Your tour of Launceston and
the Tamar Valley will be complete,
with our rental car options.
Starting from Launceston, prepare for a great day exploring the Tamar Valley wine region. The iconic Tamar River is at the heart of northern Tasmania winding its way north from the city centre into Bass Strait. The Tamar Valley is arguably Tasmania’s main wine producing area. Here, wineries coexist with orchards and farms in a setting of lush green grasses and fertile soils.
The Tamar River is Australia’s longest tidal navigable river, winding some 65 kilometres inland, around hills and plains, beaches and bush. The North and South Esk Rivers feed the Tamar and create a fertile valley that results in high-yielding vineyards.
The Tamar Valley,famous for chardonnay, sparkling wines and pinot noir, shares similar cool climate characteristics with the Cote d’Or and Burgundy, in France.
Any time of the year is a good time explore the Tamar Valley Wine Route. In the Autumn the colour of the leaves in the valley will take your breath away, in summer the days are long and warm. In spring, watch as newly born lambs abound in surrounding farms.
Wine harvests typically occur in March & April; In Winter pruning takes places in preparation for new growth during Spring. Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are all grown in the Tamar Valley; if you enjoy a Pinot Noir you will be especially interested to taste at many of the cellar doors in the region.
And it’s not all about wine, as the Tamar Valley is fast developing a reputation for fine produce, with a large number of the 32 wineries in the region offering dining options ranging from tasting plates through to casual or formal dining. Alternatively, why not pack a picnic lunch and find your own perfect spot next to the Tamar River for lunch?
We feel the Tamar Valley Wine Route is best enjoyed by taking a full day tour, where you can soak up the beauty and everything the valley has to offer. The route is well signposted; there are ‘yellow & blue’ wine route signs to help you on your journey.
There are many different vineyards to visit in the area. We recommend Bay of Fires Wines, located on Baxter’s Rd in Pipers Brook and Holm Oak Vineyard, located on West Bay Rd, Rowella as two of our favourites.
Remember to enjoy responsibly and don’t drink and drive!