Southern Tasmania Wine Region By James Halliday

Discover the wineries of the Southern Tasmania wine region of Tasmania. Use our Southern Tasmania region guide and map to help you plan your next winery visit and to learn more about this region. This content is taken from James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, which is available to buy in the Wine Companion bookshop.

Fast Facts

  • Latitude:
    42°45’S (Hobart)
  • Altitude:
    50–175 m
  • Heat degree days:
    1013
  • Growing season rainfall:
    360 mm
  • Mean January temp:
    16.8°C
  • Harvest:
    April to early June
  • Chief viticultural hazard:
    Spring frost

Discover the wine and wineries of Southern Tasmania

Discover Southern Tasmania with James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

If Jean Miguet was the modern-day harbinger of viticulture in the north, Claudio Alcorso filled the role in the south when he planted vines on the banks of the Derwent River in 1958, thus founding Moorilla Estate. He did so not knowing Miguet had beaten him by two years, but shared with Miguet the scorn of the state Department of Agriculture, and the difficulty of self-taught winemaking with no one to turn to for advice in the early years. It was not until the second half of the 1970s that Moorilla Estate realised the potential it always had.

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