Southwood Wines is a vineyard in a beautiful part of Tasmania (actually all of Tassie fits that description!) around 45 minutes out of Hobart on the way to Port Arthur. Kellevie is a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ spot, filled with dairy cows, sheep, goats, olive growers and lots of small farming families growing amazing produce destined for forward thinking restaurants and rustically charming farmers markets around the south of the state. Oh… and this region, roughly described as the East Coast, is home to great vineyards, growing world class, award winning grapes and producing superb cool climate wines. It’s one of the reasons we chose to plant pinot vines. The other reason is simply that we are passionate about Tasmanian wines and particularly passionate about Tasmanian pinots. Our exciting challenge is to grow and produce pinot noir that we are happy and proud to drink and share…we’re hoping you are too!
Southwood is a ½ Ha vineyard of pinot noir clones (4 varieties) planted in December 2020, located in Kellevie, South East Tasmania. Our vines are planted on part of a 7Ha property, with a cottage, a few cows, horses, geese, chickens and a domestic cat (at last count!).
With the help of generous neighbours, fellow vineyard owners, family and friends plus our super-enthusiastic group of founders, we have planted, pruned, picked and produced our first vintage of pinot noir.
Southwood Pinot Noir 2021 is named White Kangaroo in reference to the name of the road that leads to the Campania vineyard, Roslyn 1723. Here we have been able to practice our grape harvesting and wine producing skills whilst we sensibly and patiently tend to our own vines and await the maturity of own Southwood grapes (not letting the grass grow beneath our feet!).
White Kangaroo grapes have been hand-picked, matured in aged and new oak barrels, bottled and labelled and are destined for our friends and family. We hope you enjoy our first release of Pinot Noir as much as we have enjoyed getting it to you.
Tasmania has some quirky road, street and place names, so after White Kangaroo we are eagerly anticipating 88 Woolleys and Longbottom Creek vintages coming next!