Craigie Knowe is the oldest vineyard on the East Coast of Tasmania. Our first vines were planted in 1979, by then Hobart dentist John Austwick. He was such a pioneer of the time, with many local farmers thinking he was crazy, but they quickly realised John was onto something and planted their own vines.
A passionate Bordeaux Blend Cabernet fan, John initially planted Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot, but Pinot Noir and Riesling soon followed. He made his own wine on site in what is now the Cellar Door, and built a great reputation as an exceptional cool climate winemaker.
We still grow the original varieties John planted, and in 2017 took on a long term lease of a small vineyard less than 2 kms away. At our Glen Heriot site, we grow Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and more Pinot Noir (to create our white Label Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir Rose).
Our philosophy is to grow exceptional fruit so our winemaker can weave his magic with minimal intervention. We do this by being meticulous in the vineyard, following the advice of our viticulturist and Alex and learning as much as we can…the little things really do make a difference.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy our wines as much as we do, and look forward to you visiting us soon.