As you might expect from an island laying at 41˚ south, Tasmania’s climate is dominated by its latitude and its proximity to water. The climate is temperate with a distinct maritime influence provided by the Tasman Sea to the west, the Bass Straits to the north and the Indian Ocean to the east. The Tasmanian landscape is dominated by dolerite-capped mountains that shelter the state’s vineyards from high winds and rainfall. On the lower slopes, the vineyard soils are formed from ancient sandstones and mudstones and from more recent river sediments and igneous rock of volcanic origin.
Of course, the greatest natural resources don’t equate to great wines by themselves, the human factor is key. Third generation family wineries sit alongside corporate outposts and young winemakers pushing the boundaries, creating a diverse and innovative winemaking scene that will ensure the region’s prominence for many years to come. The wines are as beautiful as the land from which they come, and with winemakers learning more about their climates with each passing vintage, the future could hardly be brighter.
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