Australian bushfires: Roundstone winery destroyed, Chandon damaged, vineyards lost

09/02/2009 News Wine News
  • Monday 9 February 2009

The Yarra Valley wine region near Melbourne is still ablaze after bushfires raged through vineyards at the weekend.

Unprecedented 48 degree temperatures and searing winds on Saturday sparked wild fires that have left more than 130 people dead across the state of Victoria.

The Roundstone winery and restaurant was burnt to the ground, and other Yarra wineries including Domaine Chandon, Lance Family Vineyards and Punt Road were partially damaged.

Video courtesy Telegraph TV

Vineyards were also lost to fire in the south of the Heathcote wine region in central Victoria.

The situation remains tense as fires continue to burn around Melbourne, around Beechworth in the north-east of the state, and in the Yarra Valley itself.

Updates throughout the day.

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