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TASMANIAN WINES AND SPIRITS

Tasmanian Wines and Spirits

Vibrant & Distinct Flavours of Tasmania

Tasmania has a moderate maritime climate, cooled by prevailing westerly winds off the Southern Ocean, providing conditions free of extremes in temperature. Mild spring and summer temperatures, with warm autumn days and cool nights allow the grapes to ripen slowly on the vine, resulting in maximum varietal flavour development. This is achieved without losing that essential natural acidity that gives wine both freshness and balance.

Tasmanian Reds


Tasmania’s first experiment with grapevines resulted in a wine that was shown at a Paris exhibition in 1848. However, after this early start, the island’s wine production all but disappeared until the 1950s.

In Tasmania now there are approximately:
    160 licensed wine producers
    230 individual vineyards
    90 cellar door outlets
    1800 hectares under vine.

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Tasmanian Whites

Renowned for its long, cool ripening period, Tasmania is fast gaining a reputation as the world’s best cool climate wine region particularly suited not only to traditional varieties like Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling but lately also lesser known European white varieties like Arneis and Gruner Veltliner.

The majority of Tasmania’s grapes are grown in:
    the Tamar Valley wine growing area -approximately 40%
    the East Coast wine growing area - approximately 20%
    the North East (Pipers River) wine growing area - approximately 19%
    the Coal River Valley wine growing area - approximately 13%
    Remaining wine growing areas, including the Derwent Valley, North West and Huon/Channel contribute approximately 9%


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Tasmanian Sparkling

Tasmania is widely recognised as Australia's home of premium sparkling wine. It is of increasing importance to the island's wine producers, with sparkling wine now representing around a third of the total wine production.
Tasmania’s long, cool ripening period gives sparkling wine a high natural acidity, finesse and length of flavour that outshine anywhere else in Australia. Indeed around half of Tasmania's Pinot Noir and three quarters of its Chardonnay fruit is now highly sought after for sparkling wine by several specialist sparkling houses.
It is a little known fact that the first known Australian sparkling wine was produced in Tasmania from the 1826 harvest but it wasn't until 1956 that the modern revival commenced, and it was really set in 1989 when Heemskerk and the French Champagne house, Roederer, introduced renowned sparkling wine brand, “Jansz”.

 The rest, as they say, is history. - don't just believe us!

“Tasmanian is rapidly becoming Australia’s ‘Little Champagne’” - Anthony Rose, The Independent (UK).

"The best sparkling wines are now predominantly sourced from Tasmania” - James Halliday, 2014 Australian Wine Companion
 

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Tasmanian Spirits


 Tasmania is ideally situated to make malt whisky, and yet 150 years after the last licensed Tasmanian distillery closed its doors, it took a whisky lover to realise the environment was perfect with everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs, and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage of science, art and passion.
At one time, more than a century ago, there had been eight distilleries in the Hobart area before Bill Lark lobbied to have laws amended to allow the legal distilling of spirits to recommence. There are now about 10 whisky distilleries operating in Tasmania including Strait Brands, Overeem, Hellyers Road, Nant, Heartwood, Redlands, Belgrove, Trapper's Hut, and William McHenry and Sons.
Many of these distilleries have since branched out into production of other world class spirits including Vodka, Gin and Liqueurs.

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