Best Tamar Valley Wineries: Everything You Need To Know [2021]

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Once you decide to visit the Tamar Valley, the next step is to work out which Tamar wineries you want to visit. As one of Tasmania’s best wine regions, you won’t want to miss out on visiting some of the Tamar Valley wineries Tasmania offers when you visit here.

The Tamar Valley is a cool climate wine region especially known for its Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir as well as its sparkling wines. Not only are the wines great, but there are 32 wineries to visit in easy proximity to each other.

Pipers Brook Vineyard
Pipers Brook Vineyard

The Tamar Valley vineyard options are far too many to visit in one weekend so in this guide, we hope to share with you the best Tamar Valley wineries to visit so that whether you are looking for west Tamar wineries, ones near Launceston or Pipers River, you can find the perfect Tamar Valley winery (or five!) to complement your trip.

Read our full reviews of the best Tamar Valley wineries below!

What To Expect In The Tamar Valley Wineries Region

Other than a great glass of wine, expect the Tamar Valley to be pretty and lots of fun. It’s an easy area to drive around and having your own wheels are a plus (although there is information on Tamar Valley wine tours below if you don’t or would prefer to taste more than drive).

Pipers Brook Vineyard wine tasting
Wine tasting at Nadines at Pipers at Pipers Brook Vineyard

Paying to taste is common and, at the time of writing, during the coronavirus pandemic, often tastings need to be booked in advance or will follow a format where you need to sit down and do a more formal tasting.

Parking is available at all wineries that I’m aware of and they are usually well sign posted. There are many along main roads although if you are going to one that is not and you want to avoid unsealed roads (like if you have a rental car that forbids this), I recommend you ring ahead and just check it’s on a sealed road.

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard Tamar Valley
Outdoor eating is often an option in the Tamar Valley. This is Iron Pot Bay Vineyard

There are many options for Tamar Valley wineries lunch and this is a great way to explore the region. While a few wineries have restaurants, most eating options are more picnic style with platters being a popular option that you can buy and enjoy outdoors.

In fact, even in wineries that have restaurants, local platters are the local specialty and I don’t think you can consider yourself having had the Tamar Valley winery experience until you try one of these glorious platters. They are usually big and full of cheeses, meats, crackers, dips and much more.

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard Tamar Valley platter
Platter at Iron Pot Bay Vineyard

Best Wineries Tamar Valley Tasmania Map

The following is a Tamar Valley wineries map of the best Tamar Valley wineries described below.

Best Tamar Valley Wineries map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard Tamar Valley

When it comes to looking for best wineries Tamar Valley, Iron Pot Bay Vineyard is a great place to start! Located 35 minutes from Launceston on the eastern side of the Tamar near Batman Bridge, it’s easy to get to as well.

We first found Iron Pot Bay Vineyard because of reading good reviews about its Tamar Valley winery lunch. We found it quite difficult to find a winery in this part of the Tamar Valley wine region that was open for lunch with options beyond a platter so our kids had some choices and this one came up a winner!

Iron Pot Bay is known for their whites and pinot noir and we had fun trying some with our lunch. I recommend the sauvignon blanc.

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard Tamar Valley wine
We enjoyed their whites and sparkling

This is a smaller one of the best wineries in Tamar Valley with a cute restaurant and cellar door tasting. It’s located off the main roads so it’s very quiet and peaceful while being easy to get to on sealed roads.

There’s also picnic tables outside where you can eat with a great grassy area. Hens are walking around and super friendly as well as a dog which was a bit too friendly – my one complaint is that this dog should not be near people eating as it was trying to help itself to our meals.

What was absolutely fantastic was that we had our own separate room at the back with many windows looking out to the vineyard. It was awesome! We didn’t know this existed and did not book it on purpose so it was a great surprise. Definitely ask for this if you are booking.

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard Tamar Valley dining room
Our table and great location in the restaurant at Iron Pot Bay Vineyard

The lunch menu is limited. There are some kid options although they aren’t the best and are overpriced. Everything else was great though and good value. We had a tasting platter for two which was delicious. I especially liked that the platter had salads on it as well and it made for a very good meal.

Service is friendly and it’s a really beautiful spot to have a glass of wine, some tasting or a meal. It’s definitely an option for the best winery restaurant Tamar Valley. We can’t wait to go again.

Address: 7 West Bay Road, Rowella
Website: https://ironpotbayvineyard.com.au/

Pipers Brook Vineyard

Pipers Brook Vineyard
Pipers Brook Vineyard

Located about 45 minutes from Launceston in the eastern part of the Tamar Valley in the Pipers Brook area, Pipers Brook Vineyard is worth the drive.

With a great range of wines on offer, this bigger vineyard is part of the Kreglinger Wine Estates which has been around since 1797 in many places in the world. This particular vineyard is beautiful from the moment you drive through its big gates and really feels away from it all.

Pipers Brook Vineyard is known for its pinot noir, pinot gris and sparkling wines although I must say that it’s the sauvignon blanc which stole my taste buds 🙂 This vineyard also produces Ninth Island wines which I have regularly come across and enjoyed.

Pipers Brook Vineyard
Pipers Brook Vineyard

When we visited in October 2020, the cellar door was shut thanks to the pandemic but Nadines at Pipers, an onsite cafe is open in the main winery building. Here you can taste the wines and have a meal so it’s better than just a cellars door really.

We were able to have a “tasting paddle” with three wines of our choice. It was a great way to start my lunch and then I could pick my favourite to keep drinking after (and take home, so delicious!).

The lunch was also fantastic. We booked the platter ahead of time for four people for our family of five and were in for a real treat. It came out on a very looooong board which stopped all chatter in the restaurant as everyone stared with jealousy 😀

Pipers Brook Vineyard platter
The awesome platter at Pipers Brook Vineyard – this is for four

There are also other options but honestly, get the platter!!! It’s great.

There’s also picnic tables outside where you can eat or you can bring your own picnic.

My only complaint is that the cafe is tucked away in a building with no views of the vineyard and the picnic tables are in the middle of the car park. For me, the point of driving to a vineyard to eat lunch is to feel like I’m in a vineyard with vineyard views so it did fail there. The food, service and wines are top rate though!

Address: 1216 Pipers Brook Rd, Pipers Brook TAS 7254
Website: https://www.kreglingerwineestates.com/cellar-door

Bay Of Fires Wines

Bay Of Fires Wines
Bay Of Fires Wines

Only 40 mins directly north of Launceston, the Bay of Fires cellar door is set amongst woodlands and massive gardens. Their cellar door is the Tasmanian home of Bay of Fires, House of Arras and Eddystone Point Wines, cool climate wines.

We enjoyed the sweeping views from the winery that stretch down over the vineyard to the Pipers River. And found the winery perhaps the most modern of those we visited, in fact it has award-winning architecture.

We joined a wine tasting – The Tasmanian Explorer Tasting – and tried their famous Vertical Pinot Noir, a chardonnay and riesling. In total there were five tastings and it lasted around 40 minutes. The wines were delicious and the staff were knowledgeable, making it altogether a fun experience. There are definitely worse ways to spend an hour!

Bay Of Fires Wines
Bay Of Fires Wines

If you plan to go along be sure to make an advance booking through their website, and they have a few options for longer sessions such as their Premium Arras Tasting (focused on their award winning sparkling wine label) or a Riesling Masterclass. Both run around 75 minutes and have great reviews.

If we have a chance to return I’ll probably join their Wine, Wildlife & Vineyard Walk, as the grounds were really beautiful and full of birds. And if you’re looking to treat that special someone, they’ve combined with Tasmanian Air Tours so you can arrive in style by helicopter!

Finally, I recommend extending your day by combining this with a stop at Pipers Brook Vineyard, only 15mins away.

Address: 40 Baxters Rd, Pipers River, TAS 7252
Website: https://www.bayoffireswines.com.au/

Tamar Ridge Winery Tasmania

Tamar Ridge Winery

In the heart of the Tamar Valley, on the banks of the Tamar River and only 20 minutes north of Launceston, Tamar Ridge Winery offers tastings of Tamar Ridge and PIRIE wines. There is also a selection of aged vintages of Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir and Riesling.

They say that it takes 50% Sidney Nolan and 50% Albert Einstein to craft the perfect Pinot Noir… and at Tamar Ridge they have over 25 years experience at perfectioning the art of winemaking with the science of discovery!

We only had snacks here – tapas style – with delicious nibbles that included a wonderful triple-cream brie, and sat back admiring the stunning views across the Tamar Valley. Wow, does it get much better than this!

Tamar Ridge Winery

We saw delightful looking platters being served and everyone seemed very content. And you can sit either indoors or outdoors, taking wine by the glass or bottle. Bookings are essential, and there are lively events throughout the year, so check the website for details. Sometimes their Cellar Door moonlights as a pop-up restaurant and they host seasonal Masterclasses, have live music Fridays and special weekend Sparkling & Seafood lunches. Lots on offer here.

Staff were really friendly and had done their homework on the wines, which convinced us to try some tastings. The standouts again, definitely the pinot noir and sparkling.

Great views, superb wines, friendly people… we’ll be back here again too to try their Wine, Spirit & Culinary Tour that covers a distillery tour, gin tastings, vineyard tour and, of course, guided wine tasting. All washed down with seasonal tapas lunch by Hubert & Dan – can’t wait!

Address: 1A Waldhorn Drive, Rosevears, Tasmania
Website: https://www.tamarridge.com.au/visit/

Goaty Hill Wines

Goaty Hill wines

Initially started as two families’ combined passion, over almost 20 years Goaty Hill Wines has turned into yet another iconic Tamar Valley Wine Route destination.

Wine tastings here are more intimate than the other vineyards we visited, making this a very informative way to learn more about the estate, how they grow and make the wines. And whilst they explain the history of the vineyard you’ll be swept away yet again by awesome views.

Goaty Hill Wines Tamar valley platter
Our platter

Tasmanian produce gourmet platters are the theme here, with the speciality being the Goaty Hill Gourmet Platter, good for 2 or more. We followed that with their wonderful Cheese Plate that really compliments the fresh wines – stick to the Riesling and Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris. …or let your pallet decide.

Tastings take place in a modern room in a winery building that has superb views across the surrounding countryside. And, again, book ahead so as not to be disappointed, checking their website for opening hours and events. The vineyard prides itself on being connected with the local community and regularly showcases local music, food and art events.

Goaty Hill Wines Tamar valley outdoor area
The outdoor area from the deck

The outside area is definitely the highlight here – it’s definitely our favourite Tamar Valley vineyard for sitting and enjoying. There’s a great deck area with many tables as well as seating options on the grounds below.

No goats here yet plenty to enjoy! Only six minutes from Iron Pot Bay Vineyard, combine a visit to these two vineyards on your morning or day out from Launceston.

Address: 530 Auburn Road, Kayena Tasmania
Website: https://www.goatyhill.com/

Tamar Valley Wine Route

Tamar Ridge Winery
Tamar Ridge Winery

The Tamar Valley wine trail is a route past many of the best vineyards Tamar Valley in the area. It’s easy to find and follow – just look out for the yellow and blue signs which state “Tamar Valley Wine Route”.

This can be an easy option if you want to visit many of the wineries in the region and don’t want to research yourself. It’s 170 kilometres long and goes into most parts of the region. You can find the Tamar Valley wine route map and Tamar Valley wine route pdf here.

Note that it would take you days to visit everything on this map which is why it is best used in conjunction with this article to get you to the best wineries in the Tamar Valley.

Tamar Valley Wine Tours

Pipers Brook Vineyard Nadines at Pipers
Inside Nadines at Pipers

If you’d prefer to not have to drive and would like a Tamar Valley wine tour, this is also an option.

Below are two recommended full day Tamar Valley wine tours that offer pick up and drop off in Launceston and take you to multiple wineries over a day and include tastings and lunch:

Wine Tours Tamar Valley Option 1 – Departs at 11am with 4 winery stops and a gourmet lunch. Prices start at $149. Click here for more details.

Wine Tours Tamar Valley Option 2 – Departs at 10am with 5-6 winery stops and a gourmet lunch platter included. Prices start at $171. Click here for more details.

Tamar Valley Wineries Accommodation

There is some great winery accommodation Tamar Valley, Tasmania. To read more about the options within wineries as well as in the region, read our full guide to Tamar Valley accommodation here.

Final Words

Pipers Brook Vineyard toilets
Toilet sign at Pipers Brook Vineyard 🙂

The Tamar Valley is a great place to visit and the wineries are one of the top reasons why this region is our favourite in Tasmania.

There are many wineries in this region and no matter which you visit, you are likely to have a great experience. If you have a particular winery in mind, I recommend you ring ahead to check the latest opening hours and if you need to book especially when it comes to Tamar Valley winery restaurants.

Wherever you end up, I hope you have a great experience and enjoy these wineries as much as us!

Find more fun things to do in the Tamar Valley here and nearby Launceston here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.