Tasmania Wine

Tasmanian vignerons have not yet registered any regions or subregions. This is likely to change in the future, as there are considerable climatic and terroir dissimilarities between Pipers River and the Tamar Valley in the north; the Derwent Valley, the Huon Valley and the Coal River Valley with Richmond in the south, and Bicheno on the east coast. It is a common fallacy to imagine that all Tasmanian wines are similar, or have similar backgrounds. Nothing could be further from the truth. If there is a common link, it comes most clearly through Pinot Noir and Riesling, with Chardonnay not far behind, particularly when the latter is teamed up with Pinot Noir in the production of sparkling wine. The warmest areas, and those most likely to permit the satisfactory ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are the Tamar Valley, the Coal River and Bicheno. Even here, site selection of the sunniest, most sheltered, north and north-east facing slopes is crucial, as is meticulous viticulture and canopy control. At the other end of the spectrum is the Pipers River area, made doubly challenging by the rich red soils that predominate and, in the far south, the beautiful Huon Valley. As Tasmanian pioneer Andrew Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Herons Rise Vineyard

    Overlooking the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island, Herons Rise Vineyard has been producing...

  • Pooley Wines Pty Ltd

    Pooley Wines was established in 1985 when the late Denis Pooley and his wife, Margaret, planted t...

  • Pirie Estate

    Pirie Tasmania is the latest evolution of one man's belief that Tasmania can be one of the truly ...

  • Spring Vale Vineyard

    Spring Vale is situated at Cranbrook, north of Swansea on Tasmania's East Coast. The Freycinet Co...

  • Craigow

    Craigow’s wines express the unique character of the Coal River region. Our varieties are selected...

  • Coal Valley Vineyard Pty Ltd

    The first "Old Block" of vines at Coal Valley Vineyard, shown above, was first planted in 1991 by...

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  • Yes Emark, baseball is played here in Australia, and the left field is the same ... - from the Tamar Valley in Tasmania, Harewood Estate from Denmark, Western Australia (Not Denmark in Europe.), and Robert Oatley Finisterre, also from Denmark, Western Australia (Finisterre = the end of the Earth, if you go further South you drown and/or freeze)... Read More

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  • A big trend in Oz wine now is global warming and planting more Mediterranean ... traditional varieties. Even Tasmania is getting warm enough to ripen the occasional Cabernet. I just hope the Hunter Valley keeps being able to produce its Semillon and Shiraz despite flood,fire,heatwaves and coal mines.The other big trend is to export wine and wi... Read More

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  • The North West of Tasmania has an ideal cool climate and produces excellent sparkling, Riesling and Pinot noir. White Rock Vineyard has just released it's first Dornfelder and is the only one in Australia to do so. In fact, the variety is not yet listed on the International Organisation for Wine and Vine list for varieties grown in Australia ...

    Comment by 819807White Rock Phil 819807 White Rock Phil


  • Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2010

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    This somewhat light-colored Tasmanian Pinot Noir has a prominent strawberry jam, leather, wood smoke and wet earth scent. The entry has similar jammy notes with some sweetness mid-palate (highly refined sugar). There is some light tannin, with a fairly lengthy finish of prepared strawberry. Elegant and balanced. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I'm not sure how much Australian sparkling wine gets sold in the USA. ... ... South Australia (24%) and Tasmania (11%). Produced using methode traditionnelle, i.e. fermented in bottle to achieve dissolved carbon dioxide for the bubbles. It is composed of Chardonnay (53%), Pinot Noir (44%) and Pinot Meunier (3%). AUD$20. Pale yellow colour, sof... Read More

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  • You're doing a Tasmania tasting? Cool. I would be very interested.I guess I understand their pricing. Maybe not in Australia, but in the US. It's an out of the way place to ship from. Not helped by the current exchange rate of the Australian vs US dollars. That's got to be killing some of those winemakers. Read More

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  • Greg,I'll second you on the De Iuliis wines. The 2012 whites are looking ... to report on this after the Tasmania tasting I'm doing next wee Read More

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  • Australia does some great whites period, whether or not they're ... some ... some credit for effort.From Tasmania, probably the coolest region in Australia, Glaetzer-Dixon Uberblanc Riesling - another of the more different wines I've had from Australia, even with a slight fizz? Or maybe it was just the acid? It's been a while and I'm not sure.... Read More

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  • Josef Chromy Tasmania Chardonnay 2011

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    Josef Chromy (Launceston, Tasmania) is well known in the Great White North for Pinot Noir, but for Chardonnay less so. If you are tickled by the garlic-lees scent of some Chablis, this may be the wine for you. No fruit-bomb for après-midi aperitifs, this wine is acidic and cold-climate - and mainly for food. Ignoring the nose, the entry is qui... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hello everyone.  I have loved wine for as long as I can remember - ... I ... ... I recently travelled to Tasmania, Australia this past Christmas and fell in love with their Pinot Grigio.  I also really liked the Margaret River Chardonnay's.  For everyday I stick to Canadian, specifically, Okanagan area.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Laughing Stock Pinot ... Read More

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  • Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2010

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    A really great and interesting pinot. Good acid and soft tannin, leather/earthiness combines lots of fresh cherry fruit (but not too sweet) and smoky notes. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


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