Bay of Fires Winery
40 Baxters Road, Pipers River TAS
03 6382 7622
When sparkling winemaker Ed Carr visited Tasmania in the late 1990s, he was on a mission.
A firm believer in the state’s potential as a leader in cool-climate wine production, he was looking for the perfect plot on which to plant some vines. When he discovered the Bay of Fires property, he knew he had struck gold.
Bay of Fires Winery was officially established in 2001 but its first vines were planted back in the mid-1980s. More than 16 years on from that first trip,
Ed remains in charge of all things effervescent as Head Sparkling Winemaker. He is joined by Winery Manager and Head Winemaker for Bay of Fires Wines, Penny Jones. With over a decade of winemaking experience working with prestigious wineries in South Australia and stints at notable locations in the United States and China, Penny is well equipped for the role.
The winery is located on a bold and iconic piece of Tasmania and these characteristics infuse the pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot meuniere and pinot gris grown on-site. Each of the grapes are carefully harvested before the team of talented winemakers transforms them into wines of outstanding quality.
In addition to vines on the property the winery also sources fruit from different parts of the state, ensuring the Bay of Fires brand is truly representative of regional Tasmania. This combination allows each bottle to deliver long lasting flavour and intensity and adds an extra level of complexity.
These grapes are then used to create three labels of wine – Bay of Fires, Eddystone Point and House of Arras. They can all be sampled at Bay of Fires’ Cellar Door, which offers tastings and light lunches. The modern, architecturally designed space is the ultimate location to taste the winery’s flagship still wine, the Bay of Fires Pinot Noir.
A brilliant purple in colour, the 2016 vintage displays sweet, ripe strawberry aromas with Chinese five spice and cinnamon nuances. With moderate tannin and a remarkable intensity and length, it is a balanced drop that matches beautifully with smoked duck breast or poached pears.
The pinot noir isn’t the only drop on offer. For sparkling wine fans, there are several options, including the multiple trophy winning EJ Carr Late Disgorged.
Crystal clear in appearance, it displays nuances of honey biscuit, truffle, nougat and sea spray. The palate reveals a complex profile of natural yoghurt, exotic spices, Swiss and oyster mushrooms with an elegant structure.
With a glass of wine in hand, customers can look out over the beautiful gardens, plentiful vines and the nearby Pipers River. The Cellar Door is also home to a range of clothing, art and gifts, as well as a selection of Tasmanian produce, perfect for taking back home.
If you’re looking for a winery that truly encapsulates the essence of Tasmania, look no further than Bay of Fires. Consistently creating outstanding white, red and sparkling wines with an intensity and richness like no other, Bay of Fires is dedicated to sharing their distinctive drops with all.