Tassie's 2021 Wine Stars Announced

The second annual Tassie Wine Stars event, a celebration of all things Tasmanian wine, was held last night at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door in Rosevears.

The event brought together Tasmanian wine producers, local wine trade and hospitality representatives along with visiting interstate wine trade guests.

At the event, the VinØ ("vin zero") Program Awards recognised the sustainability practices of two wine producers, while the Wine List of the Year Awards were awarded across three categories to Tasmanian venues prioritising and promoting local wines.

Hobart's The Glass House was crowned the 2021 Judges' Choice Tasmanian Wine List of the Year, while the Old Bank of Geeveston took out the 2021 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year - Regional Venue. The popular Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory in Sassafras was awarded the 2021 People's Choice Tasmanian Wine List of the Year, as voted by Tasmanian wine lovers.

Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies commended the 2021 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year winners as well as each of the finalists.

"Tasmanian hospitality operators have experienced a very challenging year. To have such a strong and diverse list of finalists demonstrating their unwavering support for our local wines is outstanding, and we thank them all."

"These awards are all about recognising and rewarding venues that are doing great things to support local wines - it’s not about having a big wine list or only Tasmanian wines on the list, but about having a focus on Tasmanian wines, appropriate to the individual venue's size, location, style and cuisine."

As part of Wine Tasmania’s VinØ Program, which helps wine producers measure, improve and report their sustainability and management practices, two awards were announced at the event. Southwood Wines in Kellevie was announced as the VinØ Program Most Improved Producer while Waterton Hall in the Tamar Valley is the VinØ Program Champion of 2021.

The VinØ Program is a comprehensive, user-friendly resource, focused on key areas of vineyard and winery management including soil health, biodiversity, waste and water management, biosecurity and emissions reduction. The 2021 VinØ Program report has now been released and is available here, and an overview of the VinØ Program can be found here.

Further information: Sheralee Davies, CEO, Wine Tasmania - 0407 004 959