Vineyards of the east coast region of Tasmania

Map of east coast wineries

The east coast of Tasmania is home to the producers of some of the State’s best wines. While most of the vineyards are small, quality is high. Freycinet Vineyard is considered by some commentators to supply Tasmania’s most consistent and exciting Pinot Noir.

The east coast offers a higher Growing Degree Days (GDD) index than other viticultural areas of Tasmania, although careful site selection is an important factor for success.

With its combination of fresh seafood, sandy beaches and a warmer year-round climate than most of Tasmania, the east coast is perfect for enjoying a wine-tourism experience.

Map showing east coast wine region
  1. Freycinet Vineyard
    Freycinet Vineyard, Tasmania.
    ©Tourism Tasmania and Peter Baillie
    Freycinet

    Geoff and Susan Bull planted this 7.5-hectare vineyard, just south of Bicheno, in 1980. It sits in an east running valley and on land that mostly slopes north and east. One of Tasmania’s most highly acclaimed producers, their Pinots and Chardonnays consistently feature among Australia’s best. Their 2004 Freycinet Riesling took two trophies in the 2007 Tasmanian Wine Show – Best Riesling and Best Wine of Show. Visitors to the vineyard can enjoy an impressive view of the east coast and the Freycinet Peninsula.
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  2. Coombend

    At 110 hectares this is Tasmania’s second-largest vineyard. Cabernet grapes are their specialty. The Coombend vineyard was established in 1985. The wine is made at nearby Freycinet Winery.
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  3. Craigie Knowe

    This five-hectare vineyard, established by John Austwick in 1979, is at Cranbrook, halfway between Swansea and Bicheno. All the major Bordeaux varieties were planted here and the Cabernets have become legendary. After a few years cellaring the French-style Cabernet blend emerged as one of the best in Tasmania. Now in partnership with Ray Jensen, John Austwick produces consistently intense and elegant wines.
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  4. Spring Vale

    Set on an estate, with charming old farm buildings, Springvale produces wines of the highest quality. These are true estate wines from Rod and Lyn Lynes’ 6.5-hectare vineyard. Recently, their Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris has been creating a stir. The Chardonnay is also worth investigating.

    A stable, built by convict labour in 1842, has been converted in to a tasting room.
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  5. Darlington

    Paul and Louise Stranan’s two-hectare vineyard was first planted in 1993 and overlooks Darlington on Maria Island. The 5,000 vines, including Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, produce light and delicate medal-winning wines.
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