The pristine island state of Tasmania is situated off the southern coast of Australia in the cool waters of the Southern Ocean. This ocean influence means that the climate is decidedly cool with appropriate comparisons to Champagne in terms of overall growing season temperatures.
The first commercial vineyards were planted in Tasmania in 1865. A decade later the industry collapsed largely due to the gold rush on the mainland. A resurgence of interest started in again the late 1970s. Tasmania is a diverse wine region, from the Pipers River and Tamar Valley areas in the north to the Coal River, Derwent Valley and Huon/Channel districts in the south.
It is developing a reputation, both nationally and internationally, for producing high-quality premium wine from its pristine and natural environment.
With a cool climate that has long, sunny and dry autumns, Tasmania has ideal growing conditions for developing naturally elegant, intensely flavoured and aromatic wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in particular. As well as producing stunning wines, Tasmania is also a picturesque gourmet paradise.