Cool climate Tasmania

The first vineyards in Tasmania were established in 1823 but winemaking didn’t continue to what it was today. Instead it was revived in the 1950s and a few more wineries were established in the 1970s with a huge growth in the 1990s. Today, according to Wine Tasmania, there are 160 licenced wine producers. From the four main regions, the country makes well structured, intense and cool climate wines.

The four wine regions are:

  1. North West
  2. North
  3. East Coast
  4. South

Holm Oak Vineyard Tasmania

North West: surrounding the town of Devonport you’ll find a number of wineries including:

  • Ghost Rock
  • Emilia Wines
  • Motton Terraces Vineyard & Wines
  • Blue Penguin Wines
  • Prickly Mo Wines
  • Barringwood
  • Leven Valley Vineyard

North: Tamar Valley: mainly north of Launceston is the island’s oldest wine growing area making some stunning wines. Here the wineries are within easy driving distance of each other, similar to Margaret River, on Caves Road where well-known and less famous wineries line the road. Wineries here include:

  • Josef Chromy
  • Jansz Wine room and interpretative centre
  • Pipers Brook Vineyard
  • Dalrymple Vineyards
  • Delamere Vineyards
  • Holm Oak Vineyards
  • Goaty Hill Wines
  • Tamar Ridge

East Coast: Hugging most of the eastern coast of Tasmania with the town of Bicheno at its centre. There are plenty of wonderful sea side towns, coastline and countryside to explore here.Leven Canyon in Tasmania

The wineries include:

  • Darlington Vineyard
  • The Bend Vineyard
  • Milton Vineyard
  • Devil’s Corner Cellar Door and Lookout

South: Including Coal River Valley and Derwent Valley near the southern city of Hobart. Travelling around the southern tip of the island, you can view the stunning coastline and head into the city, see some of the heritage, the famous art museum; MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and the outdoor market on Salamanca Place in Hobart, right by the waterfront. Wineries from here include:

  • Coal Valley Vineyard
  • Frogmore Creek
  • Puddleduck Vineyard
  • Stefano Lubiana Wines
  • Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers
  • Pressing Matters
  • Derwent Estate Vineyard

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