Tasmania, a small island south of mainland Australia, is home to dramatic mountains, national parks and sweeping bays of crystal-clear water. It’s a pretty spectacular backdrop to some of Australia’s best wine, food and cultural experiences.
Vines were first planted in the early 1800s, but with much of the wine spotlight on Australia’s mainland, things didn’t really kick off until the 1950s. Tasmania’s wine production may be small, producing less than 1% of Australia’s annual wine, but it contributes more than 4% of its total value, achieving some of the highest premiums for its wine and wine grapes.
Tasmania is a single wine region (Geographical Indication), with seven distinct and diverse wine growing areas. The climate is cool by latitude, not altitude, and the weather is highly variable. The island is buffeted by winds from all directions and can battle with rain and frosts. This high-risk environment brings great reward and diversity when it comes to the island’s wines.
From third-generation stalwarts to first-generation pioneers, Tasmania’s winemakers are embracing the region’s cool climate and expressing the unique character and terroirs of the island with some diverse and delicious wines. Many grape varieties are now found in Tasmania, with producers constantly innovating and experimenting. But Pinot Noir is the star, representing almost half of the island’s plantings for both still and sparkling wine.
Dip your toes and taste buds into the wonderful world of Tassie Pinot Noir. Explore the island’s exciting Pinot Noir scene with winemakers Peter Caldwell (Dalrymple Vineyards), Jeremy Dineen (Josef Chromy Wines) and Rebecca Duffy (Holm Oak Vineyards).
The winemakers share their experiences in the vineyard and winery as well as their perspectives on the region and the wines. Find out what’s special about Tasmania and why it’s such a hotspot (or rather cool spot!) for Pinot Noir. Discover the opportunities and challenges working with this grape variety, what the winemakers are learning and how they’re adapting.
During the webinar Peter, Jeremy and Rebecca taste wines from Josef Chromy Wines, Dalrymple Vineyards, Tolpuddle Vineyard, Tamar Ridge, Holm Oak Vineyards and Sailor Seeks Horse, and discuss what makes each distinctively Tasmanian.