Kate Hill Wines
Kate Hill Wines, established 2008, is located on the edge of Huonville in southern Tasmania’s magnificent Huon Valley. Under the watchful eye of winemaker Kate Hill, wines are produced from grapes from their two vineyards in the Huon Valley, as well as fruit sourced from some of the best vineyards in other parts of southern Tasmania.
The wines are made in a 19th century apple cool store and packing shed which Kate and her husband Charles have converted into a winery. Their winery, which includes a bottling line, is well equipped, enabling them to be fully independent winemakers, with control over quality at all stages of the winemaking process.
Prior to moving to Tasmania in 2006, Kate was fortunate to have worked in wineries across Australia and overseas, where she was exposed to many different wine varieties, styles and climates. A love of wines from cooler climates combined with a love of Australia, drew her and husband Charles to one of the coldest areas Australia could offer – the Huon Valley. The Kate Hill Wines brand was established in 2008 using fruit from southern Tasmania and a contract winemaking facility. It was not until 2011 they established their own winery and started planting vines in 2016. The cellar door opened in 2017. At the cellar door site they have three hectares under vine including chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz (possibly Australia’s coolest shiraz vineyard site). Another hectare of pinot noir is located at the winery site, not far from the cellar door.
At Kate Hill Wines, the focus is on producing and sourcing the highest quality fruit possible, and allowing the fruit to be crafted into wines of elegance, character and expression of the fruit they were made from. Minimal intervention is the overriding philosophy, something that is easy to achieve when soil health and fruit quality are so good.
It will be very exciting to see how the wines from our Huon Valley site evolve in the years ahead. So next time you are wondering what to do in southern Tasmania, why not pop into the cellar door and see how things are progressing at Kate Hill Wines – we would love to see you!