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There are no formal regions in Tasmania, the whole state is a Zone. It is feasible to consider two or three regions, Northern, Southern and perhaps Eastern Tasmania. In the Wine Atlas of Australia James Halliday divides the state into Northern Tasmania Wine Region and Southern Tasmania Wine Region and I follow suit.
There are three main clusters of vineyards
The climate in this part of the state is of course quite cold and Pinot noir is the only red variety planted to any extent. Mewstone make wine from Dornfelder brought in from the North.
There are plenty of white varieties used including Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer. Of special interest is Every Man and his Dog vineyard (formerly Palmyrain the Coal River valley. They have two German varieties - Ehrenfesler and Siegerrebe. Both of these varieties are covered in the book Rare Ozzies.
As is the case in the northern half of the state the wineries are mainly of boutique scale.
Most of the wineries in Southern Tasmania are within easy distance from Hobart where there are many accommodation alternatives. Many wineries have restaurants, cottages to let or act as outlets for some of the excellent gourmet foods of Tasmania.
The best thing about visiting Tasmania is that you are never far from an area of scenic beauty or an opportunity to purchase some artisanal food.
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