All across Tasmania there are sparkling gems to be discovered…
It is no accident that some of Tasmania’s most famous sparkling wine producers can all be found in the same location. Situated in the North East of the Tamar Valley, a short distance from the towns of Bridport and George Town you will find Bay of Fires and the House of Arras, Delamere Vineyards, Jansz, Clover Hill, Pipers Brook, Brook Eden and Dr Andrew Pirie’s new project Apogée.
The Tamar Valley has some quite distinct areas; the Sparkling Corner, Relbia, the West Tamar and the lower East Tamar. With a wider portfolio of wine styles, sparkling will be amongst several wines available at each stop. From the small but perfectly formed Blanc de Blancs from Moores Hill to the excellent range of bubbles at Josef Chromy, there is something for everyone to be found here.
You may not find as many famous names in the North West areas surrounding Devonport, Sheffield and Port Sorrel but it would be a mistake to miss this area out. The cooler climate creates a perfect environment for growing grapes for sparkling wines and you will be well rewarded by dropping into wineries such as Ghost Rock and Barringwood Park.
Not only is the area around Freycinet and Swansea stunning, it is also the home of some aromatic and impressive wines. Claudio Radenti’s eponymous sparkling is legendary for a reason, spending at least 10 years in his cellars before release you will have to be quick to get a bottle. The other wineries, Spring Vale, Devil’s Corner, Milton and Gala Estate all produce quality sparklings to compliment the other local delicacy, oysters.
Go barely a hop and a skip from Hobart’s town centre and you will find many local wineries in every direction. The Derwent Valley, the Coal River Valley, the Huon and the South East all have plenty to offer.