Vineyards of the Huon Valley region of Tasmania

Map showing Huon Valley wineries

South of Hobart, the Huon Valley follows the course of the Huon River as it flows into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Both the Huon Valley in Tasmania and the Bordeaux region in France lie at 43 degrees on the map of the world. Both have a maritime climate and the rainfall has a similar pattern.

Vineyard locations in the Huon Valley region are carefully chosen to give maxiumum exposure to the sun and protection from cold southerly winds. They are sited around rivers and bays, taking advantage of the tempering effects of large bodies of water.

Home Hill Vineyard Restaurant
Home Hill Vineyard Restaurant, Huon Valley, Tasmania.
©Tourism Tasmania and Home Hill

Harvest in Tasmania’s south is between April and late May, around two weeks earlier than in the north. Some varieties such as Riesling, however, ripen as late as June. Key grape varieties in the south are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Table wine and sparkling wine are the predominant styles.

Map of Tasmania showing Huon Valley wineries
  1. Wharncliffe Vineyard

    Henk and Alison Brolsmas’ tiny 0.3-hectare vineyard is only 10 minutes drive from Hobart. It is on the doorstep of the Huon and Channel regions, with views of Mount Wellington and the Derwent River. The vineyard, planted in 1991, started a new phase in Wharncliffe’s 170-year history and offers a unique Tasmanian experience. Wharncliffe Vineyard produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a Sparkling Brut, from 100 percent Chardonnay grapes. Winetasting at the homestead is by appointment. Call 0438 297147
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  2. Home Hill Winery

    A five-hectare vineyard producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it also has a winery, cellar door and award-winning restaurant. The grape varieties grown by Home Hill are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sylvaner. The wines produced include Pinot Noir Reserve, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Unwooded Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Sparkling Cuvee and a late harvest Sticky. The wines in recent years, particularly the Pinots, have consistently won Tasmanian and national gold medals and trophies.
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  3. Elsewhere Vineyard

    Established in 1984, this well maintained 13-hectare vineyard has a beautiful location on the bank of the Huon River at Glaziers Bay. Beyond the river are the peaks of Tasmania’s south-west wilderness and Hartz Mountains.

    More than half the vineyard is Pinot Noir with the balance in Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. To ensure high-quality fruit, yields are carefully managed to be kept around six tonnes per hectare. The vineyard is dry-grown and the vines are pruned and picked by hand. Picking for the still wines usually takes place in mid-May. The long, slow ripening period enables maximum flavour development prior to sugar ripeness.

    Since 1990 acclaimed Tasmanian winemaker Andrew Hood has made the Elsewhere still wines. His superb Pinot Noirs and Rieslings are widely acknowledged as cool-climate wines of subtlety and distinction.
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  4. Panorama Vineyard

    Owned and operated by Michael and Sharon Vishacki, this nine-hectare boutique-style vineyard just outside the township of Huonville was the first commercial vineyard in the Huon Valley. Panorama Vineyard is on the eastern bank of the Huon River in a sheltered region that was once the centre of high quality orchards and the apple export industry. The vineyard produces a selection of elegant wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. As well as grape wines, a soft apple wine, fruit ports and liqueur are produced. The Pinots, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blanc are multi-award winning with trophies, gold, silver and bronze medals to their credit.

    Panorama Vineyard enjoys an exceptional micro-climate. As a low altitude area it has a cool temperate climate with moderate summers, high sunshine hours and mild winters. The long slow-ripening period allows for optimal development of fruit flavour. In summer, leaves are removed to expose fruit to the sun and nets are placed over each row, ensuring ripeness at vintage and top quality fruit. While this work is time consuming, it reflects in the quality of the wine. Grapes are harvested by hand and only fruit in pristine condition is used. Pruning is done by hand and is another opportunity for vines to be closely inspected and monitored. After maturation in premium French oak, the end result of all this care is a superior quality wine which has minimal preservative.
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  5. Hartzview Vineyard
    Hartzview Vineyard, Tasmania.
    ©Tourism Tasmania and Peter Whyte
    Hartzview Vineyard

    Robert and Anthea Patterson’s three-hectare hillside vineyard, established in 1988 on the site of an old gooseberry farm, looks across the Huon River to the Hartz mountains. Wines under the Hartzview label are Riesling, Chardonnay (wooded and unwooded), Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and a sparkling Pinot Noir. There are also fruit ports, liqueurs and mead.

    A background in environmental studies has had a significant influence on Robert Patterson’s vineyard management philosophy. Minimal fungicide and weedicide are used. The trellis system allows for maximum sun exposure and ripening of the grapes. Most of the surrounding area can be mowed and the clippings are used as mulch to suppress weeds and retain moisture under the trellises. Vines are planted on slopes allowing good cold air drainage to prevent problems with frosts. All-organic fertilisers are used. During the summer, when the grapes are ripening, the whole vineyard is netted to protect the fruit from birds. The grapes are hand-picked.
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  6. Herons Rise Vineyard

    Planted in 1984, Gerry & Sue White’s one-hectare vineyard overlooks the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island and has been producing wine under the Herons Rise label since 1991. Oriented to the north-east, the vineyard is planted with three grape varieties. White wine is made mainly from Muller Thurgau – a cool-climate variety which does well in this latitude. It produces an aromatic wine made in a dry style. A small quantity of sweeter white is also produced. Riesling is grown and selectively harvested in warmer seasons to blend with the Muller. The red wine produced is made from Pinot Noir grapes.
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