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 Meunier, Schonburger
  • Bay of Fires Gewurztraminer
  • Chartley Estate Schonburger
  • Emilia Nebbiolo
  • Goaty Hill Wines Gewurztraminer
  • Grey Sands Aglianico, Malbec, Malvasia, Meunier, Petit Verdot, Pinot Blanc, Touriga
  • Holm Oak Arneis, Moscato
  • Josef Chromy Wines Gewurztraminer
  • La Villa Nebbiolo, Savagnin
  • Marions Vineyard Muller Thurgau, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
  • Pipers Brook Vineyard Gewurztraminer
  • Ryanna Vineyard Gewurztraminer
  • Sinapius Gamay, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Ribolla Gialla
  • Stoney Rise Gruner Veltliner
  • Swinging Gate Wines Gruner Veltliner
  • Three Willows Vineyard Baco noir
  • White Rock Vineyard Dornfelder
  • Winter Brook Baco Noir, Blaufrankisch, Dornfelder
Updated 31 Nov 2021

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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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