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Northern Tasmania

Several Tasmanian wine producers took advantage of the pandemic to transform their cellar door offerings with both our two regional winners opening impressive new tasting facilities. It was a challenging year on the island that produces just 1% of Australia’s wine but 4% of the value with a focus of sparkling, pinot noir and chardonnay. Cellar door sales are hugely important in Tasmania because many of the producers are family operators without overseas or interstate sales. That also means visitors can expect personalised service – although the boutique nature of many businesses means it is always worth phoning ahead to make sure they are open. Many operators will willingly open their doors if they think you are seriously interested.
Winsor Dobbin

Joe and Lou Holyman of Stoney Rise Wine Company.

Stoney Rise Wine Company

Star Cellar Door

0418 853 924

The 2021 Northern Tasmania star cellar door is stellar newcomer Stoney Rise/Holyman, in the western Tamar Valley. Joe and Lou Holyman have been making wine in this glorious setting for more than 15 years, and recently used the lockdown period to replace their tiny tasting room with a much grander and more spacious facility with dramatic views. The new space – designed by local studio Cumulus – serves gourmet plates and brackets of wines, something nigh on impossible in the old space. Meanwhile, Lou pours the wines under the Stoney Rise, Holyman and No Clothes labels.  The Holymans focus on pinot noir and chardonnay, which flourish here, along with grüner veltliner and trousseau. Some of the original vines date back to 1986, positively ancient in Tasmanian terms. WINSOR  DOBBIN

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2020 Stoney Rise Grüner Veltliner, A$32

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