marina, and there are many smaller, privately owned jetties. The entire channel area is famous for its fishing and boating. Kettering and the surrounding towns have thriving arts and craft communities. The area is renowned for its fresh produce.

The D`Entrecastreaux Wine Region includes two districts : D`Entrecastreaux Channel North District ; D`Entrecastreaux Channel South District.

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Bruny Island Premium Wines, Tas  4391 Bruny Island Main Rd, Lunawanna TAS 7150
Bruny Island Premium Wines are a small family owned and operated vineyard/winery on picturesque South Bruny Island, approximately 1.5 hours south of Hobart (including a 15 minute vehicular ferry trip). Our wines are proudly grown, made and bottled by hand on Wayaree Estate. The Wine Bar & Grill is open 7 days 11am to 5pm, Saturday nights during daylight savings from 6pm. Richard and Bernice Woolley welcome appointments and group bookings.

Geebin Vineyard, Tas  3729 Channel Highway, Birchs Bay, Tasmania 7162
A tiny waterfront vineyard at Birch`s Bay, three kms south of the Woodbridge Post Office, originally known as Milnathort. The long-established (1982), pocket-sized vineyard produces boutique quantities of well-priced Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon (the most southern Cabernet Sauvignon in the world) with new plantings of Chardonnay. The wines made by Andrew Hood. Stunning location overlooking the ...

Hartshorn Distillery, Tas  59 Devlyns Rd, Birchs Bay, TAS, Australia
Hartshorn Distillery is a new Tasmanian micro distillery making boutique batches of Vodka and Gin from our own sheep whey. We are the first in the world to create this unique product. We are proud to be one of the smallest distilleries in Australia making small 80 bottle batches using a 200L glass column still. Each bottle and label is hand painted by head distiller Ryan so you can display it proudly amongst your collection. All of our spirits are unfiltered meaning you can enjoy a spirit with more character and complexity. Our Sheep whey Vodka this year won Champion Vodka of Australia at the World Vodka Awards 2017 in London. In 2017 we also won Australian Beverage of the year! Our Gin has only been released within the last 6mth however has been reviewed by the “Ginventory” app as a 9.5 out of 10. Ryan and his family run Grandvewe Cheeses in Birchs Bay located deep in Tasmania’s south. When making cheese, the whey is often discarded and put to little use. Ryan has spent the last two years discovering how to turn the complex sugars held within the whey protein and convert them into basic sugars to then ferment into alcohol and eventually distil. The resulting distillate has a delicately sweet bouquet and extremely smooth finish, thanks to the dairy influence and traditional aging methods.

Mewstone Vineyard, Tas  11 Flowerpot Jetty Road, Flowerpot TAS 7163
The Mewstone Vineyard lies on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in the farmland of Flowerpot. The gently north facing slopes capture the cool southern sunshine to produce premium wine making grapes. The vineyard is protected from the harsh prevailing westerly winds by the hills that rise quickly from the water. The soils are predominantly duplex soils formed on Jurassic dolerite. This consists of loam textured topsoil over a sandy loam horizon on clay subsoil. The vineyard is hand pruned and the fruit hand picked with the help of family and friends. We manage the vineyard from the ground up. The extra effort put into ensuring a vibrant ecosystem below the ground translates into quality fruit on the vines above. We are fortunate to have leading soil microbiologist, Letetia Ware, as a close neighbour. Letetia has guided our vineyard nutrition plan from the beginning. Through extensive use of mulches, composts and compost teas we have been able to continually improve our soils. Letetia tells us it’s all about the ‘microbes’. We think you can taste the difference.