The Heemskerk brand established by Graham Wiltshire when he planted the first vines in 1965 (in the Pipers River region) is a very different business these days. It is part of TWE, and sources its grapes from vineyards including the Riversdale Vineyard in the Coal River Valley for riesling; the Lowestoft Vineyard in the Derwent Valley for pinot noir; and the Tolpuddle Vineyard in the Coal River Valley for chardonnay. Unfortunately wines were not received for the 2020 Wine Companion, the winery rating has been retained.
Heemskerk hails from the pristine, cool-climate region of Tasmania and produces wines that capture the purity and elegance of this increasingly popular region. A modern expression of pure Tasmanian luxury, the Heemskerk tier focuses on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sparkling, while Abel’s Tempest by Heemskerk includes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling.
The original Heemskerk vineyard was developed by Graham Wiltshire in 1975 with partners Bill Fesq, a Sydney wine merchant and Colin Haselgrove from Reynella Wines. The trio recognised the potential of the Tasmanian wine industry early in the piece.
Tasmania's unique climate sets it apart from the majority of Australian wine growing regions, as it is the country’s only cool climate wine producing state. The pristine vineyards from which Heemskerk sources fruit have close proximity to the sea which keeps temperatures even and cool, and allows for long, slow, steady ripening.
Viticulturist Jamie Hewet works tirelessly to ensure we capture the best Tasmanian fruit and the Winemaker Peter Munro employs new world winemaking techniques with old-world influences to produce outstanding examples of the varieties that fare best in this region.
660 Blessington Road, White Hills, Tas 7258 (postal)
1300 651 650