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One of Australia’s most awarded non-vintage sparkling wine, Pirie is the ‘brother brand’ of Tamar Ridge bearing somewhat of an elusive story: our vintages are few and far between, with our commitment to quality ensuring only the best sparkling wine is produced. But producing Pirie is an art in itself; there’s meticulous planning and patience required, and even then it takes crossed fingers in the hope of the ideal conditions. With a little luck, we hand-pick the grapes, produce a select number of bottles and then store them away for at least two years.
Made in the traditional method using premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from our Tamar Valley vineyard, Northern Tasmania is now widely recognised for the quality of sparkling wine produced in the true cool-climate of 41-42 degrees south.
Bubbles don't grow on trees. But hand-selected cool-climate grapes grow on vines. And it’s these handpicked, Tasmanian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes that give Pirie its sparkle. Our vintages are few and far between, with the complete range celebrating only the very best in Tasmanian sparkling.
The first release of Pirie sparkling was made in 1995, produced under the Piper's Brook sparkling label founded by Dr Andrew Pirie.
The Pirie Tasmania brand was subsequently established by Dr Pirie in 1999.
Brown Brothers purchased Tamar Ridge, along with Pirie Tasmania and the East Coast's Devil's Corner Winery in 2010, looking to Tasmania in their pursuit of cleared and cooler climate vineyards in response to global warming.
“Tasmania and quality are intrinsically linked,” says Senior Winemaker, Tom Wallace. “Our cool climate retains fantastic acidity which is the backbone of world-class sparkling and has seen Tasmania recognized by many as one the great regions of the world for sparkling, but it is also the core ingredient in great pinot noir and chardonnay.”
2014 - present
Since 2014, Pirie Tasmania has been successful in taking out the Tasmanian Wine Show Trophy for either its NV or Vintage release.
Pirie Vintage 2018 won Double Gold at the 2022 Global Fine Wine Challenge, asserting our commitment to making these world-class Tasmanian wines a global benchmark.