Iced Vovo popped into a couple of wineries on our little break away to the North East Coast of Tasmania.
Sinapius (sin-ay-pi-us) Vineyard is located central to the Pipers Brook wine region. The small 2-hectare vineyard is owned and run by Vaughn Dell and Linda Morice, who purchased the property in 2005 at the rather young age of 24. Both are Tasmania born and bred but have spent time living, studying and working in the Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and Margaret River, learning what they could about the wine industry with the intention of returning home to start their own viticultural business.
They are hands on in all aspects of the business from tending the vines, crafting the wines, and distributing the finished product, through select outlets across the country. In order to maintain the highest quality they cap production at a maximum of 1000 cases, from 3 hectares of close planted vineyards.
Sinapius currently have three wines in production a Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. On our visit the Chardonnay had already sold out but we got to taste the other two that were distinctive and full-bodied in flavour.
We were greeted by the vineyard escort, their friendly dog, and Linda who took us through the wine selection and the barrel room for some photos.
Sinapius is well worth a visit on any trip you’re planning to the area.
A long-time favourite of Iced Vovo’s in the Piper Brook area is the Bay of Fires vineyard. Set against a picturesque backdrop and in a delightful modern architecturally designed tasting room, featuring wonderful art works and more, you can taste the selection of premium wines.
On this visit I tasted their full range of sparkling wines and three out of their four white wines, the Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Unfortunately the Sauvignon Blanc was sold out but well worth a try when you can.
All their wines are beautifully balanced and have kept me coming back to the vineyard regularly over the eight years since moving to Tasmania.