The Sparkling Corner sits in the north-east of the Tamar Valley. Many of the oldest sparkling wine producers in the state are located here and if you want to explore and learn more about Tasmanian sparkling wine, this is an excellent place to start.
Andrew Pirie is an intrinsic part of the Tasmanian sparkling wine story. For forty years he has applied his learning to select the best sites and grape varieties for Tasmania. His project Apogée, meaning the highest point, was named to represent what he describes as the culmination of 40 years of choosing sites and developing vineyards with a philosophy of creating wines that reflect their single origin.
The winery was founded upon the vision and spirit of our dedicated winemaking and viticultural team, who believed Tasmania would one day be the pre-eminent region in Australia to produce cool climate wines. To this end, we search for the individual ‘personalities’ in every variety and vineyard, to craft wines which are unique, alluring and distinctively Tasmanian but never compromise on consistency or quality.
Brook Eden vineyard in North East Tasmania is the culmination of a five year search for a vineyard site capable of producing truly exquisite, cool-climate still and sparkling wines. The family-owned, hand-tended vineyard is dedicated to producing wines with exceptional flavour and the distinctive cool-climate characteristics of this, the finest and oldest wine producing area of Tasmania.
Clover Hill is one of Australia’s principal chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier cuvées. In 1986, on the site of an old dairy farm in north-east Tasmania, the magnificent Clover Hill Vineyard was established by the Goelet family. Their aim was, and still is, to produce superb sparkling wine using traditional French methodology.
Delamere is one of Tasmania’s longest running family owned and operated wine estates, passing from the hands of Richard and Dallas Richardson to the dynamic young husband and wife team of Fran Austin and Shane Holloway. Focused on producing distinguished sparkling and still wines from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties, this young couple are producing wines that will ensure the vineyard is in safe hands for many more years to come.
Jansz was Tasmania’s first sparkling wine to be made according to the traditional méthod champenoise and, as the only Tasmanian specialist solely devoted to the art of sparkling winemaking, Jansz Tasmania has since come to describe the technique used in creating each of their definitive wines as Méthode Tasmanoise.
The cool coastal slopes and pristine environment of the Pipers Brook region in northern Tasmania provide an ideal environment for the production of premium sparkling wines. Sourced from a vineyard site which is dedicated to the production of sparkling wines, the fruit is picked by hand before being transported to the nearby winery to be delicately pressed.
45 minutes from Launceston
25 minutes from George Town
30 minutes from Bridport
Need a break from wine?
Barnbougle Dunes is situated just outside of Bridport and is Australia’s best golf course. The spa at Lost Farm is an ideal place to relax with a treatment or a meal in the restaurant.
Bridestowe Lavender Farm is located at Nabowla, just outside Scottsdale. The 265 acre lavender farm is in full bloom during December and January and has an array of attractions to tempt visitors all year round.
George Town & Low Head are on the coast 50 minutes from Launceston. The area has a long maritime history and you can visit the Pilot Station and the Light House. Meet the local penguins at the beach or enjoy seafood fresh from the boat.
Hillwood Berry Farm A family run farm half and hour north of Launceston, there is something for the whole family here. You can pick your own berries and currants or enjoy a treat in their café before you walk around the property to say hello to some of the animals.