When European migrants noticed similarities in the soils and climate between Tasmania and their homeland it was a natural progression to believe that the exceptional wines they had grown up with could be cultivated in their new home. So in the 1950’s a burgeoning wine industry began. Today Tasmanian wine is acknowledged around the world for its superb cool climate varietals.
Tasmania's climate is moderate. Mild winters and summers are complimented by perfect conditions in autumn for harvesting; temperatures are in the low 20's C and minimums are around 10 C. The advantage of this is it creates a long ripening period so the fruit can develop beautiful characteristics of flavour and acidity.
Dolerite-capped mountain ranges dot the landscape providing shelter to the vines. The soils have been formed from ancient sandstones and mudstones, river sediments and igneous rocks of volcanic origin. The terroir plays an important role in the development of the wine's unique characteristics and it one of the reasons why Tasmanian wines are so widely sort after.
While a wide range of varietals are grown in Tassie, including Riesling, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon, the region is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sparkling and Sauvignon Blanc.
There are 7 distinct wine regions.