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.''