Coolest of the cool

The pristine island state of Tasmania is situated off the southern coast of Australia in the cool waters of the Southern Ocean. 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 again in the late 1970s.

Tasmanian wine is in a very good place at the moment and one gets the feeling that it’s only just beginning to realise its winemaking potential. As the vines age and, if as predicted, climate change continues to add warmth to the region so wines – especially the Shiraz and Pinot Noir – will continue to improve.

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Tasmania snapshot

There are seven geographically distinct regions producing wine but the only geographical indication (GI) is “Tasmania”.

Due to the influence of the Southern Ocean the climate is decidedly cool with appropriate comparisons to Champagne in terms of overall growing season temperatures. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of this Island state.

Total vineyard area
41° 07'S - N. TAS, 42° 45'S - S. TAS
Growing season rainfall
Mean temperature (Jan)
Heat degree days


Elegant, complex and subtle style with high natural acidity. Also used extensively in sparkling wine production.


The overall cool climate is well suited to the production of high quality, age worthy Riesling, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc and crisp Pinot Gris.

Pinot Noir

Light to medium-bodied, delicate and fragrant style. Also used in the production of sparkling wines.

Sparkling Wine

Top notch Traditional Method wines made primarily with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Considered to be the best in Australia.

Top varieties grown in Tasmania
  • Very similar to Champagne and parts of the Rhine Valley
  • 40% of the annual rainfall comes during the growing season
  • High humidity, spring frosts 

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

Stories of Australian Wine

Regional associations

Wine Industry Tasmania Ltd