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Tasmania's wine industry is booming

Tasmania’s wine sector is booming: a new report hails it as a $115 million industry, and sparkling stars are setting the world alight.

It was only 30 years ago that Tasmania’s wine-makers began dabbling in sparkling wines, a drop in the ocean when compared to the grand champagne houses of France with histories and vintages stretching back centuries.  Yet, an influential critic has declared Tasmanian sparkling wines second only to those mighty champagnes of France in the highly anticipated Tyson Stelzer’s Australian Sparkling Report 2018.

Not only did the report identify Tasmania as, “Australia’s hero sparkling state, topping the charts on every measure,” but it also pointed to growing international acclaim. Tyson Stelzer’s report makes special reference to Tasmania’s House of Arras, which last November was named Best Australian Producer at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

He selected the House of Arras – alongside Seppelts – as Australia’s top sparkling wine producer, awarding it seven stars. Acclaimed Tasmanian producers Clover Hill, Jansz TasmaniaPirie and Stefano Lubiana, all received five stars.

“Tasmania remains but a small player in volume terms, however, its significance as Australia’s leader in cool climate wine growing cannot be overstated,” Tyson Stelzer’s report concludes.

Each year some 4.5 million bottles of sparkling are produced in Tasmania – about 35 per cent of the state’s total wine production.

As the world celebrates Tasmania’s sparkling stars, another report has found that wine contributes $115 million to Tasmania’s economy every year, making it one of the State’s top ten industries.

“The report’s findings accurately capture the sector’s significant and growing contribution to the island’s economy,” Wine Tasmania Chief Executive, Sheralee Davies, said.

Commissioned by Wine Tasmania, the report provides the first comprehensive quantitative analysis of the Tasmanian wine industry and found:

  • $100 million is injected into the economy annually through agriculture (vineyards) and manufacturing (wineries)
  • A further $15.2 million is added through wine tourism (cellar doors)
  • The industry sustains 2,063 full-time jobs (224 of these in wine tourism)
  • Investment in Tasmania’s wine industry is above the Australian average
  • Tasmanian wines have a higher average selling price

Read the full story and view the video at the 'Brand Tasmania website.