Winemaker Nick Glaetzer has transformed an iconic warehouse on the edge of Hobart’s CBD into the base for his award-winning company Glaetzer-Dixon Family Wines. The cellar door is open for tastings and sales on weekends and by appointment throughout the week. In 2011 Nick drew international attention to Tasmania’s cool-climate wines when his Mon Père shiraz won Australia’s most prestigious wine award, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. Before then many people believed it was impossible to grow shiraz successfully in Tasmania, but now Nick and a handful of other producers cannot keep up with demand for their cool-climate, Rhone Valley-style Shiraz, which is known for its distinctive white pepper character.
It was not shiraz but pinot noir that first drew Nick to Tasmania in 2005 from the Barossa Valley, where his family owns the famous Glaetzer Wines. He fell in love with pinot while working in Burgundy and the Languedoc in France and now sources his fruit from a select group of vineyards in the Derwent, Coal River and Tamar Valleys. Nick, who is also one of Australia’s most highly-regarded riesling producers, is usually on hand to talk visitors through his wines and generally wax lyrical about the Tasmanian wine industry.
Glaetzer Dixon Family Winemakers
93 Brooker Avenue, Hobart
For appointments call 0417 852 287
Images & words: first appeared in the recently launched Tailored Tasmania 2.
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