Our GRAPES. OUR WINES.
Boutique vineyard on Tasmania's East Coast. Located minutes from the coastal heaven of the Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay and St Helens.
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 ---------------- 2016
Awarded a Silver medal at the 2017, Melbourne International Show. 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 without fining or filtration. 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-------- 2017
“Glistening pale gold”. This wine has a distinctive varietal nose: tropical fruits; leaves a smooth and creamy residue on the palate with a caress of oak. A stylish white depicting the terrior of the Bay of Fires region.
Our GRAPES. OUR WINES.
Pinot Gris ---------------- 2017
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, oncisting of six hectares of north flacing 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, Chardonnay and Pinot Rose.
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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.