Vineyards of the Coal River Valley region in Tasmania

Map of Coal River Valley region

The Coal River valley is a 20-minute drive from Hobart and is the fastest growing wine area in Tasmania. Major irrigation projects have transformed the Coal River valley into a viticultural haven where some of Tasmania’s best winemakers are producing award-winning wines. Many well-established producers are situated in the Coal River valley, while newly developed vineyards contribute to the dynamic nature of the area.

The valley’s restaurant and cellar door facilities are excellent and form an important part of the Southern Wine Route.

The Coal River valley produces about 18% of Tasmania’s wine.

Domaine A Vineyard
Domaine A / Stoney Vineyard cellar door
© Tourism Tasmania and Peter Baillie

At the 2004 Tasmanian Wine Show, wines from the Coal River valley won half of all the trophies and gold medals, and won more gold and silver medals than any of the other five wine-producing regions in Tasmania. The area consistently produces some of Tasmania’s best wines.

An international spotlight fell on the Coal River valley when, in 1997, at the World Wine Competition, wine from Stoney Vineyard won the first three gold medals. Today wine experts from all over the world visit the valley’s vineyards.

Map of Tasmania showing Coal River Valley region

coal valley vineyard

At coal valley vineyard enjoy award-winning wines, gourmet food and superb water views – less than 15 minutes from the centre of Hobart.

Coal Valley Vineyard
Tranquil view of Barilla Bay across the vines of Coal Valley Vineyard in southern Tasmania.
  1. Domaine A / Stoney Vineyard

    In a sheltered part of the Coal River valley is the Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard. The area enjoys a long, dry and mild growing season so that the grapes ripen well into autumn, producing boutique wines which are exported to Europe, the USA and Asia.

    Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon was Tasmania’s first wine to be included on the prestigious Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine.

    The Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard, with just 11 hectares planted primarily to Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, is managed by hand, with minimal use of sprays. Because of the very low rainfall and light winds there is no problem with rot.
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  2. Charles Reuben Estate

    Tim and Leonie Krushka’s 3.5-hectare vineyard is a small family-run winery producing well-priced, mature and hand-made wines. The location in the Tea Tree valley optimises climate, soil and aspect. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon/Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown.
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  3. Palmara

    This 0.9-hectare vineyard and small on-site winery is owned and operated by Allan Bird and his family. Wines include a unique blended white Montage, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignon and a rare Seigerrbe Exotica wine.
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  4. Puddleduck Vineyard

    The Puddleduck Vineyard is owned by Darren and Jackie Brown who had worked in the wine industry for most of their adult lives and dreamed of owning their own label and cellar door. They realised their dream, buying land in the Coal River valley in 1996. In 2005 they opened a cellar door where Puddleduck Vineyard wines can be tasted accompanied with local Tasmanian cheeses and seasonal fruits. Wines currently being made include Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir and a sparkling Bubbleduck. All have won awards (www.puddleduckvineyard.com.au).
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  5. Craigow Vineyard

    This picturesque 11-hectare vineyard, established in 1989 by Barry and Kathy Edwards, is part of the historic property of Craigow. An original workmans cottage was converted into a cellar door outlet for wine tastings and sales. Winemaker Julian Alcorso has already produced a number of award-winning wines for Craigow, with Pinot Noir being the backbone of the range. Good Gewurtztraminer, Riesling and Chardonnay are also produced.
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  6. Meadowbank Estate

    Wine has been produced under the Meadowbank label for 25 years from fruit grown in Meadowbank’s Derwent Valley vineyard at Glenora. The property was purchased by Gerald and Sue Ellis in 1976. Today, Meadowbank Wines also owns the Meadowbank Vineyard at Cambridge in the Coal River valley. Set amidst 10 hectares of vines with sweeping water views and within easy reach of Hobart, the Meadowbank property offers excellent tasting facilities, an award-winning restaurant, art gallery and function facilities. Meadowbank is a popular venue for enjoying the best Tasmania has to offer in food, music, art, wining and dining.

    Meadowbank has long produced some of Tasmania’s finest and most collectable wines, consistently winning wine show trophies and medals, particularly since 1999. The Pinots and Cabernets are intense. The Chardonnays are regular medal-winners and the sparkling wine “Mardi” exemplifies Tasmania’s success as a source of fruit for Australia’s premium sparkling wines.
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  7. Hood Wines

    Established in 1990, Hood Wines is the largest contract winemaker in Tasmania, with production around 750 tonnes from over 30 vineyards. They also produce a range of award-winning cool climate styles under their own Wellington, Frogmore Creek and Roaring 40s labels. Chief winemaker, Andrew Hood, is renowned in the industry as responsible for the overall lift in quality of Tasmanian wines over the past 15 years. He believes that the fruit is the most important ingredient in winemaking. He produces some unusual sweet wines and what may be the only Pinot Noir port still produced in the world. His wines consistently win more than half of all awards at Tasmanian wine shows.

    “Wellington” is the signature label and the wines are fruit-driven with only enough additional intervention (wood particularly) to provide subtle complexity and enhancement to the basic fruit flavours. The Roaring 40s label started in 2004 when Hood Wines started making a younger-drinking, fruit driven, slightly lower price range of wines. See below for Frogmore Creek wines.
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  8. Frogmore Creek

    The Frogmore Creek Vineyard, established in 1996, was founded on the principle of striving for excellence in farming methods, wine production, service and hospitality. Frogmore Creek is Tasmania’s first certified organic vineyard. Co-owner, Tony Scherer, has been an expert in organic farming for more than 20 years and emphasises that the key to the success of Frogmore Creek is healthy plants. He also says, “I want very much to be part of Tasmania’s clean and green future and to make great wine. Not simply any wine, but great wine.”

    The Frogmore Creek property is 436 hectares, with 180 hectares suitable for vines. Current varietals include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Because the Frogmore Creek wines are made from 100 percent organically grown grapes, the fruit produced is more “alive”, giving the true flavour that nature intended. While a healthier wine is a side benefit, Frogmore Creek distinguishes itself by producing a better quality grape from which to produce award-winning wines. The 2002 Reserve Pinot Noir is among the most awarded of Frogmore Creek wines. At the 2005 Tasmanian Wine Show it was awarded Gold and received the People’s Choice Trophy. It was Best Wine of Show in 2004.
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  9. Coal Valley Vineyard

    Owned by Todd Goebel and Gillian Christian, the five-hectare Coal Valley Vineyard was originally planted in 1991 on a steep north facing slope. The first vintage was in 1995. A “hands on” approach is used in the vineyard, ensuring the best quality fruit possible is grown and used to make the wine. Varieties include Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo ... more »
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