History

Tasmania is the oldest wine-producing region in Australia.

The Tamar Valley is even the source of cuttings for the first vineyards to be planted in Victoria and South Australia.  Today, the valley produces 40 per cent of Tasmania’s premium quality wine.

As early as the mid 1800’s commercial vineyards operated in Windermere, a quaint riverside town on the Tamar’s lower eastern shore.

However, winemaking on a large scale didn’t prosper as well as the Victorian gold mines that lured most workingmen away.

Almost a hundred years later, in 1956, Jean Miguet, son of a winemaking family in Provence, France, planted the La Provence vineyard (now Providence) at Lalla, east of Launceston.  Fortunately, around that time, Australia’s drinking habits turned from ports and sherries to table wines and Tasmania’s wine industry started taking off.

The Heemskerk vineyard at Legana (now Velo), and the original home of Tasmania’s famous sparkling “Jansz”, was established in 1966 by Graham Wiltshire. By the early 70’s, Piper’s Brook, one of the Tamar Valley’s most recognised brands, was also established.

In 1994, Andrew Pirie, one of the industry’s most significant contributors, launched his Ninth Island Chardonnay at the International Wine Challenge in London, and came home with the Best White Wine trophy.  Hello world!

With a passion for tradition and a commitment to innovation, our winemakers continue the Tamar Valley’s premium quality tradition. Tasmania’s friendly temperate climate nurtures plump chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc and pinot gris grapes, producing wines of natural elegance and intensity. The valley also produces some of Australia’s best sparkling wines.

So for all our visitors, there’s a wine for all seasons and a taste for all times in the Tamar Valley Wine Route.