It’s perhaps Australia’s most pristine wine region, and has won the hearts of wine lovers and judges around the world.
Welcome to Tasmania, and its regions that are rewriting the rules when it comes to premium cool-climate wine.
Although Tasmania’s wine history dates back as far as 1823, it wasn’t until the early 1970s that the industry began to flourish.
Australia’s only single state-wine region, in fact consists of seven distinct sub-regions or wine-growing areas – here they are, listed in order of percentage of production from highest to lowest.
Tamar Valley is Tasmania’s oldest sub-region. Situated in the north of the island, it stretches from Relbia, near Launceston Airport, to northwards past Launceston on both sides to the Tamar River and produces 31.7 per cent of Tasmania’s wine.
Its soils are incredibly fertile with high-yielding vineyards producing world-class wines, especially Sparkling.
Tamar Valley is home to some of Tasmania’s most notable producers, including Josef Chromy, Jansz, Holm Oak and many more.
COAL RIVER VALLEY
Located 25 kilometres north-east of Hobart between Cambridge and north of Colebrook, Coal River Valley is one of the most southerly growing regions in Australia, with a cool, dry climate and very few days over 35 degrees, responsible for about 25 per cent of Tasmania’s wine.
Its unique climate sees wines of great flavour depth and robust structure produced, and the region is home to such great wineries as Frogmore Creek and Nocton Vineyard, among many others.
The East Coast wine sub-region stretches from Bicheno to the Tasman Peninsula and produces about 18.4 per cent of the state’s wine.
The wild coastal remoteness contributes to the production of award-winning cool-climate wines of unmistakeable character, notably Pinot Noir.
A place of stunning beauty and uncompromising characters, it is home to such notable wineries as Freycinet Vineyard, Devil’s Corner, Cape Bernier, Gaia Estate and more.
Located in the north-east of Launceston on the Georgetown to Bridport Road, the Pipers River sub-region produces 16.8 per cent of Tasmania’s wine.
It experiences a climate similar to that of France’s famous Champagne region and specialises in Sparkling wines.
The unique combination of geography, temperate climate and proximity to Bass Strait helps express the purity of Tasmanian terroir, with wineries like Pipers Brook, Bay of Fires, House of Arras and more calling Pipers River home.
The Derwent Valley sub-region is situated between Hamilton and Hobart and produces 5.1 per cent of the state’s wine.
It mirrors many of the conditions found in Burgundy, and hosts such notable wineries as Derwent Estate, Moorilla Estate and Kinvarra among others.
NORTH WEST/CRADLE COAST
Travel just 15 minutes south from Devonport, one hour from Launceston and a little over an hour from Cradle Mountain and you’ll find the North West/Cradle Coast.
The soils of the sub-region are rich in calcium, lime and loam. Barringwood, Ghost Rock and Lake Barrington Estate all have their wineries here.
Huon/Southern is by far the smallest of Tasmania’s wine producing sub-regions, accounting for just 0.4 per cent of total wine production.
Just south of Hobart, the area’s cool climate and high sunshine hours make it a perfect region for the production of complex, high-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir-based wines in particular.
Isle Vineyard, Panorama Vineyard and several other very small producers have their operations here.
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