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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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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1,505ha
Total vineyard area
0-80m
Altitude
41° 07'S - N. TAS, 42° 45'S - S. TAS
Latitude
350mm
Growing season rainfall
16.8°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
1013
Heat degree days
White
52%
Red
48%
Type

Chardonnay

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

Others

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
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

Stories of Australian Wine

Regional associations

Wine Industry Tasmania Ltd