Tasmania is the oldest wine-producing region in Australia with the Tamar Valley the original source of vine cuttings first used in vineyards planted in Victoria and South Australia. About 40% of Tasmania’s premium wine is produced from this region today.
Tasmania’s temperate climate is perfect for elegant wines, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris grapes. The valley also produces some of Australia’s best sparkling wines.
In 1966 Graham Wiltshire established Heemskerk vineyard at Legana (now Velo), and the original home of Tasmania’s famous sparkling “Jansz”. Then followed Piper’s Brook which is now a very famous premium Tasmanian wine brand. During the early 90's Andrew Pirie established 9th Island which has gone on to become an internationally acclaimed wine brand.