Map showing Derwent Valley wineries

Vineyards of the Derwent Valley region in Tasmania

The Derwent Valley vineyards are clustered around Berriedale and Granton on the west bank of the Derwent River as it flows towards Hobart and the sea. The Derwent Valley is ideally suited for grape growing.

Two major producers dominate the area. A range of modern facilities can be found at Moorilla Estate and Stefano Lubiana produces some of Tasmania’s best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, sparkling wines and Merlot.

Lubiana Vineyard
Lubiana Vineyard,
Derwent Valley, Tasmania.
©Tourism Tasmania and Geoff Murray

The Derwent Valley produces about seven percent of Tasmania’s wine.

Map of Tasmania showing Derwent Valley region
  1. Derwent Estate

    Derwent Estate is a 10-hectare family-owned vineyard on the banks of the Derwent River at Granton, just 20 minutes drive from Hobart. The vineyard is run by Andrew Hanigan, a fifth generation family member.

    Derwent Estate
    Derwent Estate, Tasmania.
    ©Tourism Tasmania and Peter Morse

    The property boasts two heritage-listed houses, built in the 1830s, one of which is the cellar door facility.

    The vines were planted in 1993. Varieties produced include Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is hand-tended by the Hanigan family.

    The skills of winemaker Julian Alcorso have seen Derwent Estate wines gaining awards too numerous to list in full. Their 05 Pinot was awarded Gold at the Tasmanian Wine Show and also at the 2007 International Cool Climate Wine Show. The 05 Riesling has won four gold medals and a trophy, and the 04 Pinot won Gold at the 2006 Royal Hobart Wine Show and at the 2007 Tasmanian Wine Show. Derwent Estate was judged Derwent Valley wine producer of the year for three years in a row.
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  2. Stefano Lubiana Wines

    After searching Australia, fifth-generation winemaker Steve Lubiana selected Tasmania for his cool-climate vineyard. Overlooking the tidal estuary of the Derwent River, 20 kilometres north of Hobart, Stefano Lubiana Wines is family-owned and operated, producing small quantities of hand-crafted wines. First planted in 1991, the Stefano Lubiana vineyard has expanded over the years to 18 hectares and varieties include Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Nebbiolo.

    Vines are laid out close to the river on gentle hillside slopes which rise gradually to approximately 100 metres above sea level. This offers excellent cold air drainage and frost protection during the critical growing and ripening seasons of spring and autumn. Several organic principles are applied, including composting and the introduction of guinea fowls to seek out weevil beetles. All pruning, shoot positioning, leaf-plucking, bird netting and fruit picking is done by hand.

    Innovative methods are used to extract maximum aroma, flavour and palate dimensions in the wines, including experimenting with yeasts and using whole bunch fermentation where appropriate. The modern, state-of-the-art winery facility can process up to 300 tonnes during vintage and incorporates a “thermo mass” barrel storage hall to prevent temperature fluctuations through varied seasonal conditions. It also permits regulation of temperatures during fermentation thus improving overall quality.
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  3. Laurel Bank

    Established in 1986, Kerry and Laurel Carland’s picturesque three-hectare vineyard at Granton has great views of the Derwent. The 21-year-old vines produce exceptional fruit and the skills of winemaker Andrew Hood have seen the wines succeed. In particular, the Pinot Noir and Cabernet-Merlot blend keep improving. The 1998 Sauvignon Blanc made Australia’s top ten in Winestate.
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  4. Moorilla Estate

    Established at Berriedale in 1958 by wine pioneer Claudio Alcorso, Moorilla Estate is a top Tasmanian boutique vineyard. It was the first vineyard to make major plantings of Pinot Noir grapes, now Tasmania’s most successful red-wine grape. The 3.5-hectare peninsula jutting into the Derwent River near Hobart yields Pinot Noir, Riesling and Gewurztraminer grapes.

    In addition to cellar door facilities, Moorilla Estate has an excellent restaurant, a stylish glass and steel Wine and Food Centre featuring contemporary art, five-star accommodation, a function centre and an on-site museum (currently under redevelopment and due to reopen in 2009). Live music and drama performances are hosted on a regular basis.

    In addition to its cool-climate wines, three boutique beers are produced under the label Moo Brew – American Pale ale; Hefeweizen (a German cloudy wheat beer) and a Pilsener.
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