This intriguing account of the development of wine growing fills a void in the literature. While it has a particular focus on the Hunter region it also gives attention to other areas of the state. Written in an engaging and elegant manner, this book is based on much research which is lightly worn.
Wine has been prominent in the life of New South Wales since the First Fleet and First Vintage reminds us of its long and often fraught history. It places a major Australian industry against the backdrop of the broader contours of Australian colonial history.
This fascinating story of viticulture draws both on archival research and major works of interpretation. It is a valuable reference to the scholar and a good read for general audiences, with well-chosen illustrations as well as a well-presented and accessible text.