CHEERS! the hidden history of Albury's vineyards.
When: Friday 1 March - Sunday 18 August
Where: LibraryMuseum, Corner of Kiewa and Swift Streets, Albury
Did you know Albury was once one of the leading wine producers in Australia?
Our streets, buildings and land are steeped in this unique history. The first reported vineyard was planted on Kiewa Street in 1851 by German migrants John P. Frauenfelder, Henry Rau and Sebastian Schubach.
In 1867, significant Albury citizen J.T. Fallon bought Murray Valley Vineyard in North Albury and built a wine cellar and retail outlet on Kiewa Street. Travelling extensively, Fallon promoted Albury and Australian wine to a global market, supporting winemakers including Gustave Frere and John Lankester to migrate to Albury.
Highly awarded, Albury was one of the biggest Australian producers of grapes during the late 1800’s. However the 20th century saw the demise of the industry. Due to government red tape and an outbreak of phylloxera vine disease, production dwindled at vineyards around Albury, Thurgoona and Ettamogah.
Today Australia is a world-class producer of wine, due in part to the experimentation of Albury’s early winemakers. The vines have been lost but Albury’s connection to the diversity of our substantial International wine region continues.
The stories of vines and winemakers have fascinated descendants and researchers throughout the years. This exhibition collates decades of research, showcasing this significant yet hidden part of our history.
Want to learn more? Click below to find out about this exciting past..
Vines & wines in the Albury District, courtesy of the Albury and District Historical Society
James Fallon, courtesy of the Albury and District Historical Society
John Lankester, courtesy of the Albury and District Historical Society
Champagne & Albury
View the Albury tourist-map for wines gone-by here