The Vine In Australia
it's Culture and Management
by A. C. Kelly
Red Dog, 2008, ISBN 9781742035031, paperback
Very Good Condition
'Before we could appreciate the astounding Australian wines of today, we had to learn how to grow and tend the vines that produce them. Beautifully reproduced with a new foreword by award-winning Penfolds winemaker Peter Gago, The Vine in Australia takes us back to the beginning. Born of necessity following many failures when wine was first produced in Australia, winemaker AC Kelly's book was a huge success in 1861, and was so popular it was reprinted the following year. The Vine in Australia introduced wine chemistry and modern science to Australian wine makers battling with the new soil and climate. Kelly's visionary book did much to establish Australian technical expertise in viticulture at a time when the country was awash with bad wine, its drinkers accustomed to the coarse wines of Spain and Portugal. During Kelly's day, winemaking was a new and untried enterprise. But thanks to this book, in just 200 years, Australia's wine industry grew from a few meagre plantings, to an industry renowned throughout the world. See how it all started...'