This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. THE AUSTRALIAN WINE INDUSTRY. Of all the industries existing in the Hunter districts none is more extensive or more important than that of vine-growing and the making of wine. The land is admirably adapted for it, and the vineyards are numerous, and, in many instances, large and choice. As for the wine the excellence of much of it has long been known to Australians; and if the opportunity afforded by the honors awarded to samples of Hunter River vintages, at the late Paris Exhibition, were taken advantage of for the introduction of Australian wine into England upon a much larger scale than hitherto, its excellence might soon be as well-known to people of the old country. Many persons, and more particularly some who have recently arrived from Europe--and whose close acquaintance with the European wine trade cannot be doubted--see not far distant the commencement of a great future for the wine industry of Australia. The vineyards of Europe are old, and the soil is said to be fast becoming exhausted; and, moreover, the ravages of the phylloxera and other scourges are making havoc among the vines. But the vineyards of Australia are young, and, with the exception of the oidium, free from disease; and when the European supply of wine becomes insufficient for the demand on the Continent and in England, Australian wines will meet the deficiency, and their merits be properly appreciated. So far the quantities of wine that have been sent to the Mother Country from the Hunter vineyards appear to have been either small consignments to agents, for the purpose of little more than introducing the wine into the English market, or to meet a few orders from residents at home who are familiar with the taste and understand the excellence of Australian wine as com...
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