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Tasmania – a southern state of Australia and the only one that is not attached to the mainland. Recently, the state has demarcated 7 key wine-making sub-regions. From north to south these are North-West region (around the town of Devonport); Tamar Valley (around Launceston); North East region (around the Pipers Brook area); East Coast (around Bicheno); Coal River Valley (around Richmond); Derwent Valley (around Hobart) and the Huon/Channel Valley (around Cygnet).

The regions are spread equally north and south of the 42nd parallel (42 degrees south of the equator – see map below). Considering somewhere like Bordeaux is around the 45th parallel, by inverting the map, we see that Tasmania is a much cooler grape-growing region than many parts of France. The varieties that do well here are aromatic white varietals like Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurtztraminer but Chardonnay and and especially Pinot Noir lend themselves perfectly to the region.

Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and even Shiraz grow exceptionally well is some of the warmer sites such as Tamar River and Coal River.

Top producers include Stefano Lubiana (sparkling), Domaine A (dark, rich reds); Jansz (by Yalumba for well-priced, well-made sparkling wines) and Josef Chromy (sweet wines and whites). Constellation/Hardys also have a good operation in Tasmania, producing the Bay of Fires sparkling wines and sourcing the best fruit for Arras, their expensive, premium sparkling wine which retails in Australia for about US$110/bottle.

Wine Regions of Tasmania

Wine Regions of Tasmania

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