Grey Sands Vineyard

Grey Sands Vineyard is a small (3.5 Ha) family-owned vineyard on the western edge of the Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania – and should be on every wine lover’s list of things to do when you visit Tasmania.
Our vineyard site was chosen because of its aspect, slope and low fertility soil. Barrel samples of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from the nearby Glengarry Vineyard owned by Gavin Scott showed the colour, tannin and body that we were seeking.
We have planted our vineyard to high density, as is common in Bordeaux and Burgundy, to take advantage of the low fertility soils. 8800 vines/Ha combined with hard pruning keeps our yield per vine down to less than 1kg. Our aim is to maximise concentration rather than yield. Our vines are hand tended, hand pruned and the fruit is hand picked.
We do not irrigate to encourage the vines to use the full soil profile tapping down through a layer of hard-pan to the moisture retentive clay beneath. Our vineyard is planted predominantly to Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Malbec. These varieties have been planted in blocks to take advantage of some soil and slope variations across our property.
We have some experimental plantings of another dozen varieties which we use in our blends. We have a total of 17 different varieties of grape growing in our vineyard. Our wines are made exclusively from grapes grown on our property.