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Pettavel Riesling Geelong Evening Star 2003

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Pettavel Pty Ltd:
Mr David Pettavel (left), born in Boudry, Switzerland, emigrated to Australia in 1842 aboard the barque Platina. Upon landing at Port Philip, Pettavel continued directly to the hills of Geelong to plant the regions first vineyard. These vineyards, and the wine produced from them were such a success that Pettavel immediately began plans for further vineyard development throughout the rolling hil... Read more
Mr David Pettavel (left), born in Boudry, Switzerland, emigrated to Australia in 1842 aboard the barque Platina. Upon landing at Port Philip, Pettavel continued directly to the hills of Geelong to plant the regions first vineyard. These vineyards, and the wine produced from them were such a success that Pettavel immediately began plans for further vineyard development throughout the rolling hills of Geelong. The shortage of skilled labour became a major constraint to Pettavel's expansion, so a recruiting trip was planned to his homeland. Pettavel returned to Switzerland, and sailed back to Australia aboard the ship the Evening Star in 1856 after convincing family and friends to follow him to Australia to assist in the expansion of vineyards and wine production in Geelong. The rapid expansion and development of the wine industry in Geelong halted abruptly in the late 1870's with the passing of Mr David Pettavel and other driving pioneers and the arrival of phylloxera and its associated devastation on the vineyards. The nearby gold rush also proved a temptation too great for many vigneron's, and labour shortages prevented vineyards from being replanted. Read less


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