What once was an extension of the Tamar Valley, the Pipers River wine region and by extension the Pipers River wineries in Tasmania are making a name for themselves. With a cool climate and coastal breeze from the Bass Strait, this wine region in Tasmania is most recognized for producing some of Australia’s most awarded and regarded sparkling wine.
The Pipers River wine region is home to the House of Arras which you may already be familiar with as the House of Arras is Australia’s most awarded sparkling wine brands. And while you can visit household name wineries like House of Arras (Bay of Fires) and Janz, we prefer to save the big names for Dan Murphys and check out wineries that we otherwise might not have heard of. Ones that are smaller and offer a more intimate setting.
Lucky for you, there are plenty of plenty of world-class Pipers River wineries for you to enjoy and explore! We have listed our four favorites to help get you started in planning your trip to the Pipers River wine region in Tasmania!
The Best Pipers River Wineries
Delamare Vineyards is one of the best Pipers River wineries and our first foray into the delicious sparkling wines from Tasmania. Keeping in theme with the wines found throughout Tasmania, Delamere Vineyards plants only chardonnary and pinot nior grapes. It won’t take you long, really after your first sip, to realize that despite planting only two types of grapes, Delamare Vineyards have perfected their craft.
With a wide array of both sparkling and table wines, you are sure to find one that you love. At their cellar door you can choose from four different types of flights, a sparkling, white, red and a prestige flight. Each flight showcases their best products allowing you to taste some of their high-end ranges such as their vintage cuvee and their single “block” vintages for both their red and white varietals.
Bookings are enouraged to ensure you can sit outside on their lovely veranda. The tastings range between $10 – $20 and are not waived with purchase.
Located on the adjacent property to Delamere Vineyards is the lovely Sinapius Wines. Unlike other wineries in the area, Sinapius Wines focuses more on still wines over the sparkling wines for which the region is renown. Sinapius Wines is also unique in that their vineyard is a high density vineyard meaning they plant between 7,700 and 10,250 vines per hectare!
While visiting the Pipers River wineries, a stop at Sinapius is encouraged. Their range of wines rivals any of their nearby competitors and their staff at the cellar door were more than inviting.
The range of wines at Sinapius include roses, a blanc de blanc, a chardonnay, a gruner veltliner, a gamay and a range of pinot niors. The gamay was a particular highlight as there are few gamay wine producers located in Tasmania and perhaps my first taste of gamay as a standalone wine.
Reservations are not required for a tasting at Sinapius and the price of the tasting is waived with the purchase of a bottle of wine.
Clover Hill Wines
We might be a little bit bias with personal ties to Clover Hill Wines, but hands down Clover Hill Wines is one of the best Pipers River wineries to visit. Previously holding the award as the best Tasmanian vineyard, Clover Hill Wines exudes excellence, elegance, and quality.
Clover Hill Wines produces their sparkling wine in the traditional champagne method and produces the three traditional varieties, chardonnay, pinot nior and pinot meunier.
Enjoy a delectable tasting of six wines sparkling in their state of the art cellar door overlooking their beautiful Pipers River vineyard in Pipers Brook, Tasmania. While not required, bookings are encouraged to ensure you do not miss this opportunity!
Clover Hill Wines also has a range of still wines under the label Idiom. This range includes a rose, pinot gris, chardonnay and of course pinot nior. These wines are not included as part of the tasting, but are available at the winery.
Apogee Tasmania is a small boutique winery in the Pipers River wine region that should be a must on anyone’s Pipers River wineries bucket list. While Apogee may be unknown to many, you may have heard of the man behind the operations, Andrew Pirie.
Andrew Pirie is one of Australia’s most recognized winemakers over the last 40 years and the pioneer of wine making in the Pipers River wine region. Influential in the Pipers Brook Vineyard (just 15km north of Apogee) as well as Ninth Island, you may have already tasted some of his craft. And with his most recent accomplishments as producing one of the top 3 sparkling wines in Australia, you aren’t going to want to miss this one!
Visiting Apogee Tasmania is by appointment only, so make sure you plan ahead if you want to taste these delectable wines! The visit includes a tour of the facilities and wine tasting.
Update: Apogee Tasmania was recently announced as being one of the best new wineries in Australia in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion!
It is no secret that Tasmania is producing some of Australia’s best wines and any sparkling wine lover will no doubt enjoy their time visiting the Pipers River wineries!
Looking for something else to do in the Pipers River wine region? Consider visiting Fork It Farm for a delicious picnic in the paddock! Fork It Farm is open Wednesday – Sunday (Sat./Sun. dependent on market days) for a picnic and farm tour. Trust us, you are going to be hungry so what better way to support the area than grabbing a delicious charcuterie meal straight from the farmers!
Interested in visiting more wineries in the area? The Tamar Valley is known for its beautiful wineries along the banks of the Tamar River and also has some of the best wineries in Tasmania!
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