Cynthea Semmens remembers helping to plant the vines on her parents' vineyard at Deviot, one of the first of its kind in the Tamar Valley in the late 1970s.
Those vines at Marion's Vineyard are still harvested today, but instead of sitting as a grape growing oasis among impenetrable bush, they are now among the many vines of a rapidly expanding wine industry in the region.
And because of the age of the vines, their quality has only matured.
"I grew up here on this vineyard, planted these vines, so they're quite old and mature, we're starting to see their yields regulate a little bit and we're getting more concentration," Ms Semmens said.
Wine growing in the Tamar Valley has never been better, she says, assisted by strong spring rainfall followed by a warm dry summer and autumn providing ideal conditions for fruit to ripen for the 2019 vintage.
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These consistently strong seasons have caught the attention of mainland winemakers, and this year's harvest is expected to be a record-breaker for volume, surpassing 2018.
The further expansion of large corporations like Brown Brothers and Penfolds into Tasmania was also pushing volumes ever higher, with grape quality at close to its optimum level across varieties.
New vineyards have been established in the Tamar Valley in the past 12 months by small winemakers and further cellar doors have opened.
Ms Semmens said Tasmania's more stable climate made it an attractive option.
"We're seeing year on year we're able to harvest the highest quality, and you can see by lots of corporations moving down here and others trying to come down here to plant more vines," she said.
"This is a great place to grow very high quality fruit with great flavour.
"Tasmania is so in fashion right now, it's super cool to be a Tasmanian wine, to be honest."
They have already harvested their pinot, chardonnay and other cool climate varieties, and are currently harvesting grapes for Cabernet Sauvignon and shiraz.
She said the arrival of big winemakers would have a positive effect on the Tamar Valley wine region.
"I think it's fantastic because what they're doing is saying that Tasmania is a great place to grow because if they're going to put their investment dollars into Tasmania, then it means that we all made the right choice many years ago," Ms Semmens said.
"We've certainly seen an increase in our wines going over to the mainland in the last five years."
Wine growth showing no signs of slowing
The Tasmanian wine industry provides more than 2000 full-time jobs and more than $100 million to the economy each year.
Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett said the Tasmanian wine industry had expanded rapidly in the past decade, including in the Tamar Valley.
"Tasmania's environment and climate and access to water are key ingredients to success for the wine industry, and it's grown significantly in the last few years," he said.
"All the feedback we're getting is that there'll be further investment in grapes and the wine sector because we can get access to water, and our climate and environment are ideal."
The state government last year provided Wine Tasmania $600,000 to promote its exports to the mainland, along with international markets including the UK, United States and Hong Kong.