Tasmania rules. Better eating than most capital cities, better produce than most of Australia and they’ve got the MONA. They also make bloody good wine! Tasmania is home to Australia’s 7 most southern wine regions. Obviously, Tassie should be considered a cool climate area… It’s cold. The base of a lot of sparkling wine is grown here, it’s picked early with high acid and not much fruit, so a cooler climate is perfect.
French Champagne houses Möet Chandon and Louis Roederer both have vineyards here, which is a testament to the quality of the growing regions. It’s also a great place to plant Riesling and Chardonnay, 2 varieties that love the cold nights. However, they also make some amazing red wines, especially in the northern part of the state. Pinot Noir is very suited to the conditions but many growers and makers work with Shiraz and Cabernet, with some seriously good results. There is also plenty of alternative varieties of grapes, and alternative methods being used in the region.