Tuscany, Tasmania

Tuscany is the oldest wine region in Italy, with a long history dating back over 2700 years. The region is on the Western coast of Italy, stretching from the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea all the way to the Apennine mountains, with the majority of the region being quite hilly.

Contributing to around 6% of Italy's total wine output, Tuscany is the third most planted region, but only the eight biggest producer. Much of this can be attributed to the hilly terroir and poor soils leading to lower yields, but generally higher quality wines. The region produces far more red than white wine, and is responsible for two of the most famous Italian red wines, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

Chianti was first classified in 1716, and the region of Tuscany now has 29 DOC and 7 DOCG classifications. In the 1970s 'Super Tuscan' wines emerged of supreme quality, commanding very high prices. Although they were initially produced outside the DOC or DOCG zones, most of the regions have since been classified, though some producers still opt to use the simpler and less restrictive IGT labelling.

The famous red wine Chianti is based on the the Sangiovese variety, though is most commonly blended with Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The blending of multiple grapes is common, even Bordeaux blends can be found. White wines produced include Vermentino, Vernaccia, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.
Apart from being the most southerly wine region in Australia, Tasmania has among the coolest growing subregions with the potential to make distinctly different wines than in the rest of the country.

Most well known for cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (thus sparkling too), Sauvignon Blanc smaller plantings of Riesling, Cabernet and Pinot Gris (more commonly Pinot labelled Pinot Grigio)

Historically, Tasmania can lay claim to being the founder of both the Victorian and South Australian wine industries as William Henty sailed from Launceston to Portland (in Victoria) in 1834 and planted grape cuttings there. Though not conclusively proven, it's believed that John Hack planted vines in South Australia in 1837, closely followed in 1838 by John Reynell.

Warmer vintages (possibly attributable to global warming) has had positive effects on region's industry, allowing grapes in recent vintages to achieve full phenolic ripeness, making for vibrant wines that have been widely accepted as world class.
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  1. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2019
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
  2. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2017
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
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  3. Frogmore Creek Riesling 2018
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. ... Learn More
  4. Frogmore Creek Riesling 2017
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. ... Learn More
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  5. Frogmore Creek 'Fgr' Riesling 2018
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. Very floral aromas dominated by honeysuckle. The Palate has good balanced sugar, acid with fresh lime flavours. FGR is a wine acronym ... Learn More
  6. Frogmore Creek Fumé Blanc 2017
    This Tasmanian delight is a tropical cocktail of flavours. An oaky style, it has sweet aromas of melon, pineapple and lifted herbs followed by candied lemon flavours. It’s well balanced, nutty and light with fantastic acidity and length. Try ... Learn More
  7. Holm Oak Riesling 2019
    The 2019 Riesling is a fine and delicate wine with lovely aromatics and a minerally/slatey palate. The nose displays aromas of lime leaf and jasmine with some spiced apple characters, whilst the palate shows mineral characteristics with fantastic fruit purity ... Learn More
    Holm Oak Riesling 2019
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    James Halliday
  8. Hughes & Hughes Riesling 2020
    Hughes & Hughes is a joint venture between Jonny and Matt Hughes, two Tasmanian born wine-heads. Matt works the grapes, Jonny makes the wines, taking what he learnt from seven years as assistant winemaker at Moorilla and re-imagining it for his ... Learn More
  9. Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2018
    Fresh and creamy, this delicious Tasmanian Chardonnay has tasty floral and lightly toasted nut aromas all balanced by subtle oak and minerality. It’s lush and creamy with nectarine, peach and citrus flavours and zippy acidity. Cellar it for 2+ years ... Learn More
  10. Josef Chromy Botrytis Riesling 2017 (375Ml)
    Spiced lemon, sweet blood orange and preserved peach flavours meld seamlessly with classic Riesling talc and subtle Botrytis characters and natural cool climate acidity to create a wine of complexity, structure and length. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  11. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as a slightly more ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  12. Renzo Masi Basciano Chianti Riserva Docg 2016
    Winner of a Gold medal at the Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Award for Meininger's Magazine 2018. A nose of complex earthy spices and a more obvious oak character (16 months in 40% new French Barriques) speak of the quality of this wine ... Learn More
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  13. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are a slightly more ... Learn More
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  14. Stefano Lubiana Riesling 2019
    100% estate-grown, single-vineyard, certified biodynamic Riesling from soils that are predominantly silty grey gravelly loam over sandstone with some clay loam patches. The fruit is hand picked, then fruit is sorted by hand on a vibrating table. Tasmania’s ultra cool ... Learn More
  15. Stefano Lubiana Riesling 2018
    100% estate-grown, single-vineyard, certified biodynamic Riesling from soils that are predominantly silty grey gravelly loam over sandstone with some clay loam patches. The fruit is hand picked, then fruit is sorted by hand on a vibrating table. Tasmania’s ultra cool ... Learn More
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  16. Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2019
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
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  17. Dalrymple Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2018
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
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  18. Small island Rose 2020
    Campbell Mattinson: "Brilliant wine. Everything is franked in full. Fantastic fruit intensity, florals in waves, a quartz aspect to both the texture and flavour." The Small Island Patsie's Blush is a micro-batch Rosé made from premium Tasmanian Pinot Noir. The ... Learn More
    Small island Rose 2020
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    Campbell Mattinson
  19. Small Island Pinot Gris 2020
    James Broinowski finds a great balance between freshness and texture with this release, it's Pinot Gris delivered in a contemporary style. It's flush with plenty of succulent pears and green apple character, the fresh, crunchy acidity lending some drive. Good ... Learn More
  20. Poggio Anima Ragana Frizzante Pet Nat 2020
    Poggio Anima is a collection of wines representing four Italian regions typifying the cultural heartbeat of each area. Poggio Anima, translated as ‘Hill of Soul,’ personifies the individual vineyards cultivated for each bottle. Many wines have vitality and a soul ... Learn More
  21. Priory Ridge Pinot Noir 2018
    Whether it's the granite soils or the sort of first-vintage phenomenon we've often seen before in Tasmanian pinots, this is distinctly different to the bigger, riper East Coast style. Tight and textured with sour cherry plum and savoury peppery notes ... Learn More
  22. The Other Wine Co. Tasmania Pinot Noir 2019
    Vintage circumstances in 2019 presented the crew behind The Other Wine Co. the unmissable opportunity to produce a Pinot Noir, made from declassified fruit off the excellent Tolpuddle Vineyard. Vinified at Shaw + Smith, with all the usual care and attention to ... Learn More
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  23. Josef Chromy Sparkling Rose Nv
    Whole bunches of hand-picked fruit are gently pressed to ensure delicate flavours. Crisp Granny Smith apple with strawberry notes on the nose. A young, vibrant Sparkling Rose with lifted fresh field berries carry onto a clean textural palate with length ... Learn More
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  24. Pressing Matters R69 Riesling 2017
    With a light yellow-green hue, this lovely wine has spice, honey, vanilla nuances adding to its lemon-citrus bouquet. Juicy fruit and subtle sweetness are superbly balanced. It’s delicious now but will blossom given more time. It won two trophies ... Learn More
  25. Stefano Lubiana 'Primavera' Pinot Noir 2019
    Fruit sourced from Derwent valley 65% and 35% Huon Valley. The geology is a mix of two terroirs, grey gravelly loams over clay and red loam over gravel. The Vineyard management is Biodynamic in conversion. Wine notes: On the nose the wine ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  26. Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2018
    The previous vintage was awarded WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak ... Learn More
  27. Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2017
    WINNER, BEST PINOT NOIR at the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of the most prestigious award shows in the country. Intense lifted nose of red cherries and wild forest fruit with hints of toasted oak and spice. Lifted bright, sweet ... Learn More
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  28. Pipers Brook Tasmanian Vintage Brut 2016
    Produced from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes sourced from high density vineyard blocks of significant vine age up to 40 years. ... Learn More
  29. Retromarcia Chianti Classico Docg 2017
    The grapes come from vineyards consisting of shale (Galestro) 70%, sandstone (Arenaria-Calcare-Pietraforte) 20%, limestone (Alberese) 10%. The vineyards age range from plantings 2003-2010. The vinification and maturation is reminiscent of a more traditional style Chianti Classico. Intense mountain herbs, aromas of cranberry, wild ... Learn More
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  30. Stefano Lubiana Reserve Sparkling Brut Nv
    65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir. Méthode traditionnelle, with a minimum of two years on lees and one year on cork pre-release. Fruit-pure, intense, rich, creamy and complex. A wine with great length but not too bold and dry. "I’d drink ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  31. Fattoria Casabianca Vermentino 2019
    The vines of Casabianca are in the municipality of Orbetello south of Großeto directly by the sea. Straw yellow with green reflections. In the fragrance notes of citrus fruits and white peach, light almond notes. The taste is elegant, ... Learn More
  32. Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
    Villa Antinori is, firstand foremost,an idea,a way of conceiving the production of wine: on the one hand, experimentation and evolution, on the other hand, continuityin tradition. Sangiovese and other complementary grape varieties render their homage to an historic ... Learn More
  33. Ministry Of Clouds Derwent Valley Tasmania Chardonnay 2019
    A pure and tightly wound wine showing the muscle and intensity of the low yielding Derwent Valley site, and the fineness and acid line synonymous with the Coal River Valley. A shy and somewhat restraint nose exuding white flowers, peach, ... Learn More
  34. Chatto 'White Label' Pinot Noir 2019
    MADE BY JIM CHATTO; GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE: 2019 WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR. With 25+ years of winemaking experience, Jim Chatto is also a senior wine show judge with over 20 years of experience across both regional, capital city shows and was the Chairman ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  35. Le Miccine Chianti Classico Docg 2017
    Le Miccine is a family owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team. Winemaker Paula Cook was born in Quebec, Canada, but moved to her grandparent's ancestral home of Tuscany in 2008, buying an estate that ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Gary Walsh
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  36. Small Island Black Label Pinot Noir 2019
    The Small Island Wines are making plenty of noise with only a small range. Complex, rounded and very smooth, everything you could want from a Pinot Noir. Dark cherries, cured meat and a dash of oak, this wine has a ... Learn More
  37. Small Island Saltwater Pinot Noir 2018
    Single Site Pinot from Saltwater River on the Tasman Peninsula. Layers of crunchy stems and herbal notes surround the cherry fruit tones. Unfiltered with minimal sulpher. The Small Island 'black label' Pinot is a blend of Glengarry (Tamar) and Saltwater ... Learn More
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  38. Small Island Saltwater Pinot Noir 2019
    Single Site Pinot from Saltwater River on the Tasman Peninsula. Layers of crunchy stems and herbal notes surround the cherry fruit tones. Unfiltered with minimal sulpher. The Small Island 'black label' Pinot is a blend of Glengarry (Tamar) and Saltwater ... Learn More
  39. Small Island Glengarry Pinot Noir 2018
    James Halliday: "It's a wild ride in a good way. This really is quite wonderfully complex. It tastes of forest berries and undergrowth, beetroot and sweet autumn leaves, cranberry and woodsy, smoky spice. It's well weighted without being overblown, strung ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  40. Small Island Glengarry Pinot Noir 2019
    Campbell Mattinson: "Woodsmoke and undergrowth, red and black cherry, velvety texture but with a bit of grunt and grain in behind. The strings are pulled tight but it’s still juicy and generous. Yes. This is excellent." The Small Island ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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