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The discovery of gold in March 1852 provided the impetus for the development of Beechworth. The town, proclaimed the following year, was built on the fortunes made from that precious metal. Perched precariously on a steep hillside with streets plunging at precipitous and unexpected angles, its stone buildings and glorious vistas of imported English trees are a wondrous sight to behold in autumn. The earliest land sales took place in 1855 with the first vines being planted in 1856 by a Mr Rochlitz, who had obtained varieties from Adelaide. Within 10 years a wine shop was opened in the town selling locally produced wines from the 40 hectares (99 acres) planted between Beechworth and Yackandandah. Plantings reached their peak in 1891, with 70 hectares (173 acres) under vine, but their cultivation quickly dwindled thereafter and had almost disappeared by 1916. Typically, the climate is linked to altitude with a wide range in heat degree summations between the lower and higher elevations. Rainfall increases Read more »

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