We are Tasmania’s oldest established vineyard, producing premium quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines.
Set on the northern slopes of Brown Mountain in the rolling countryside of north-east Tasmania, the vineyard produces annually about 200 dozen Chardonnay, 250 dozen Pinot Noir and 50 dozen Riesling.
Providence also retails a host of other fine Tasmanian wines – all delivered freight-free by the dozen anywhere in Australia!
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Our style of wine
Tasmanian wine styles are usually dry table wines with firm acidity that have excellent keeping qualities. Whilst the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are always subjected to ageing in French oak, wood is not the dominant feature of the finished wine. Whilst Pinot Noir is always put through a full malo-lactic fermentation the Chardonnay is not.
In 1996 Providence began selling other Tasmanian wines on behalf of small winemakers whose locations or facilities did not allow them adequate access to the wine-loving public.
This proved so popular the range just kept expanding and we now cellar over 50 other fine Tasmanian wines, all at competitive prices.
In addition, Providence is able to access for its internet customers almost all other current release Tasmanian wines.
Pinot Noir is currently 100% D5V12. We originally thought that some vines we purchased in 1985 were the clone MV6 but they were also D5V12! Chardonnay is I10V1 and Penfolds. The Riesling clone is unknown.
Trellising is a mixture of vertical shoot placement (VSP) and Carbonneau open lyre. Vine spacing in the VSP is 1.0 and 1.25 metres and row pacing is 1.5 metres. The open lyre spacing is 3.5 metres between rows and 1 metre between vines. Post angle is 22.5o.
Canopies are kept to a maximum density of 300 mm and bunch areas are progressively exposed at veraison. Cropping levels are closely monitored to keep yields at or below that required to achieve full ripeness.
We are taking steps to tackle the damage done by Silvereye birds, a protected species that are ‘supposed’ to be arboreal. But they access the netted blocks by crawling underneath the nets! We are currently buying used elevator cables: 16mm and 20 mm steel cable that we will lay over the nets to stop this incursion. Expensive, maybe, but the damage in 2012 was over $15,000 in current grape prices. Also, we are going back to black netting: We can’t see any holes in black netting and neither can the birds!