Friendly Tamar winter on cards

A STRONG tourist season has Tamar Valley winegrowers in hopeful anticipation of a friendly winter.

Tamar Ridge manager Will Adkins said the Rosevears winery had enjoyed consistent patronage at its cellar door.

``Throughout the valley, cellar door operators have had a good, positive summer,'' Mr Adkins said.

``The demand for Tasmanian wine is strong.''

Tamar Ridge moved its cellar door from Kayena to Rosevears about seven months ago.

Mr Adkins said it had been a positive move for the Brown Brothers-owned winery.

Vintage grapes were being fermented in dozens of tanks after a pleasingly dry summer, he said.

``It's been a full-on six months, everything considered,'' he said.

``We'll take a deep breath now.''

Wine Tasmania chief executive Sheralee Davies said early reports from the state's producers had the volume of vintage grapes down by about a third.

She said the difficulty for producers would be meeting demand.

``Things are very positive in the world of our wines . . . the biggest challenge we have is that our quantities are very low,'' she said.

``Cool climates produce wine of a higher quality but are of higher risk.''

Tamar Ridge Wines owner Will Adkins with a local drop. Tourists have been  flocking to the region recently. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Tamar Ridge Wines owner Will Adkins with a local drop. Tourists have been flocking to the region recently. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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