In 2015, a Swiss winemaker travelled the world in search of the right place to establish a vineyard. Along the way he met a Tassie girl… And so the story of Utzinger Wines begins.
Our winery is located in the cool climate of northern lutruwita (Tasmania), on the western side of the beautiful Tamar Valley. We instantly fell in love with this land, which overlooks the meandering kanamaluka (Tamar River).
The adventure of cultivating our own grapes began in 2018. With five clones of Pinot Noir, six clones of Chardonnay, some Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah, our vineyard is planted at a high density of 6500 vines a hectare and a row spacing of 1.8m. The rich, ferrous topsoil contains large volumes of dolerite pebbles and lays on top of a heavy clay subsoil, which acts as a natural sponge for water and nutrients.
Our wine growing stems from a deep love for our planet, the creatures living on it and a common idea of true terroir wines. Our approach emphasizes on creating habitat for beneficial invertebrates and other native wildlife to create a balance between all elements found in our biosystem. We are currently in organic conversion for our vineyard. Also, ten percent of the property has been set aside to preserve intact native grass and an additional fifteen percent has been planted with trees, understory and ground cover plants to support the native animals present. We care deeply about the environment and aim to protect it whilst producing the highest quality fruit.
Our wines are crafted with maximum care and minimal intervention in order to truly represent their origin.
We are vignerons – our wines are grown, not made.