60 Gillams Road Lower, Barrington TAS
03 6287 6933
Among the rich, red-soiled farmland of northwest Tasmania you’ll find a vineyard, Barringwood Estate, that celebrates the finest in local food and wine. With a selection of wines that celebrate cool climate viticulture, you’ll find everything you need for an afternoon of fun.
The steep, north-facing vineyard is owned and operated by Vanessa and Neville Bagot, who purchased the property in 2012 as a distraction from their busy, city lives. Vanessa runs the business while studying a Bachelor of Viticulture and looking after three teenagers. Neville takes a back seat with the day-to-day operations, working on other business activities, but is a passionate lover of Barringwood wines and the region.
The vineyard was originally planted in 1993 on the site of a sawmill. It sits nestled in the hills of Lower Barrington at an elevation of 290m and boasts one of the longest growing seasons in Tasmania. This extended, mild, growing season produces table wines with complexity, delicacy and elegance and is perfectly suited to create premium sparkling wines.
Barringwood Estate grows pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot meunier, and the obscure schönburger variety. Vines are all pruned by hand and a mixture of VSP and modified Scott-Henry training systems are in place. All grapes are hand-picked, ensuring that a high quality is maintained and each wine displays all the hallmarks of the vineyard’s unique conditions.
Each drop is housed in bottles that feature a distinct design. In choosing the new look, Vanessa opted for something that reflected both the sawmill heritage of the site and the wines’ elegance and complexity. The wood-cut stencil adorning the still wines was created by Bryan Nash-Gill. The series of floral sparkling labels, while also inspired by nature, were chosen to reflect the celebratory nature of sparkling wine consumption.
You can admire both the winemaking and artistic efforts of Vanessa and her team at Tuckshop at Barringwood, the Estate’s on-site cafe. Established by Sheona McLetchie and Tristan Abbott in 2016, the offering at Tuckshop advocates locally sourced produce and keeps seasonality close to its core. Here you can enjoy a selection of Tasmanian cheeses and local meats with a drop of Barrington wine, or perhaps a pint of local craft beer on tap.
Perhaps most excitingly for wine lovers, the next stage of Barringwood’s journey is already in development with two new vineyards planted, one on the stunning East Coast near Freycinet and the other in picturesque Evandale, just south of Launceston. Vanessa and Neville hope that this expansion will see the Barringwood range grow, allowing even more variety when it comes to their unique drops.