Vineyards of the Pipers River region of Tasmania

Map showing Pipers River wine region

The Pipers River region was pioneered by Andrew Pirie. He established Pipers Brook Vineyard in 1974. The vineyard brought Tasmanian wine to the notice of wine-lovers in Australia, and around the world, by producing excellent wines and marketing them effectively.

Pipers River remains an important viticultural region of Tasmania in terms of quality and output. It produces about 30% of Tasmania’s wine.

With a climate close to that of Champagne in France, this region is known simply as ‘Sparkling Tasmania’. Many of Tasmania’s premium sparkling wines originate here. It is particularly suited to the aromatic white varieties.

The climate is cooler than many areas of Tasmania. The mean January temperature is around 16.5 degrees celsius. There are 1,600 hours of sunshine between October and April.

Pipers Brook Vineyard
Pipers Brook Winery, north-east Tasmania.
©Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore
Map of Tasmania showing Pipers River region
  1. Delamere

    Richard and Dallas Richardson bought this property in Pipers Brook in 1982 and are dedicated to the production of “single vineyard” wines.

    The grapes used to make their Reserve range of wines are estate grown. The Delamere vines are mature. Most of them were planted prior to 1986. The vineyard was expanded in 2002 with a hectare each of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, giving a total area of five hectares.

    Specialising in the Pinot Noir and Chardonnary varieties this vineyard makes both still and sparkling wines in a range of styles.

    As one of the first vineyards in Tasmania, the Richardson’s had to pioneer unfamiliar methods of viticulture and wine-making. While they were inspired by European techniques, applying them required significant adaptation.
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  2. Dalrymple

    In May 2007 Robert Hill Smith, managing director of the Yalumba group, acquired the Dalrymple vineyard from the Sundstrup family.

    The Dalrymple vineyard has 10 hectares of vines. Vines at Dalrymple are planted on sloping hills overlooking Bass Strait. Facing north-east for maximum sunlight hours, the vines thrive in ideal conditions and yield grapes of exceptional quality. Multi-award winning Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines from Dalrymple Vineyards utilise only estate-grown grapes and the wines are made in their newly-built winery. Unwooded Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are intended for earlier consumption whilst the wooded Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties do benefit from medium to long-term cellaring.

    Visitors to the Dalrymple Vineyard enjoy panoramic views of the vineyards and Bass Strait from the cellar door and picnic area.
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  3. Jansz Tasmania

    With red basalt soil and a cool climate moderated by the proximity of Bass Strait, the Jansz Tasmania vineyards are ideal for allowing grapes to ripen slowly and to develop the lingering acidity essential in a premium sparkling wine. Tasmania’s first dedicated sparkling wine vineyard, Jansz has become known as the benchmark Australian sparkling wine producer.

    Set amongst 21 hectares of vines is a magnificent wine room and interpretation centre where visitors can find out what makes Tasmanian sparkling wine among the best the world has to offer.
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  4. Pipers Brook Vineyard
    Pipers Brook Winery,
    north-east Tasmania.
    ©Tourism Tasmania and Garry Moore
    Pipers Brook

    This internationally acclaimed, pioneering vineyard produces classic, complex Pipers Brook and ninth island varietals, as well as Kreglinger sparkling. The wines are exported around the world.

    The cooler climatic conditions experienced by the more coastal Pipers Brook and Pipers River regions create a perfect environment for the production of sparkling wines due to the fruit’s retention of naturally high acidity and lower sugar accumulation. If the fruit is allowed to hang on the vines a little longer the premium table wine production of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling begins.
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  5. Brook Eden

    Over the years Peter McIntosh’s 2.5-hectare family-owned, hand-tended vineyard, planted in 1989, has produced wines with an enviable show record. It is now at its best with every one of their wines a medal-winner.
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  6. Clover Hill & Lalla Gully

    Clover Hill was established in 1986 as a dedicated sparkling wine estate planted solely to traditional sparkling wine varietals – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

    The 66-hectare property overlooking Bass Strait has a similar climate to the Champagne region of France. Vines are close spaced and planted on deep, red volcanic soil in a frost-free amphitheatre, orientated north-south to maximise sunlight exposure.

    Clover Hill produces a benchmark prestige sparkling wine, handcrafted from premium grapes which thrive in the rich soil and cool climate.

    Established in 1992, Lalla Gully vineyard was purchased by Taltarni in 1998. The property is dedicated to the production of cool-climate aromatic white varietals and Pinot Noir. Vines are planted on elevated red soil slopes around a gully that provides natural shelter from strong winds. The focus is on optimizing sunlight interception and fruit ripening via canopy management techniques. Most of the vineyard is planted on a lyre trellis system.
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  7. Providence

    First planted by Frenchman Jean Miguete in 1956, and set on the northern slopes of Brown Mountain, this vineyard heralded the rebirth of the Tasmanian wine industry. Providence has been expanded to two hectares and Stuart Bryce is producing Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Semillon wines that have collected a number of trophies and awards.

    The cellar door also has a wide range of wines from other small Tasmanian vineyards.
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  8. Bay of Fires Winery

    Sparkling wine made from grapes grown in the extremes of Tasmania’s cool climate exhibit a steely leanness, finely balanced by intensity of fruit flavour. The Bay of Fires sparkling wines are fine examples of this. Moderate yields and cool growing conditions result in wines which are an expression of the grapes, soil and climate that produce them.

    Bay of Fires winery has a dedicated group of Tasmanian winegrowers. The vineyard is home to the Bay of Fires and Tigress range of still and sparkling wines and also to Australia’s prestige vintage sparkling wine, Arras.
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