Set along the banks of the Tamar River, this area stretches for 60 kilometers between the town of Launceston and the Bass Strait Sea. Several dozen vineyards, restaurants and cellar doors are established amongst the sweeping hills, meadows and forests, overlooking the riverbed. Moderate maritime weather conditions flow down from the Bass Strait, but the valley shelters the vines from any wild sea gales, producing well nurtured fruit and wines.
This region is a renowned producer of some of Australia's finest sparkling wines, the three varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay thriving to form the perfect drop. The climate of this area is similar to that of Champagne in France, the sea breezes from the nearby Bass Strait balancing day and night temperatures enabling consistent grape growing and long ripening conditions. Pipers River sits east of the Tamar Valley, leading into Noland Bay at the north of Tasmania. The location consists of a small farming township, premier winemaking now becoming the heart of its activity.
Lime-clay soils, fertile farm lands and a twisting road lined with deciduous trees, lead to the historic sandstone village of Richmond- where the oldest functioning bridge and Catholic Church in Australia can be found. This valley is becoming increasingly popular for grape growing, winemakers flocking to find land where and while they still can. Only 15 minutes from Hobart, the picturesque cellar door trail is popular amongst tourists (and cyclists), with a combination of impressive modern cellar doors and old stone cottages.
Surrounded by granite peaks, turquoise oceans and some of Tasmania's most famous National Parks- including the Freycinet Hazards, 'Wineglass' Bay and the Friendly Beaches- this is a region to celebrate spectacular moments with a glass of local wine and a natural oyster plucked straight from the sea. The region is slightly dryer offering good natural conditions for grape growing, with a diverse range of soils and land types fluctuating along this lengthy coastal road between seaside towns. Central to this route is Swansea- the oldest rural municipality in Australia.
Located in the highlands, north-west of Hobart, this region sits along the Derwent River whose waters come all the way in from Storm Bay, travelling beneath the arching Tasman Bridge and beyond. North facing slopes on the westerly banks provide sunnier and frost free conditions for the vineyards in this area. Bordering with Mount Field National Park, this section of the river is famous for its fresh water trout, matching perfectly with the local wines.
This fertile region is what gave the 'apple isle' its iconic title, occupying many orchards and famous amongst locals for its quality mushrooms. The Huon Valley is a food bowl, occupying a wealth of produce, ranging from fruit, vegetables, dairy, livestock and seafood, with an array of local farmer's markets. The Huon Valley is growing in popularity for winemaking; situated 43˚ latitude on the world map mirroring Bourdeaux's global position, and like many successful wine regions is complimented by river and coastline. Bruny Island is just off the Huon trail, home to Australia's most southerly vineyard and first plantation of Tasmanian vines.