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History

The Timeline of Clover Hill

In 1986 after an exhaustive search for the ideal site on which to establish a vineyard dedicated to traditional méthode sparkling wines, a small, former dairy farm surrounded by natural forest and overlooking Bass Straight, was selected. This site was named Clover Hill inspired by the rolling hills, a mosaic of pitted rocky out-crop and lush golden clover which, when conditions are right, can still been seen between the rows.

With the initial harvest in 1991, the pioneering vision of Clover Hill became a realisation. With a harvest solely comprised of Chardonnay, Clover Hill established itself as a quality producer with the production of its first wine – the 1991 Blanc de Blancs. This sophisticated and elegant vintage laid the foundation for the unmistakable flavours and structure that are now the iconic core of Clover Hill wines.

Clover Hill’s calibre was quickly recognised with only its second vintage, when the 1992 Clover Blanc de Blancs attained the top honour at the prestigious Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

In 2004, Clover Hill was honoured to have the ‘2000 Clover Hill Vintage Brut’ served, with a customised royal label, at Princess Mary’s and Crown Prince Frederik’s royal wedding celebrations in Denmark.

In 2005, Clover Hill (Pipers River Vineyard – Lebrina) was awarded the title of ‘Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year’ by the Royal Agricultural Association of Tasmania.

Clover Hill established a second site ‘Tea Tree Vineyard’ in 2008, located in the Coal Valley. This cool climate site is situated on gentle north facing slopes, which is ideal for vines in such a southern location.

In 2011, the Clover Hill Vintage Brut 2006 was one of four iconic Australian wines selected to be served to Queen Elizabeth II for the luncheon at the Government House in Canberra.

In 2014, Clover Hill was first listed as a 5 Star Winery, and renowned wine writer James Halliday said of Australian sparkling wines: “Tasmania now and in the future, the keeper of the Holy Grail.”

In 2016, Clover Hill’s Tea Tree Vineyard attained the title of ‘Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year’ from the Tasmanian Royal Agricultural Association, joining the ranks of previous winners including Clover Hill’s original Pipers River vineyard.

In 2016, wine writer Tyson Stelzer’s placed Clover Hill as a 6 Star winery in the Australian Sparkling Report 2017 Hall of Honour. The Clover Hill Cuvée Prestige Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2005 was named ‘Blanc de Blancs of the Year’ with 96 points, and the Clover Hill Cuvée Exceptionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2010 was first runner- up on 95 points.

Launch of the Clover Hill Cellar Door

In late 2017, the Clover Hill cellar door will be open to public. Based on the shape of a clover leaf, the cellar door is centered on the intersecting rammed earth walls that rise from the red soil that is found around the region. The northern quarter of the leaf will house the tasting room which boasts panoramic views of the vineyard, natural forests and Bass Straight. Poised atop the valley, the Cellar Door’s breathtaking position overlooks the beauty of the vineyard set amongst the picturesque Lebrina scenery.

The Story

of Clover Hill Wines

Clover Hill is one of Australia’s principal Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier Cuvées. Founded by the Goelet family on the site of a former dairy farm in north-east Tasmania, Clover Hill was established in 1986 after an exhaustive search for an ideal site for the sole purpose of producing world-class sparkling wine to rival that of the Champagne region. The site, with its rich soil, natural sloping amphitheatre and maritime climate, was deemed to be the perfect location to produce superb Méthode Traditionnelle sparkling wine, rivaling the great Champagne Houses of France.

The 66 hectare Pipers River property near Lebrina overlooks Bass Straight and capitalises on its natural assets. The rich land, which was a mosaic of undulating hills and golden clover, is now also lined with picturesque vines dotted with a smattering of golden clover. The initial varietal planting was Chardonnay, and this fruit was used to produce the inaugural 1991 Clover Hill Blanc de Blancs. Following its success, the rest of the vineyard was planted out with the traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Today, with the vineyard continually producing exceptional fruit, the vast site search has certainly yielded returns.

Since its debut vintage in 1991, Clover Hill has gained a reputation for its uncompromising quality, its elegance and finesse, and its distinguished Tasmanian style. The wines are crafted from the vineyard with care and attention in order to produce some of the most awarded and well-regarded sparkling wines. In fact, Clover Hill’s commitment to excellence has been recognised with numerous accolades received from its inaugural vintage in 1991 to today. Accolades include being inducted into the Australian Sparkling Hall of Honour, winning Winestate’s Australasian Sparkling Wine of the Year being awarded Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year, twice.

Clover Hill’s commitment to the founder’s vision and drive for excellence has resulted in a reputation derived by critical acclaim and accolades, even winning the favour of Tasmanian-born royalty. Clover Hill was humbled when its Clover Hill Vintage Brut was proudly served during Princess Mary and Prince Frederick’s wedding celebration. Clover Hill was then further honoured with another ‘royal appointment’ when it was selected as one of the four iconic Australian wines served to Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh during their 2011 Australian visit.

Clover Hill is acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest sparkling producers. With the cool climate and growing conditions of Tasmania being remarkably similar to that of the famous Champagne region of France, Clover Hill has been able to produce sparkling wines of uncompromising quality, elegance and finesse.

The Three Pillars

of Clover Hill Wines
CLIMATE | SOIL | GEOGRAPHY
CHARDONNAY | PINOT NOIR | PINOT MEUNIER
TIRAGE | DISGORGE | DOSAGE
Clover Hill has a reputation within Australia as one of the country’s finest sparkling wines.

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