Tasmania takes on world in wine-making

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Tasmania may be relatively new to the international wine scene, but it seems that the island state is quickly catching up to its main competitors.

And when one of the world's leading lifestyle and beverage publications Drinks Business identifies the regions cool-climate wines as an up and coming star, it is hard not to take notice.

The industry magazine placed Tasmania ahead of famous wine-making regions such as Languedoc in France and the island of Sardinia, Italy.

However, it still came in second to China which is said to be heavily investing in this area.

Helping to explain why the magazine's publishers may have been so impressed with Tasmania was minister for economic development David O'Byrne (May 10).

Mr O'Byrne said: "Our island offers water availability, soil, land affordability, branding and biosecurity advantages over many popular wine regions."

The minister also feels that the temperate maritime climate that attracts so many visitors to Tasmania was also one of the region's natural strengths.

"It's perfect for producing ultra-premium cool-climate wines, which are increasingly popular worldwide."

Tasmania's wine industry is currently valued at $75 million, but experts are predicting that this figure will quickly increase.

Craigow Vineyard - Image Credit Samuel Shelley

Bay of Fires Vineyard - Image Credit: Worldisround

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