"Tasmania Wineries - Awesome wine and great views!"
Believe it or not, but there are in fact 7 wine regions in Tasmania. Production of wine has only really been since the 1970's so it's still a fairly new phenomena. But the quality of the wines are certainly very good.
The cool climate offered by Tasmania means that the wines tend to be medium bodied and high in natural acidity. This is why the area is well known for Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wine.
There are over 60 wineries to visit in Tasmania - many are actually very boutique and small so the experience is usually very friendly and interesting.
Most have a cellar door where you can drive in and enjoy a taste of their wine with no obligation to buy, although they would obviously prefer it if you did! Some close on say a Monday or some even on a Sunday but certainly the major ones open every day.
Wine Regions of Tasmania
Here are the wine regions of Tasmania:The Tamar Valley, near Launceston. More details at Tamar Valley WinePipers River - near Tamar Valley and LauncestonNorth West - near Devonport
Near Hobart:Coal River ValleyDerwent ValleySouthern
Near Bicheno (Wine Glass Bay area):East Coast
Without a doubt Tamar Valley is the most well known and has the largest number of Tasmania wineries. It's easy to visit if you are heading to Launceston. I'd combine this visit with Pipers River too as the two areas are very close. It is also a good way to experience different types of wines too with Pipers River really being about Sparkling Wine.
If you are staying around Hobart then you can certainly visit some of the wineries in this area. I'd recommend Coal River Valley. It produces 18% of Tasmanian wines and is very up and coming. It's won lots of awards in recent years and continues to go from strength to strength. See below for my recommendations of where to go.
Due to the beautiful beaches and sights along the East Coast of Tasmania, your trip is likely to take you in this area. It is well worth stopping off at some of the small boutique wineries in this area as they are renowned for being some of the best in the world for Pinot Noir.
Which Tasmania Wineries To Visit?
For the best wineries in the Tamar Valley then head to my dedicated page here: Tamar Valley Wine
Best Wineries for Pipers River - THE area for Sparkling Wine and easy to see at the same time as Tamar Valley. You will be spoiled for choice but here are my favourites
Jansz - modern and contemporary cellar door with sparkling that is well known throughout Australia.
Pipers Brook - presigious and well known. The cellar door has gifts and wine tasting.
Bay of Fires Winery - a lovely shop and modern cellar door - architecture is stunning and so are the wines.
Best Wineries for North West - Best for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Barringwood Park - A great place to admire the views over a glass of wine. Can be a little cold!!
Best Tasmania Wineries for Coal River Valley - mainly pinot noir and chardonnay
Puddleduck Vineyard - a lovely cellar door that even does cheese tastings. You can also buy wines by the glass and bring your own picnic to enjoy. The setting is lovely and it's no wonder that you can hire this venue for your wedding. A real treat!
Meadowbank Estate - This one not only has great wines but it also has a lovely restaurant. A great option if you fancy having a lazy lunch. They believe in farm to plate with minimal processing so the result is wholesome food delights. Prices aren't particularly cheap at say $30 for a main course but we certainly had an awesome long lunch here. Best to book.
Best Tasmania Wineries for Derwent Valley - pinot noir, sparkling and Merlot
You'll find these wineries just outside Hobart again near the towns of Berriedale and Granton on the west bank of the Derwent River. It produces about 7% of Tasmania's wine.
Derwent Estate is one of the most well known in the area in terms of its award winning wines. It sits on the river so the views are really lovely. There is just a cellar door here but well worth a taste of some of those wines
Moorilla Estate - A beautuful estate with a museum, cellar door and amazing restaurant - all glass fronted with a lovely verandah. The views are lovely and the food very good. Again, not cheap at $40 for a main course, but a wonderful experience. You can even stay here too.
Best Tasmania Wineries for Southern Valley - Wines are mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Home Hill Winery Another great restaurant and beautiful views. Prices are around $30 for a main course but you can come here for afternoon tea too. They also have concerts here so it's worth checking out whether they have anything on whilst you are here
Best Wineries for East Coast - Some of the best Pinot Noir you are likely to taste!
Freycinet Winery - Come taste some award winning Pinot Noir, Sparking and Riesling after your visit to Wine Glass Bay. This place is all about the wines.
Spring Vale Winery - Lovely old farm houses and even the tasting room used to be an old stable built by the convicts. Wines are also interesting. A nice cellar door.
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