The Tolpuddle Vineyard is located in southeast Tasmania’s Coal River Valley wine region. The vineyard is close to the historic village of Richmond, a 20-minute drive from Hobart (26 kilometres).
The 20-hectare (50 acre) vineyard produces premium pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. Tolpuddle resources some of the country’s best wines, including Eileen Hardy chardonnay and Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay. Tolpuddle is also a key contributor to the Hardy Wine Company’s Bay of Fires and Tigress range and the acclaimed Domaine Chandon Tasmanian Vintage Cuvee is made exclusively from Tolpuddle fruit. Tolpuddle also contributes fruit to its own wine label, Glenayr. Glenayr wines include pinot noir, chardonnay, small quantities of riesling and a rare Tasmanian blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. The most recent addition to the range is a vintage Pinot Noir Chardonnay.
Established in 1988, Tolpuddle Vineyard was named after the Tolpuddle martyrs – a group of British farm labourers who were transported to Australia after attempting to form a union. Their leader, George Loveless, once occupied a cottage at Strath Ayr farm, now the home of Glenayr wines.
In 2006, the Tolpuddle Vineyard won the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania’s inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year Award.