Pipers River, Tasmania, Australia
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Jansz is recognized as being one of the most successful producers of Champagne style sparkling wines in Australia. Their ability to make such good sparkling comes from their location on the north end of the island state of Tasmania, in a wine growing region called Pipers Brook, which is fairly close to Tassie’s second largest city, Launceston.
What makes this region so special when it comes to producing a sparkling wine? Tasmania is blessed with microclimates suitable for making a few different styles of wine, but where Jansz is located, everything falls into place for sparkling wines. The nearby Bass Strait cools the vines in summer, extending the growing period which gives the fruit high natural acidity. Also, Tasmania is between 41 and 43 degrees South, the same latitude as many other wine growing regions, including Marlborough in New Zealand, Northern California and Northern Italy.
Jansz is named after the famous Dutch explorer, Abel Jansz Tasman, the first European to sight Tasmania in 1642 on board the ship Heemskerk. The Heemskerk winery was established in 1975, and over the next few decades several changes were made and today it is known as Jansz winery. In 1986 there was a working relationship with Louis Roederer winery from Riems, the famous Champagne house. The classic cultivars for Champagne production were planted, and the focus on sparkling wine production was well under way.
Today Jansz produces sparkling wine using the Methode Tasmanoise technique, which stays true to the traditional Methode Champenoise of France, but embraces some of Jansz’s personality and philosophy. Wines have been produced under the watchful eye of Natalie Fryar who is proud to have been part of the Jansz team since 2001 and part of something as special as sparkling wine production in a special place like Tasmania.