The Tamar Valley is Tasmania���s oldest and largest wine growing region renowned for cool climate wines most notably pinot and riesling varieties. The region is also home to the premier gourmet food and wine trail the Tamar Valley Touring Route which follows the majestic Tamar Valley 58 kilometres through the high-yielding vineyard country, orchards, scenic pastures and forests from Launceston to Bass Strait.
Many grape varieties do well in the Tamar Valley region because the river provides protection against frost. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc are notable, while varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon ripen with consistency.
The Tamar Valley produces about 40% of Tasmania���s wine.
Tamar Valley Wine Route
Following the signs from Launceston indicating the Tamar Valley Wine Route, wine lovers will be delighted by everything this beautiful region has to offer. Between Legana and Beauty Point there are numerous vineyards, several with stunning river views with most boasting cellar doors. Due to many of the vineyards being small and family-owned growers will often greet you and personally explain how their wine is made.