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Post-winter wine

As we throw off the puffer jacket and rummage in the back of the wardrobe for lighter layers, so do we select a vino more in keeping with the season.

It's yes way rosé and hello grigio, according to Tamar Valley Wine Executive Officer Claudia Vinson.

"I'm a pinot fan: both whites and reds. In Tasmania it's a great bet that pretty much all you'll taste will be a fantastic reflection on how the wine is made. I do enjoy a chilled grigio at the end of a sunny day, but I'm also partial to a good rosé too - we make some fantastic ones in the Valley."

It's been a rather soggy winter in Tassie, which Claudia says has fast-tracked fruit.

"This year is looking particularly lovely in the Tamar after a very wet and relatively mild winter. Some of our viticulturists are reporting growth two weeks more progressed than usual! We are already seeing buds on the West Tamar and on the East Tamar where the altitude is higher bud burst will only be seen in mid to late September."

It's an important time of year for growers, as spring sets up the entire year's growth, says Claudia. She says the vines are being checked for disease and fingers are crossed for no frosts, the right amount of rain and no drying winds."

"In many vineyards pruning and training the vines to set how they grow for the season is underway."

While it's still not quite business as usual, due to the covid pandemic preventing seasonal pickers travelling to the isle to work and visitor numbers down, Claudia says wine makers are still working hard and cellar doors are open and many have special offers.

"This is really a good time to get out and explore, but please remember to call ahead and make reservations as there are still restrictions to numbers and you don't want to be turned away."

Fans of a cool-climate Tassie drop will likely know of the trail of more than 30 vineyards in and around Greater Launceston, but for the uninitiated, it's suggested you visit the TVWR's website to plan your trip: www.tamarvalleywine.com.au