Regarded as the home of the world’s best sparkling wines outside only Champagne itself, there’s no wine region less crowded yet more picturesque in the whole of Australia. These are some of the best wine tours Tasmania has to offer.
1- Bay Of Fires Wines
Could you find a prettier tasting room in Australia?
This place has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out across mountains of native forest and 20 hectares of rolling vineyards. But that’s just the site – the wine coming out of it keeps winning awards all over the world, especially the Arras premium sparkling wines, which recently won a Gold Medal at the London International Wine Show and have long been regarded as amongst Australia’s finest sparkling wines.
40 Baxters Rd, Pipers River, 03 6382 7622.
2- Pipers Brook Vineyard
You’ll drive up a long dirt trail slowing for passing geese, getting glimpses of the ocean as you pass through hillside after hillside of ripening grapes before arriving at a medieval French-style winery.
Pipers Brook Vineyards’ Pinot Noirs are amongst the world’s best but equally impressive are the vineyard’s sparkling wines, the cream of which is the premium Kreglinger label – the only wine in the Southern Hemisphere to carry its own royal seal.
1216 Pipers Brook Rd, Pipers Brook, 03 6382 7527.
3- Jansz Tasmania
Located right next door to Pipers Brook Vineyard, visiting Jansz couldn’t be easier (they don’t call this little corner of Tasmania “Sparkling Tasmania” without good reason).
Long regarded as one of the world’s finest sparkling wine producers, there’s none of the pretence you’d expect with this kind of reputation (of which you’ll find in Champagne!).
In fact, the atmosphere at Jansz Tasmania couldn’t be more different entirely – the emphasis is on casual here, with the tasting room located within a cosy old farmhouse surrounded by grapes and looking out over a private lake.
1216B Pipers Brook Rd, Pipers Brook, 03 6382 7066.
4- Dalyrmple Vineyards
Located less than a kilometre from Jansz and Pipers Brook Vineyard you’ll soon see why visiting the Pipers River wine region is so easy… and rewarding.
This smaller vineyard is a real beauty queen – with views across tea trees, gums and rows of grapes to Bass Strait in the distance from the winery’s cellar door and outside picnic area.
Dalrymple’s Pinot Noirs are world-class, but equally cherished are the estate’s Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays.
1337 Pipers Brook Rd, Pipers Brook, 03 6382 7229
5- Delamere Vineyard
Nothing captures the rustic magic of Pipers River more than this pretty-as-a-picture vineyard – one of Tasmania’s longest running family owned and operated wineries.
From the moment you arrive down a winding bush track to the estate’s picturesque cellar door and Chilli the dog welcomes you, you’ll know you’re arrived in a special part of Tasmania. But there’s nothing cute about the wines here – Delamere Vineyard‘s sparklings, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are amongst the country’s finest. It’s also located very close to all wineries listed above.
4238 Bridport Rd, Pipers Brook, 03 6382 7190.
The writer was a guest of Tourism Tasmania.