Tasmanian sparkling wine house Jansz Tasmania has opened a new winery at the family-owned Pontos Hills Vineyard estate in the Coal River Valley.
Jansz Tasmania owner Robert Hill-Smith recently visited the site with his family as he prepares to share it with the world.
He says Jansz Tasmania is proud of its commitment to winemaking in Tasmania and had planned the construction of the Pontos Hills Winery for many years.
“As an independent, family-owned winemaker, authenticity and sustainability are at the forefront of everything we do,” Mr Hill-Smith says.
“That’s why we have put so much effort and attention to detail into building the perfect home for our Tasmanian wines.
“We are investing in both the resource and in people to mark our commitment to Tasmania and the community.”
Robert Hill-Smith with winemaker Jennifer Doyle.
Mr Hill-Smith says the Pontos Hills Winery has come a long way since the first concept.
“For us, it is about wine quality first and being true to our origins,” he says.
“Our initial design was a means to improve the quality of our wines and reduce our impact on the environment.
“With the help of local architect 6ty°, we were able to accomplish this and so much more.”
The Pontos Hills Winery is preparing to share the next generation of premium sparkling wine with the release of its first vintage, the work of winemaker Jen Doyle.
To celebrate the pressing of the first grapes at the new winery and in honour of the year of Jansz Tasmania’s establishment, 1986 bottles of Jansz Tasmania Pontos Hills Vintage Cuvee 2017 were released as gifts to commemorate the milestone, while a small amount was held back for an exclusive release at the Jansz Tasmania Wine Room next month.
The Hill-Smith family purchased Jansz Tasmania in 1998.
Since then, Mr Hill-Smith has invested in vineyards across Tasmania and grown its reputation as a world-class Australian sparkling wine brand.
“We have invested in Tasmania for over 23 years and will continue to do so,” he says.
“This is just one milestone in our family wine story.”
The Coal River Valley lies just 15 minutes from Hobart and boasts sprawling rural landscapes and a rich agricultural heritage.
It is nestled between the Meehan Range, Pitt Water and the Pontos Range.
Embracing 50 hectares of clonally selected Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, the historical and original Frogmore Creek Vineyard site was chosen for its beauty, excellent diversity and aspect and reliable temperate climate.