History & Geography
Craigie Knowe is the oldest vineyard on the East Coast of Tasmania. Our first vines were planted in 1979, by then Hobart dentist John Austwick. He was such a pioneer of the time, with many local farmers thinking he was crazy, but they quickly realised John was onto something and planted their own vines. A passionate Bordeaux Blend Cabernet fan, John initially planted Cab Sav, Cab Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot, but Pinot and Riesling soon followed. He made his own wine on site in what is now the Cellar Door, and built a great reputation as an exceptional winemaker. We are just your average couple who, like most people, love to drink wine and love a challenge… and when we purchased Craigie we definitely got both! Since then we have taken a long term lease of a vineyard 2Klm away and make magnificent Chardonnay, Pinot Gris & Rosé under our white label range of wines.
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