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Discover the wineries of the Tasmania wine region of Tasmania. Use our 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.
Discover the wine and wineries in Tasmania
Tasmania can claim to have founded both the Victorian and South Australian wine industries. Wine was being commercially made and sold in Tasmania several years before vines were planted in either of those States, and it was the source of the first vines for those States. When William Henty sailed from Launceston to Portland (in Victoria) on board the schooner Thistle in 1834, his personal effects included ‘one cask of grape cuttings and one box of plants’. John Hack planted vines in South Australia in 1837 – he is said by some authorities to be the first to do so, although the records are not conclusive – and John Reynell followed in 1838; both men obtained their cuttings from Port Arthur in Southern Tasmania.
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