n4sir wrote:now the bastards have sold off the historical Old Reynella vineyard to Pioneer Homes to be bulldozed for high-density housing. Cheers,
Attila wrote:As George Ohsawa said in circumstances like this: "Do not fear, everything has a reason. It'll turn out great in the end."
Wait and see.
bacchaebabe wrote:This sort of thing makes me very sad.
Surely the local council must have something to do with this if the zoning has gone from farming to housing?
28 May 2009
Constellation Wines Australia (CWAU) has entered into an agreement to sell a block of land on the north west corner of Reynell and Panalatinga Roads, Reynella, opposite the main winery grounds.
This site is part of the original 32 hectare area purchased by John Reynell in 1839, around 16 hectares of which was sold by John Reynell in 1854 to create the township of Reynella (now Old Reynella).
Known as Stony Hill vineyard, this block comprises 1.24 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 1990 and 0.89 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1968. These 18 to 40 year old vines are affected by leaf-roll virus and another disease known as ‘Eutypa dieback’. These grapevine diseases have compromised grape quality and reduced yields, to the point where many vines do not have bunches even though they have shoots and leaves. These diseases, combined with the inferior soils of the Stony Hill block, have resulted in poor quality grapes, compared with those grown in the vineyards located on the main winery site.
Sale of the Stony Hill block will consolidate our activities on the main 32.72 hectare winery site on the south west corner of Reynell and Panalatinga Roads. The site holds the CWAU headquarters as well as 9 hectares of vineyard plantings and many of John Reynell’s original buildings - Chateau Reynella (1838), the Reynell Homestead (1843) and SA's oldest operating cellar, Cellar One or ‘The Cave’ (1845).
The high quality of fruit grown on the main winery site has formed the backbone of our awarded Chateau Reynella McLaren Vale range for many years, and includes the highly valued Reynell clone of Cabernet, named in honour of John Reynell, and now widely used throughout Australia.
The main winery site is an important part of the Reynella township heritage and highly valued for its historical significance to our company, the region and the South Australian wine industry. Sale of the Stony Hill block will enable further investment in the ongoing maintenance of Reynell’s heritage buildings and the surrounding landscaped gardens, which remain open to the public for self guided tours during business hours.
Details on what is proposed for the Stony Hill block will be a matter for the new owner and the Onkaparinga Council following settlement, which is expected to occur in the next few weeks.
Media enquiries: Sheralee Davies, Group Public Relations Manager
Attila wrote:n4sir wrote:now the bastards have sold off the historical Old Reynella vineyard to Pioneer Homes to be bulldozed for high-density housing. Cheers,
As George Ohsawa said in circumstances like this: "Do not fear, everything has a reason. It'll turn out great in the end."
Wait and see.
John #11 wrote:I think overall you have done a pretty good job Ian.
I'm a little disappointed in Gary Walsh passing on such an obvious piece of crap to you Ian. Then again, maybe his livelihood relies on corporate donations of wines for him and Campbell to review. Then again, maybe I'm just a cynical old bastard.
John #11 wrote:I'm a little disappointed in Gary Walsh passing on such an obvious piece of crap to you Ian. Then again, maybe his livelihood relies on corporate donations of wines for him and Campbell to review. Then again, maybe I'm just a cynical old bastard.
Fears over future of historic winery sites as Constellation cuts costs
May 29, 2009
Chris Snow in Adelaide
There are fears that the historic Leasingham winery site in the Clare Valley, Australia, will be sold for non-winery development.
A separate battle has also begun to stop another historic industry site, Stony Hill, the first commercial vineyard in South Australia, being turned into a housing estate.
Both properties are for sale as part of a three-winery, 23-vineyard, 350-job cost-cutting move by Constellation Wines Australia (CWAU).
Talks between Constellation and wine producers about the sale of the 116 year-old Leasingham winery stalled because Constellation retains the Leasingham brand.
'The whole thing came to a stalemate,' said prospective buyer Tim Adams, of Tim Adams Wines.
CWAU spokesperson, Sheralee Davies, said that staff had been advised that if the winery was not sold by the end of August, it would be closed.
She added that at least one of the four vineyards would be retained, with the future of the others undecided.
The chief executive of the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council, Roy Blight, said that enquiries about the Leasingham site had been received 'from a number of organisations, not all related to wine.'
An industry insider, who did not want to be named, said there was a fear that all but two heritage-listed buildings would be demolished and the land used for housing.
At Reynella, Constellation's Australian headquarters, local politicians and community members have collaborated to try to block a proposed housing development on the 2.13ha (hectares) Stony Hill vineyard.
Constellation recently sold the site, which it says has vines which are diseased and non-productive, and Davies said a settlement was expected within the next few weeks.
Last night (Thursday) the Onkaparinga Council's development assessment panel deferred for further consideration a land division application by the buyer after community objections on open space and traffic policy grounds.
pstarr wrote:John #11 wrote:I'm a little disappointed in Gary Walsh passing on such an obvious piece of crap to you Ian. Then again, maybe his livelihood relies on corporate donations of wines for him and Campbell to review. Then again, maybe I'm just a cynical old bastard.
Pretty poor form here, John, for my tastes.
"Shot my mouth off again", emoticons and all, is right, but hardly an apology. "I'm a knob, should not post in the early hours, and am sorry for what I insinuated" isn't that hard to write.
n4sir wrote:For those in Adelaide, I heard the story on the Reynella Stony Hill vineyard will be on A Current Affair tonight (I don't know if those interstate will pick this up).
In contrast to what I was told by one of the politicians involved, I also heard in advance they will say it was the (as I mentioned earlier, pro-development) State Government that removed the heritage listing in 2007, not the City of Onkaparinga Council. I emailed him this morning asking if this was true, and as yet haven't received a response.
ross67 wrote:Unfortunately didn't get it here in Brissy....was looking forward to the report
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