Vineyards of the north-west region of Tasmania

Map showing North West wine region

This is one of the coolest and most marginal areas of Tasmania in which to grow wine grapes. The growing season generally starts later than the rest of Tasmania and thus later than the rest of Australia.

The north-west of Tasmania is home to a number of small, lifestyle or family-oriented wine producers. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the dominant grape varieties while less mainstream varieties such as Shonburger and Muller Thurgau also make an appearance.

Barringwood Park
Barringwood Park, Tasmania.
©Tourism Tasmania and Richard Eastwood
Map of Tasmania showing North West region
  1. Hawley Beach / Rubicon

    Established in 1988. The east-facing slopes around Hawley House run down to Rubicon Bay. On these slopes a 6.1-hectare vineyard produces intensely floral and aromatic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many Australian gold medals have been collected by both varieties. The proximity of the site to the sea is unique in Tasmania.
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  2. Ghost Rock

    Cate and Colin Arnold’s vineyard was first planted in 1989 and has expanded to three hectares. There is a cellar door and glass-wrapped cafe from which to enjoy the views to Bass Strait and the medal-winning wines.
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  3. Barringwood Park

    Ian and Judy Robinson’s four-hectare vineyard was planted in 1993 with the traditional cool climate varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as the more recently proven varieties of Pinot Gris, Schonburger and Pinot Meunier and a sparkling Pinot Noir-Chardonnay.

    The cellar door features the warmth and beauty of natural Tasmanian timbers and provides stunning views of the vineyard and the picturesque countryside towards Bass Strait. The wines collect medals and they are as splendid as the views.
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  4. Lake Barrington

    Charles and Jill Macek’s four-hectare vineyard, established in 1986, occupies a stunning site on the north-facing banks of Lake Barrington. The scenery alone is worthy of a trip to the vineyard.

    Award-winning wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and sparkling. Lake Barrington Estate has had success with its sparkling wine, Alexandra, which has won several trophies over the past few years.
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  5. Wilmot Hills

    Established in 1991, John and Ruth Cole’s 1.5-hectare vineyard is Tasmania’s highest. It has magical mountain views, a hand-built winery, terraced vines and espaliered fruit trees. Wines include Pinot Noir, Muller Thurgau, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Gamay and Schonburger.
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  6. Leven Valley Vineyard

    John and Wendy Weatherly’s one-hectare vineyard is situated at Gunns Plains. Located on the side of a north-facing hill, the vineyard is planted half to Pinot Noir and half to Chardonnay grapes. Soil type is predominantly sandy loam over limestone and the vines are drip-irrigated from a dam.
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