The Timeline of Clover Hill
of Clover Hill Wines
Clover Hill was founded in 1986, on the site of a former dairy farm in north-east Tasmania with the sole purpose of producing premium, world-renowned sparkling wines.
The Clover Hill site was selected for it’s ancient volcanic soils and sheltered amphitheatre. These fertile, undulating hills are now lined with rows of Clover Hill’s Pinot vines.
The 66-hectare property in Lebrina, Pipers River, overlooks Bass Straight and provides an optimal vineyard environment. A cool maritime climate, with mild autumn temperatures ranging between a high of 25 and a low of 10ºC.
This results in a long ripening season, allowing superior flavour development, low sugar levels and high natural acidity: the perfect combination for super premium wine in traditional sparkling varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
The vineyard has deep, red volcanic ‘krasnozem’ soil (averaging 1-5m deep) and is scattered with basalt stone. The soil is free-draining with high organic matter and good water and nutrient holding capacity.
Our fruit is picked from specific sections of the vineyard, based on variation in row orientation, altitude, soil depth and mesoclimate. This enables us to produce a wide range of super premium sparkling cuvées that are sourced from the one vineyard site.
The process of crafting elegant sparkling wines in the traditional, French manner, known as méthod traditionelle (traditional method), is a highly specialised field. This places Clover Hill in an elite group as one of the few sparkling houses in Australia to exclusively utilise this method