The Lowestoft homestead is one of Tasmania’s oldest, built between 1839 and 1850. This magnificent property is located on the banks of the picturesque Derwent River and overlooks the renowned Mona museum and art gallery and Moorilla Winery. The Lowestoft vineyard is a small densely planted (8,300 vines per hectare) 3-hectare vineyard with some of the oldest Pinot Noir plantings in Tasmania. Originally planted in 1986, the grapes are some of the most sought after in Tasmania
Due to the small size of the Lowestoft vineyard, we are progressively sourcing the best parcels of fruit from select growers spread across different subregions, including the Huon Valley, Derwent Valley, Coal River Valley and Tamar Valley.
We have also planted two new vineyards of our own at Strelley Farm (Richmond) adjacent to the Coal River Valley, and Gilling Brook (Forcett) to the east of Strelley Farm. Both vineyards have north, north-east facing sites with outstanding soil profiles and abundant water – critical in the Coal River Valley where the rainfall is low at only 300–500mm per annum.
From the 2023 vintage we will have the benefit of additional fruit from these vineyards and the very best parcels in each year will be used in the Lowestoft wines. Production of all wines takes place at Tasmanian Vintners, which is 100% owned by Fogarty Wine Group and ably led by chief winemaker Liam McElhinney.