Vineyard of the Year

The Annual Vineyard of the Year Event 

Following the successful alignment with the Wine Tasmania VinØ (Vin-Zero) program in 2018 we have decided to continue that partnership with the aim of expanding the membership of that program over the next few years.  Both the Vineyard of the Year competition and the VinØ program are aimed at developing the industry and assisting members in attaining best practice so it makes sense to better align both.

As in previous years, the prestigious Vineyard of the Year Award will also be open to other vineyards not participating in VinØ.  Entry will be $85.00 for non VinØ members and free for VinØ participants.  We have again simplified the judging criteria by removing the commercial in confidence components and focusing on-farm factors such as pruning techniques, fertiliser application and storage and soil management. 

All participants in VinØ will be invited to enter the Society’s award, with their VinØ surveys and information being used as the basis for judging. This will reduce the burden on VinØ program members, as they have already completed an in depth analysis and report on their viticulture practices. There will also be the continuation of the ‘Most Improved Vineyard’, highlighting a business which has best demonstrated continual improvement in the VinØ program or through previous entry in the Vineyard of the Year competition.

Vineyards wishing to enter that are not part of the VinØ program can download an entry form from the Society’s website at Entries close on 26 January 2019.

Earlier this year, the Society named Jansz Parish Vineyard at Tea Tree in the south of the State, as the 2018 Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year and the 2018 Most Improved Vineyard. As part of its Award, Jen Doyle and her team hosted a very successful wine sector field day at the vineyard.

Judging of the 2019 Vineyard of the Year will occur in the first quarter of next year, probably around early to mid February 2019 and the winner will host a field day in late May 2019.

“Wine Tasmania has been a long term supporter and partner in the Vineyard of the Year initiative and is delighted to announce that the 2019 program will be further enhanced through linkages with Wine Tasmania’s VinØ program. VinØ is a tailored program to help Tasmanian growers monitor, measure, report, benchmark and improve their viticultural practices, to produce outstanding quality grapes, while minimising impacts on the environment and the community.” said Paul Smart, Technical and Extension Officer of Wine Tasmania.

“The VinØ program strives for the same positive outcomes for Tasmanian wine producers as our own Vineyard of the Year program”, said Scott Gadd, CEO of the RAST. “So it made sense to extend our benchmarking program to participants in VinØ without the need for formal entries.”

 More information on VinØ can be found here:


2019 Gravitas Energy Vineyard of the Year

Enter the 2019 event by filling out the application form and sending back to – Entry Form


2018 Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year Winner – Jansz Parish 

Judges were particularly impressed with the management, nutrition and disease control. 

A bit about the 2018 Vineyard of the Year…

  • Jansz Parish Vineyard at Penna in the Coal River Valley, has been awarded the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania 2018 Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award.
  • With some 60 hectares under vines, the vineyard is the southern base for the production of quality grapes for Jansz Tasmania sparkling wines, Parish Vineyard Riesling and Dalrymple wines.
  • As well as being awarded Vineyard of the Year, Jansz Parish Vineyard won the Most Improved Category in a program which this year for the first time was partnered with Wine Tasmania’s best practice management program, VinØ
  • Originally established in 1999, the vineyard was acquired by the Hill-Smith Family in 2012, and has been expanded across a range of environments. It mainly grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
  • According to the judges, Jansz Vigneron Jen Doyle has developed a very effective management program that focuses on achieving specific outcomes for the sub-vineyards across the various environments that range from lower flats to upper slopes on the adjoining high hillside known as Mt Lord.
  • Judges were impressed by a very carefully devised nutrition program which provides for a good canopy and replacement of nutrients removed with the varying crop loads. The carefully developed “low impact” disease and pest control programs have also achieved good results with quality fruit being hand harvested for Jansz Tasmania wines.
  • The weed control program provides for both herbicide application and mechanical forms of under vine vegetation removal with the use of innovative machinery.
  • The Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year is an initiative of the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania. It seeks to promote excellence in Tasmanian viticultural management as the foundation of quality wines.
  • The program is sponsored by Gravitas Energy in conjunction with Bennetts Petroleum, Geotas, Rabobank and Wine Tasmania. The judging panel comprised Paul Smart from Wine Tasmania, Fred Peacock representing the Tasmanian wine industry, Henry Dunbabin as last year’s winner and Frank Walker for the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania.
  • ‘We are thrilled by this acknowledgement and thank the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania for the award,” said Jen Doyle. “A lot of thought, planning and plain hard work by many people has gone into the vineyard and its expansion over the last six years.
  • “We are seeing the results in the quality of the grapes and hence the wines, and it is gratifying that this has been recognised by others as well. The Jansz Parish Vineyard and the environment around it is a special place, one we love and are proud of; we are looking forward to the field day when we can show others what we have been doing.’   

Previous Vineyard of the Year Winners