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Tyson Stelzer on Tasmanian Sparkling Wine

By Tyson Stelzer

25 Oct, 2021

The sparkling landscape of Tasmania is changing dramatically, as chief editor Tyson Stelzer writes. The takeaway? Now is the time to explore the state’s sparkling wines.

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The drive out of Richmond in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley is especially picturesque, traversing the 1823 Richmond Bridge before ascending over the Pontos Hills. The scenery has recently been heightened with the planting of a 100-hectare vineyard, one of three sites that now make the Fogarty Wine Group the state’s second-biggest vineyard owner. And the developments continue. Less than two minutes further along the same road, the new 2000-tonne Jansz Pontos Hills winery was commissioned in time to receive this year’s harvest.