Our Grapes. Our Tasmanian Wines
Boutique vineyard on Tasmania's East Coast. Located minutes from the coastal heaven of the Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay and St Helens.
The Story of Our Tasmanian Wines
We are a family-run vineyard making award-winning Tasmanian Wines.
Located in the small settlement of Priory, close to the tourist destinations of Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires and just 3kms from the town of St Helens one of Tasmania’s premium holiday destinations on the sunny East Coast.
Priory Ridge is a boutique vineyard on 20 hectares with ideal north facing slopes which maximise sunlight. The soil is Devonian granite rich in mineral content, transferring a unique “terroir” to the wine.
Formally known as Tarpot Farm, the property has been in the ownership of Julie Llewellyn’s family (Reid/Clifford) for over 120 years. Julie’s Great Grandparents settled at Priory in 1889 after migrating from England in 1880.
Before its conversion to grapes the property was mainly used to graze sheep as an adjunct to a much larger property, grazing sheep, cattle and some cropping. Priory Ridge has the George River as its Northern boundary and the vineyard draws its water from a small dam on the property.
OUR GRAPES. OUR WINES.
Pinot Noir ---------------- 2020
Recent Release. This wine has a typical Burgundian nose; has plum and dark fruit flavours, balanced by velvety tannins and oak complexity; delivers textures & structure on the long persisting palate. Following 18 months in French Oak barrels this wine has been bottled with minimal fining. The slight peppery/spicy finish adds to the character of the wine. Drink now or cellar to improve with age in the bottle.
Oaked Sauvignon Blanc-------- 2021
NEW RELEASE “Glistening pale gold”! A carefully crafted wine recognized for its distinctive varietal nose of tropical fruits; leaves a smooth and creamy residue on the palate; softer as a result of malolactic conversion. A stylish white depicting the ‘terroir’ of the Bay of Fires region.
Our Grapes. Our Tasmanian Wines.
Pinot Gris ---------------- 2021
Vibrant straw coloured appearance. A well-made wine reflecting a great vintage; presents with a serious texture and a zingy citrus balance, giving a persistence and length that will get better with age.
A wine of considerable poise, intensity and length. Delightful to drink now but becomes richer and more complex with cellaring. Delicate floral nose; layers of honeyed nuttiness, creamy and toasty with core of stone fruit.
A boutique vineyard in every sense, consisting of six hectares of north facing slopes, the rich Devonian granite soil – unique in Tasmanian vineyards, transfers a special ‘terroir’ to the wine. Our unique location produces aromatic whites and full bodied reds, packed with character and flavour.
All grapes are hand-picked and wine fermented by the grapes’ own yeasts. The Pinot Noir is allowed to mature in French Oak for over 18 months undertaking natural malolactic conversion, thus enhancing the body and flavour and producing a rounder, fuller mouth feel to the wine.
The Sauvignon Blanc is naturally fermented in oak barrels in the French tradition.
We also produce small quantities of Pinot Gris, Traminer and Chardonnay.
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Fantastic Savignon Blanc in a wonderful rural setting. We truly loved our afternoon at Priory Ridge Winery talking with Julie, who is so calmly enthusiastic about the Tasmanian wine industry and her 150 year heritage in this special region. We loved looking over the lambs grazing while sampling wine from this family-owned and operated vineyard. I really can’t sing the praises of this unique and special Tasmanian place more highly. Thank you, Julie and your husband, for our memorable afternoon at your shed and vineyard.
We were surprised how busy Priory Ridge were on a cold wet and blustery Saturday afternoon. Would definitely book a tasting in high season! Exceptional wines with a knowledgeable and passionate host.
The wines were lovely, we particularly liked the sauv blanc and chardonnay. The sauv blanc is served at the Sydney Opera house! The real treat was the service - the owners are also members of the local chamber of commerce, and provided us maps and tips on where to go in the area. Beautiful wines and a beautiful couple.
Very cute little cellar door. Highly recommend popping in. Family business, 8 dollar tastings
Amazing wines and one of the most beautiful little wineries in the region, overlooking the valley. Really good Pinot Noir and Chardonnay! The owners were so nice and really passionate of their wines. Highly recommend it!
Os proprietários são muito gentis. Valeu a pena conhecer. Perto do centro da cidade. Absss
Lovely location and lawns with views over the valley. The Chardonnay has a lovely unique flavour. So nice also learning about the history of the farm.
Some good wines great 👍 ambience.
What a wonderful gem - a beautiful outlook, friendly and knowledgeable staff and great wine.
Great spot. Great detail to customers during tastings. Amazing chocolate n wine matching
Julie was a gem and so Is this place. It's a beautiful setting and she really took care of us. I'm not a huge wine drinker but I still thoroughly enjoyed the wine and my experience there 🙂 thank you Julie!!
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Priory Ridge Wines Cellar Door Information
Closed for Winter Other than by Appointment
Bookings preferred. Please phone ahead to arrange for tastings or sales and feel free to purchase your order online first.
Julie and David
*ALL TASTINGS AND SALES FOLLOW OUR COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
Limit of 8 adults per tasting session.
Phone & online orders accepted.
Bookings Preferred. COVID-safe practices. Outdoor seating. Picnic facilities. Enquiries:
+0408 479 699
+03 6376 1916
Closed the Following Days
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Easter Friday and Easter Sunday
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Re opening 2nd January 2023
Owner / Operator Julie was born and raised in St Helens. She trained as a teacher and focused on home economics. Julie is also a senior judge for the Royal Hobart Agricultural Show Society.
Owner / Operator David was born and raised in St Marys. He trained as a telecommunications expert and became a State member of the Tasmanian Parliament in 1983.
There is also a committed crew of family and friends who help to make this place happen.
STEP BACK IN TIME
A unique experience awaits you at the Priory Ridge Cellar. As you savour the depths of flavours of the handcrafted cool climate wines you can take in the ambience of the adapted 1900’s shearing shed. Julie’s ancestors used timber from the property to build the bush pole structure, the split paling cladding & iron roof have stood the test of time for past 80 years. Visitors can enjoy the pictorial history of yesteryear activity in the Priory district along with old wares. Julie grew up in the area and has maintained a collection of memorabilia along with records of pioneering families.
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Route C843 280 Ansons Bay Road St Helens Tasmania 7216
Priory Ridge Wines is the only Vineyard and Cellar Door operation in the Iconic Bay of Fires/St. Helens, Tasmania.