The Share Plate Guide to... Northern Tassie Wineries
Considered Australia’s top sparkling wine region, Northern Tasmania has all the ingredients needed to constantly produce amazing quality wines. Here are our picks for a perfect mini-roadtrip filled with great scenery, food and most of all - wine!
This article is produced by Share Plate in partnership with Tourism Northern Tasmania. If you're curious about more places to Eat and Drink, head to the TNT website to build your itinerary. As you browse, add local spots to the route and watch as the Tourism Northern Tasmania site builds your trip for you!
Clover Hill, Lebrina
Elegance here is the word. Clover Hill stands out for it's adherence to the French Méthode Traditionelle in producing premium sparkling wines. In addition to a stunning property and cellar door, the Clover Hill product range has a well earned reputation for boutique excellence. Cheese platters are available each day, with share plates on offer during weekends and made from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. The contemporary architectural building design works with the landscape, overlooking picturesque Lebrina. A great spot to start - or finish - your road trip!
- They've been releasing their Blanc de Blancs since 1991 and there is a reason it remains popular thirty years later.
Visit at 60 Clover Hill Road, Lebrina.
House of Arras, Pipers River
Australia's most awarded sparkling wine? Winemaker Ed Carr has over 120 trophies to go with nearly 2,400 other awards, including 21 straight wins for Best Sparkling Wine at the Australian Capital City Wine Awards - it's impressive stuff. Helping to change the perception of Australian sparkling away from cheap plonk to sit alongside Champagne in world perception, it's well worth making a stop at their Bay of Fires Cellar Door to see what all the fuss is about.
- The Arras Vintage Rosé is a fantastic cool climate sparkling
Visit at 40 Baxters Rd, Pipers River.
Jansz, Pipers Brook
The first sparkling wine in Tasmania to be made to the Méthode Traditionelle, Jansz takes full advantage of the cooler climate, which allows the fruit to ripen slowly and develop intense flavours. Located overlooking a pristine lake, their Interpretative Centre is rich with information for those interested in finding out insights to the contemporary process now in use at Jansz. Not settling on their history, Jansz continues to impress, remaining one of the most popular sparkling wines in Australia.
- The Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a great example of place, layered and complex.
Visit at 1216B Pipers Brook Road, Pipers Brook.
Josef Chromy, Relbia
A full experience - the Josef Chromy name and label do everything well and with respect to tradition. The Cellar Door is inviting, but the range of tour experiences offered take a visit here to the next level - 'Go Behind the Label' for a real treat to the Chromy process. The restaurant café brings quality too, receiving a single hat for 2016-2018 in the Good Food Guide, as well as being voted in the Top 10 Cellar Doors nationwide. A menu revolving around seasonal local produce is paired expertly (of course) with the vineyard releases. Only 10minutes from Launceston too - this is an easy choice.
- The 2016 Gewurztraminer is great - crisp and lightly hinting at spice.
Visit at 370 Relbia Road, Relbia.
Sinapius, Pipers Brook
We profiled Sinapius in our Northern Tasmania issue - here's what we had to say:
Amongst a collection of over 30 wineries nestled into the Tamar Valley sits the award winning Sinapius - a minimal input, biodynamic and sustainable winery which reflects an artisan methodology. Wines released by owners Vaughn Dell and Linda Morice have a strong sense of place that reflects the land and climate where their grapes are grown – a pure terroir approach...
Want to know more? Buy the issue here!
- The Esmé Rouge, a beautiful berry laced drop.
Visit at 4232 Bridport Road, Pipers Brook.
See more of our favourites inside our Northern Tasmania issue, covering from Stanley in the northwest to the Bay of Fires in the east, through Burnie, Devonport and Launceston. We've jam packed 116 pages to bring you stories of our favourite eateries, farms, producers, wine, beer, spirits and social enterprises! Purchase here:
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