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Katan­ning’s his­toric Piesse Win­ery is set to be put on the State Her­itage Reg­is­ter to pro­tect the 100-plus-year-old build­ings on the site, which had vines first planted in the 1890s, while still hav­ing pro­vi­sion for nearby sub­di­vi­sions.

Katan­ning’s his­toric Piesse Win­ery is to be con­sid­ered for State Her­itage list­ing.

The Shire of Katan­ning was due to vote on sup­port­ing a pro­posal by the State Her­itage Of­fice to en­ter the for­mer win­ery into the State Reg­is­ter of Her­itage Places on Tues­day night.

The his­toric site, with its prom­i­nent red-brick dis­tillery tower, along with some vine rem­nants is on Warren Road, and is on the Mu­nic­i­pal Her­itage In­ven­tory.

Vine­yards were es­tab­lished by the fa­mous Piesse fam­ily as early as the 1890s, but it first be­gan wine pro­duc­tion in 1901 with the cur­rent build­ing built in 1910.

The wines pro­duced at the site won awards across Aus­tralia.

The Shire coun­cil was set to vote in favour of sup­port­ing in­clu­sion of the win­ery build­ing and im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings but wished to ex­clude sur­round­ing land, flagged for fu­ture sub­di­vi­sion.

The re­port to coun­cil said “that as the bal­ance of the land has been iden­ti­fied for ur­ban de­vel­op­ment for some time, coun­cil does not sup­port the in­clu­sion of the bal­ance of land into the reg­is­ter as it may im­pact on the time­li­ness of fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of that land”.

It said in­clu­sion of the win­ery on the reg­is­ter was con­sid­ered in June 2014 but while the coun­cil sup­ported the in­clu­sion of build­ings and im­me­di­ate sur­rounds, it did not sup­port the bal­ance of the prop­erty join­ing the reg­is­ter.

The re­port said cur­rent land own­ers were in sup­port of its in­clu­sion on the reg­is­ter but also sup­ported de­vel­op­ment of sur­round­ing land for sub­di­vi­sion. “En­try on the State Reg­is­ter re­flects the sig­nif­i­cance of the for­mer win­ery and af­fords the ap­pro­pri­ate level of pro­tec­tion,” the re­port said.

“The for­mer Piesse Win­ery has cul­tural her­itage sig­nif­i­cance and has aes­thetic, his­toric, sci­en­tific and so­cial value.

“The dis­tillery tower is also sig­nif­i­cant ar­chi­tec­turally and is a rare ex­am­ple of Fed­er­a­tion Gothic-style ap­plied to an in­dus­trial build­ing.”

The his­toric Piesse Win­ery, with its prom­i­nent red-brick dis­tillery tower.

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