Tasmania is the most Southern winemaking region in Australia – with the cool climate ideal for producing medium bodied reds like Pinot Noir and a wide range of whites including Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
The temperate climate marked by strong winds whipping coming off the Bass Straight, Tasman Sea and the Indian Ocean. These cooler conditions mean that most wineries in Tasmania harvest later than mainland Australian wineries, typically around April.
The Coal River region northwest of Hobart and the Freycinet Peninsula region to the northeast of Hobart are warmer and have in recent years been gaining notoriety for their reds. A leisurely drive to the north of Launceston will find you in the heart of the Tamar Valley wine route, and only a short drive east from there finds you in Pipers River region.