The spectacular, remote, cold and rugged Island has fast become an Australian Superstar in terms of wine growing regions. Tasmania, due to the cool climate growing conditions and location is prized for sparkling wines, pinot noir and chardonnay. Other cool climate styles that are being produced here are Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling aswell as richer reds, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and even shiraz in the Tamar and Coal River Valley regions.
The regions and grape varieties:
Northern Tasmania – this region produces the most wine on the Apple Isle and is responsible for more than half the state’s output. With a climate close to that of Champagne in France, sparkling wines are the speciality.
In the North East part of the state there are vineyards and rich farming areas which is a contrast to the forests and beautiful unspoilt beaches. The Pinot Noir Grape dominates the landscape, making up nearly half the state’s wine production, and it is also used in its excellent sparkling wines.
Tamar Valley’s lush and winding landscapes is a subregion in Northern Tasmania and is accountable for the largest part of Tasmania’s wine production, with a steady climate it can also produce more intensely coloured and flavoured reds. The climate and clay-limestone soils contribute to these wines.
The Pipers River subregion is not far from the Tamar Valley, and surrounds the Pipers River which flows from Mount Arthur northwards into the Bass Strait. This region makes about half as much wine as the Tamar Valley, and the soils are different too, red volcanic rather than gravelly material. Some of Australia’s most regarded sparkling wine are produced here.
There are a handful of producers in this pretty spot near the coast in North-West Tasmania. The region produces cool climate styles, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling to name a few.
Southern Tasmania points towards Antarctica which makes this region particularly cool and produces around a fifth of the total wine production in Tasmania.
Located in the countryside just north of Hobart sits Derwent Valley. The soils are sandstone and schist, producing elegant, mineral-flecked pinot noir, sparkling and Riesling. Moorilla Estate, one of Tasmania’s first vineyards is in this region and is home to one of its most famous attractions, MONA.
A relatively new addition to Tasmanian wine regions, and a much drier environment than its neighbours, Coal River Valley is located near the Hobart airport. Sandy soils and weather make for a great environment for aromatic varieties, particularly later ripening types. Cabernet Sauvignon also does well here along with the Tasmanian classics, Pinot Nour, Chardonnay and Riesling.
This subregion south of Hobart is the southernmost in Tasmania, with clear waters and a stunning coastline of Bruny Island. Huon Valley, where the soils are fertile and the vineyards and orchards nestle side-by-side, along with the picturesque beauty of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel high quality and Pinot Noir are produced here.
The East Coast of Tasmania has a mild climate and in terms of wine production is similar in size to Northern Tasmania’s Pipers River. With enticing white-sand beaches and picturesque coastal parklands, the East Coast Wine Trail will take you directly to the cellar doors of some of the State’s best Wineries.