Coolest of the cool

Renowned as one of Australia’s finest cool climate wine growing areas, Tasmania is turning heads as one of the world’s hottest wine regions. The first commercial vineyards were planted in Tasmania in 1865 but these vines were short lived A resurgence of interest started again in the late 1970s and one gets the feeling that it’s only just beginning to realise its winemaking potential.

The climate and soils of the region combine to create ideal growing conditions for developing naturally elegant, intensely flavoured and aromatic wines, with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the region’s most renowned varieties. Tasmania produces Australia’s finest sparkling wines, reflecting high-levels of winemaking expertise and the advantages of a naturally pristine, cool environment. 

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Tasmania
Tasmania
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42ha
Total vineyard area
0-1264m
Altitude
41° 07'S - N. TAS, 42° 45'S - S. TAS
Latitude
477mm
Growing season rainfall
15.6°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
Climate
  • Very similar to Champagne and parts of the Rhine Valley
  • 40% of the annual rainfall comes during the growing season
  • High humidity, spring frosts 
Soil

Extremely varied soils from north to south:

  • Sandstone and schist in Derwent Valley
  • Peaty alluvial and sandy low humus soils in Coal River Valley
  • Pipers River has deep, free-draining, friable soils
  • Tamar Valley is gravelly basalt on a clay and limestone base

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