Bangor Vineyard’s story starts in 1830, when John Dunbabin, convicted of horse stealing, was transported to Van Diemen’s Land. Through sheer hard work he earned his freedom and bought his own land, paving the way for 5 generations of farming at Bangor. Today it is a 6200ha property on the Forestier Peninsula in one of the most southerly parts of Tasmania, with 5100ha of native forest, grasslands and wetlands, and 35km of coastline. Both Matt and Vanessa Dunbabin have PhDs in plant ecology and plant nutrition, putting beyond question their ability to protect this wonderful property – until 2000ha were burnt in the 2013 bushfires that devastated their local town of Dunalley and surrounding areas. They established a cellar door in partnership with Tom and Alice Gray from Fulham Acquaculture, also badly affected by the fires. Hence the Bangor Vineyard Shed was born. The vineyard is planted to 1.5ha each of pinot noir and pinot gris, and 1ha of chardonnay.
Bangor is a small family vineyard. We have 4ha of vines, growing pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay. At a latitude of 42°53’ South, Bangor’s vineyard is one of the most southerly in Tasmania, and the world, making it a true cool-climate site. We manage our vineyard to produce premium quality cool-climate wine. Bangor’s vineyard overlooks the seaside township of Dunalley. A well-drained clay-loam soil over ancient dolerite rock, combined with a northerly aspect, provides perfect growing conditions for premium quality Tasmanian wine. Being coastal, frost is not an issue for us, and the beautiful view over Dunalley and Blackman Bay makes working in the vineyard a joy! Our hand-tended vines are carefully nurtured, producing award-winning wine. We specialise in small-batch premium Tasmanian wine, made with minimal intervention.