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Saturday 6 November 2021

Tasmanian sparkling wines on an upward trajectory

Wine lovers can expect to pay more for premium Tasmanian sparkling wine in future.

The premium wines from Australia's island state are still undervalued in world markets, particularly aged wines. 

That was the takeaway from last night's Tasmanian Sparkling Dinner hosted by leading sparkling expert Tyson Stelzer at Josef Chromy Wines in the Tamar Valley.

Attended  by many of Australia's leading sparkling wine makers, the dinner was part of the annual Effervesence festival, which showcases Tasmania's finest sparkling wines. 

The event featured five different styles of cool-climate bubbles from producers including Chromy, Pirie, Delamere, Bellebonne, Bream Creek, Jansz, Apogee, Kreglinger, Clover Hill, Stefano Lubiana, Moorilla and House of Arras. 

The festival continues until Sunday. 

"Tasmanian producers need to be more ambitious price wise," said Stelzer. "They are making exceptional wines and the prices need to reflect that."

Natalie Fryar from Bellbonne described Tasmania as "one of the most exciting places on earth to make sparkling wine", while Fred Peacock from Bream Creek said the island's sparkling wines are on a "strong trajectory" and being noticed around the world. 

Sparkling wine pioneer Andrew Pirie from Apogee said the key for Tasmania's future growth is finding "a way to differentiate our brand."

The writer was a guest of Ultimate Winery Experiences and Josef Chromy Wines     


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