Some grapes are grown on the alluvial Tamar Valley soils, which are made up of gravels, sands and loams. This type of soil is optimal for growing Pinot Noir because it encourages slow ripening.
In turn, this enables the fruit to develop great colour, flavour and aromas with appealing intensity - just what you want in a good Pinot. Others, more typically those of the that lovers of cool climate wine will seek out , are grown on the dolerite-based soils which give the wines more structure, weight and power.
Grape picking in Pipers River can be up to two weeks later for sparkling base wines, and four weeks later for table wines, than the Tamar Valley. The soils around Tamar tend towards sandy, whereas those near Pipers are high in iron and have plenty of clay - thus giving the vineyards better water retention.
Pipers River region is a great place to find some of Tasmania's best Chardonnay. The climate here is slightly warmer than in most other Tasmanian wine regions, so the grapes have the chance to ripen fully and develop lovely, rich flavours while still retaining good acidity. As a result, the wines have beautiful balance and can age gracefully for many years.
If you're looking for an alternative to Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, the Riesling from this region is definitely worth seeking out. The climate here is perfect for this variety.