Enjoying the diverse Tasmanian cellar door experiences

Win(e)ding your way around Tasmania

By Wine Industry Tasmania (WIT)
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Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend in Hobart
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Did you know that Tasmania has over 160 licensed wine producers? Of these wine producers, the vast majority – more than 100 – only sell their wines within Tasmania. If you like your wines cool climate, elegant, intense and structured, start planning your visits!

You'll need to plan more than one, if you want to explore the wine styles and regions fully, that is. For despite being officially only one wine region, the Tasmanian cellar door experience is as diverse as the range of wine styles, from converted heritage stables to ultra-modern cellar door restaurants. Producers are usually on hand and happy to share their passion for their wines, distinctly shaped by Tasmania’s climate and soils.

Not only will you have the chance to wine your way around the island, you will be impressed by the fresh local food on offer from individual producers and at farmers' markets. Then there's the amazing natural scenery, the arts, culture, heritage and, most of all, the interesting, passionate characters who call Tasmania home.

Tasmania’s boutique yet burgeoning wine industry boasts seven distinct wine growing areas, which cen be conveniently divided into four main wine experiences to assist wine explorers of the island state:

All are within easy reach of major centres or are located en route to some of Tasmania’s iconic attractions such as MONA, Cradle Mountain and Port Arthur. [One region per season would be ideal, and the VisitVineyards.com team suggests visiting the east coast in summer, the north in autumn, the north west in winter (snow!) and the south in spring.]

The easiest way to navigate your way around is to pick up a copy of the Tasmanian Wine Routes (download here), or for a print copy pick up on from the airport, visitor information centres, wineries along the way,, or contact Wine Tasmania to have a copy posted.

Take your time to explore the varied wines of the Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania or take an easy drive from Hobart to the Derwent, Coal River and Huon Valleys

There are also award-winning vineyards waiting en route to Cradle Mountain in the north-west or en route to Freycinet and Wineglass Bay on the sunny east coast.

Tasmania’s naturally elegant wines are made from grapes grown in climates similar to much-celebrated European wine regions – with mild summers and long autumn days that slowly ripen the grapes, providing elegance and intensity of flavour. Tasmania is renowned for its pinot noir, sparkling wines, riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, pinot gris, and more.

It may surprise some visiting wine lovers that a Tasmanian shiraz – the Glaetzer-Dixon MON PèRE Shiraz 2010 – won the celebrated Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2011. As the Tasmanian weather warms up, expect to see more reds take centre stage.

Tasmania enjoys a national and international reputation as a leading producer of some of Australia’s premium wines, winning high praise and plenty of trophies from wine judges and critics alike. Bass Strait may add to the cost of transporting the wines, but it also keeps out pests and diseases, and provides a maritime influence essential for high quality grapes, the most expensive in the country.

So enjoy Tasmania's regional wine styles, friendly encounters with growers and winemakers and celebrate the delights that come with the changing of the seasons with visits to one or more of Tasmania’s wine regions.

But don't restrict yourself to one. Tasmanian scenery is very varied; a wine region per season would be perfect!

Wine Tasmania and VisitVineyards.com encourage responsible consumption of alcohol and recommend the following: don’t drink on an empty stomach, drink plenty of water, use spittoons at cellar doors, and if you plan to drive  choose a designated (ie non-drinking) driver, or take a guided wine route tour.  


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