Vineyards around Relbia in Tasmania

Map showing wineries around Relbia

South of Launceston and close to the airport, the area surrounding Relbia is developing into one of Tasmania’s significant wine-producing regions. Both Tamar Ridge and Josef Chromy have made substantial investments in plantings in the Relbia area.

The Relbia region’s mild summers and long hours of autumn sunshine help sustain the slow ripening period needed to achieve optimum fruit maturity. The low annual rainfall (average 680 millimetres) helps in the natural regulation of vine growth.

Map of Tasmania showing wineries around Relbia
Pinot Grapes
Pinot Noir grapes have put Tasmania on the wine map of the world.
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  1. Sharmans (Glenbothy Vineyard)

    Established in 1987, Mike and Philippa Sharman’s four-hectare Glenbothy vineyard, which includes a Bordeaux blend block, is in a natural basin on the banks of the North Esk River. The micro-climate provided by this site is ideal for growing high quality grapes. The Sharmans produce clean, elegant wines, characteristic of cool-climate wine growing areas. Their range of eight wines includes Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Malbec, Chardonnay barrel-fermented, Chardonnay unoaked, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay/Pinot sparkling. They produce a late harvest dessert wine when conditions are suitable.
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  2. Bundaleera Vineyard

    A two-hectare vineyard, planted by David Jenkinson in 1996. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are made at Rosevears Estate. The Bundaleera Vineyard is located in a small valley on the southern escarpment of the North Esk River. This micro-environment is ideal for cool-climate viticulture, producing premium grapes and providing a beautiful and tranquil setting to sample the trophy-winning Pinot Noir and award-winning Chardonnay and Riesling. Picking is done by hand to avoid damage to the fruit. As well as a sparkling Brut, Bundaleera also has a sparkling Rosé made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, bottle-fermented and absolutely luscious.
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  3. Kelly’s Creek

    This small Relbia vineyard is worth visiting if only for the high quality Riesling, which is their specialty. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced and the wines are made by Andrew Hood.
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  4. Josef Chromy Wines

    This 61-hectare vineyard produces highly sought-after grapes and the latest wines include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurtztraminer. A sparkling, Botrytis and Pinot port also round out the range. Everything is estate grown. The restaurant/cellar door is surrounded by vines and is the first stage of what is to be a unique tourism and lifestyle development that will include a function centre, providore and accommodation units. The Josef Chromy property is the perfect location to enjoy some of Tasmania’s finest cool-climate wines.
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  5. Jinglers Creek

    This two-hectare property, first planted in 1998, is 15 minutes’ drive from the Launceston city centre and overlooks the picturesque North Esk River valley. Jinglers Creek boasts 4,500 carefully selected vines of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The vineyard’s planted rows enjoy a bright easterly aspect and are far enough inland to be free from the adverse effects of sea breezes and coastal rainfall. The gentle slopes provide good air drainage and relief from seasonal frosts. The name comes from the creek that feeds the vineyard dam and which has been called Jinglers Creek since the early 1800s.
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