Stuart Brice is a happy man. In this month of march, while the fall in the southern hemisphere begins to ask his first lights on the poplar trees of his hedge, he comes to begin the harvest. Ambling along its hillsides are well exposed to the sun in the north, the old man picks at random a grape, spits out the skin, satisfied. This vintage is going extremely well: this will be his last. He just sold 2 hectares of the vineyard of Providence, in the district of Lalla, in the heart of Pipers Brook, one of four wine-growing regions of the australian State of Tasmania. These 2 hectares, planted with pinot noir and chardonnay, are in their way a sort of small historical monument in this country whose history is so young. Operated since 1956, they make up the oldest vineyard.

But today, sixty-three years after that a certain French had the preposterous idea of planting vines in this lost corner of the island, …

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