Tasmania is home to the famous Tasmanian devil – the creature that inspired the Looney Tunes character, Taz. You may not know that Tasmania is also home to a vibrant wine region: The Tamar Valley. Located in the heart of northern Tasmania, Tamar Valley is the island’s main wine-producing region, producing 40% of all Tasmania’s wine. The terroir is one of the purest environments in the world. Tasmania itself is the oldest wine producing region in all of Australia. We’ve chosen four of the top Tasmanian wineries you should visit on your trip to Australia.
Tamar Valley, Tasmania
Be sure to take a guided tour of this winery. The winemakers take great pride in having a wine available for every palate because they want guests to feel absolutely welcome. Dry, fruity, sparkling, low and high alcohol content are all present. Tamar Ridge’s fruity elements and refreshing acidity are characteristics of wine from a cooler climate.
White wine: Chardonnay – Delicate aromas of peach and oak. Chardonnay grows well in Tasmania because of the long growing season. Grapes are hand harvested for this Chardonnay.
Red Wine: Pinot Noir – Complex fragrance of raspberry, strawberry, oak, and savory meats. Tannins in this variety are silky and pair well with most foods.
Founded by Olympian and International road cyclist Micheal Wilson, this winery produces six varieties. An onsite restaurant offers panoramic views of the Tamar Valley. Produce served is also locally grown in the valley. Wines have aromas of maraschino cherries and violets. Velo is home to Tasmania’s oldest cabernet sauvignon wines. Open seven days a week, this winery makes it convenient to schedule a visit. Varieties are selected from classic French vines and production includes hand picking, hand plunging, and basket pressing. Food available at the restaurant is cooked on both coal and wood fires, giving the dishes a lovely smoky taste.
White wine: Riesling – Floral notes with a hint of lime. Possessing a clarity with minerality, this Riesling pairs well with seafood.
Red wine: This cherry red wine has rich, fruity qualities with hints of anise and black pepper. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
Vines were first planted in 1983. Fruit harvesting is done by hand and a minimalist approach is taken to keep the process as natural as possible. Volcanic rock and the maritime climate influences the soil. 9 varieties of wine are available to sample. Additionally, they offer locally made cheeses, terrines, and salmon products so guests can “create their own picnic.” Dining is graced with the added beauty of the surrounding countryside no matter which way you look.
White wine: Arneis – Holm Oak is the sole producer of Arneis in Tasmania. This wine is the essence of summer: peach, honey dew, almond, and a hint of spice. The minerality makes this a great wine for pairing with food.
Red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon – Velvet finish with flavors of black current, cassia, chocolate, leather, and tobacco. Pairs well with cheddar cheese – be sure to ask for it when you visit the restaurant.
This place really allows visitors to soak up the flavor of Tasmania. Be sure to try their specialty, Riesling. Not only are 8 varieties of wine available, the restaurant offers a tasting of four whiskeys made locally. In March 2017, they completed the on-site winery. Interestingly, this is the first 100% solar powered winery in Tasmania. Prior to 2017, the winemaking was done at a secondary location. To ensure maximum quality, wine is produced in small batches. Tastings are free for up to groups of 10.
White wine: Riesling – This white wine is bright, floral, and zesty and pairs well with fish or pork.
Red wine: Pinot Rosé – On the palate, this wine has a red fruity flavor and crispness. Great for enjoying during the summer by itself or paired with food.
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