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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 65

Soler's Vineyard

Soler's Vineyard,

Situated in Bell Street, covers about three acres of ground, and is well worth a visit. The proprietor is by birth a Spaniard, and page 28 is a practical winemaker; the vines are trained on trellis work, and when in leaf the aspect of the long vistas, especially' when the clusters of grapes are pendant overhead, is very beautiful. This industry is languishing, consequent on the duties on spirits not enabling the proprietor to ship his produce, and so compete with Australia. Should the Government remove the duties, he is prepared to go into vine growing on a large scale up the river, but not otherwise. He obtains forty tons of grapes on the average, from the three acres, and makes sixteen different kinds of wind He has wine up to sixteen years old.