Northern Tasmanian Wine Region

The island state of Tasmania makes up a single Wine Zone, under Australia's classification system of Geographic Indicators. Unofficially however, it is sensible to recognise Northern and Southern Tasmania as separate wine regions.

Ribolla Gialla Vines at Sinapius Vineyard. This is a new variety to Australia.Ribolla Gialla Vines at Sinapius Vineyard. This is a new variety to Australia.

The Northern Tasmanian Wine region has its major concentration of vineyards in the Tamar Valley to the north of Launceston. Serious winemaking started in the late 1970s with the establishment of vineyards in the Pipers Brook region.

Although the latitude would suggest that the climate in Tasmania would be much cooler than Victoria, in fact the viticultural environment as measured by heat summation is quite similar to the cooler Victorian regions. Site selection is very important for successful ripening of all but the earliest maturing varieties.

white rock vineyard in Northern TasmaniaPicturesque White Rock Winery in Northern Tasmania

Several mainland wineries have established a presence in Tasmania, often with the aim of producing quality sparkling wine.  Taltarni, based in the Pyrenees in Western Victoria, set a trend by establishing Clover Hill as far back as 1986.

In 2010 Brown Brothers acquired the vineyards and wineries including Tamar Ridge, formerly owned by Gunns. This gives Brown Brothers a cool climate source of grapes. This will also impact on the broader Tasmanian wine scene as a large dedicated wine company will now be applying their expertise to viticulture, winemaking and marketing.

Typically the varieties for Tasmanian sparkling wines follow the Champagne varietal template of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier.  

Among the smaller vineyards in this region it is not surprising to see that cool climate varieties like Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot gris are chosen.

Grey Sands vineyardGrey Sands Vineyard in Northern Tasmania

Wineries with Alternative varieTies in Northern Tasmania

  • Barringwood Park Northern Tasmania Meunier, Schonburger
  • Bay of Fires Northern Tasmania Gewurztraminer
  • Chartley Estate Northern Tasmania Schonburger
  • Emilia Northern Tasmania Nebbiolo
  • Grey Sands Northern Tasmania Aglianico, Malbec, Malvasia, Meunier, Petit Verdot, Pinot Blanc, Touriga
  • Holm Oak Northern Tasmania Arneis, Moscato
  • Josef Chromy Wines Northern Tasmania Gewurztraminer
  • La Villa Northern Tasmania Nebbiolo, Savagnin
  • Marions Vineyard Northern Tasmania Muller Thurgau, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
  • Meander Valley Vineyard Northern Tasmania Baco Noir
  • Pipers Brook Vineyard Northern Tasmania Gewurztraminer
  • Ryanna Vineyard Northern Tasmania Gewurztraminer
  • Sinapius Northern Tasmania Gamay, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Ribolla Gialla
  • Small Wonders Wines Northern Tasmania Gewurztraminer
  • Stoney Rise Northern Tasmania Gruner Veltliner
  • Swinging Gate Wines Northern Tasmania Gruner Veltliner
  • White Rock Vineyard Northern Tasmania Dornfelder
  • Winter Brook Northern Tasmania Baco Noir, Blaufrankisch, Dornfelder
  • Updated 6 Jan 2023

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    * Dornfelder is an interesting newish German variety being pioneered by two wineries in this region, namely White Rock winery and Winter Brook  See more about Dornfelder.

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