Spring Vale Wines are situated just south of Cranbrook, about 20 minutes from Bicheno. The property is as picturesque as you would expect a vineyard on Tasmania’s East Coast to be, but the Cellar Door is nothing short of delightful. From there, you will be able to taste, buy, and post home if you so choose, their full range of wines; and please don’t forget a bottle of the award winning Splendid Gin which they also have a hand in.
The property has been with the same family since 1826. The vineyard began in 1986 when a small area of 0.8 hectares were planted to Pinot Noir. Further plantings were made in the following years: firstly, more Pinot Noir, then Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, followed by Pinot Gris in 1996. In 2000, more Pinot Noir and a splash of Pinot Meunier were planted. A further 7.9 hectares of Pinot Noir were then planted in 2013.
In June 2007, Spring Vale purchased a neighbouring farm, “Melrose”. The purpose was to enable increased production of a lighter style red to be produced, with the first “Melrose” Pinot Noir being the 2008 Vintage.
The Freycinet Coast is the driest part of the state, with an average annual rainfall of 550mm. Warm days and cool nights are a result of this climate and ideal for slow ripening and excellent flavour development. The soil at Spring Vale is mostly a fertile clay loam, with the subsoil varying from porous friable loam with rock to medium-heavy clay. Drainage is excellent throughout the vineyard and the pH of the soil is around 6.5.
Local tip: If the roses are in bloom along the back of the cellar door, do stop to smell them.