This is where it all begins. We are a small family vineyard, and our vines are hand-tended to ensure that our grapes are of the highest quality. We have 4 hectares of vines, growing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
At a latitude of 42°53’ South, Bangor’s vineyard is one of the most southerly in Tasmania, and the world, making it a true cool climate site. We manage our vineyard to produce premium quality, cool climate wine.
Bangor’s vineyard overlooks the seaside township of Dunalley. A well drained clay-loam soil over ancient dolerite rock, combined with a northerly aspect, provides perfect growing conditions for premium quality Tasmanian wine. Being coastal, frost is not an issue for us, and the beautiful view over Dunalley and Blackman Bay makes working in the vineyard a joy! Our hand-tended vines are carefully nurtured, producing award winning wine.
We grow Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grape varieties that are well suited to our cool climate site. More than likely you'll come across a sixth-generation Dunbabin while you're here.
Bangor is a 6,200 hectare property that was farmed as early as the 1830’s for supplying beef to the Port Arthur Settlement, and has been cared for by the Dunbabin family since the 1890’s. With over 5,100 hectares of native forests and wetlands, 35 kilometers of coastline and 2,100 hectares of private conservation reserve, caring for the environment is our way of life here at Bangor.
Pinot Noir is a Tasmanian specialty. Our cool climate allows us to make premium Pinot Noir wines that have wonderful red fruit flavours with subtle spice and gamey aromas. The delicate yet complex flavour and aroma of Pinot Noir make it one of the most highly prized wines in the world, and a fantastic food matching wine. Pinot can be paired with Tassie seafood, pasta, lamb and duck, and is a real crowd pleaser!
At Bangor we make two styles of Pinot Noir. The first is a youthful and vibrant Pinot that is gently aged in large-format old oak. Handpicked from select Bangor Pinot vines, this wine is a bright, mouthwatering style that is rich with fun red-fruit characters. Captain Spotswood is designed to be enjoyed with family and friends all year round.
In the 1830's, Captain John Spotswood held the first land grant at Bangor, including the site where our vineyard now stands. Early accounts record that he rather enjoyed a drink, and we expect that he would have fancied a glass of this Pinot Noir named in his honour! Read more about Captain Spotswood here.
Abel Tasman is our flagship wine label. Crafted from carefully selected Bangor vines and matured in French oak, Abel Tasman is an elegant, full-bodied Pinot Noir. The savoury complexity of this wine will develop further with careful cellaring over the next 5-10 years.
Tasman Bay, on Bangor's northern coastline, is the site where Abel Tasman planted the Dutch flag on December 3rd, 1642. We have named this wine in honour of Abel Tasman and the beautiful island that would come to bear his name. Read more about Abel Tasman here.
Jimmy's Hill is a true, cool climate Pinot Gris, handpicked from Bangor vineyard. Our vineyard is in the ideal spot for growing premium quality Tasmanian Pinot Gris, with rich, full and interesting flavours, guaranteed to delight. We make 2 styles of Pinot Gris, a traditional bright and fruity style, and a Reserve Pinot Gris that is gently aged in old oak. The Reserve Pinot Gris is very limited release and sells out quickly.
Pinot Gris can be enjoyed on its own, and is also a wonderful food wine. With fresh fruity characters and a lovely glossy texture, it pairs beautifully with a wide range of fish, shellfish, white meats, salads and cheeses.
Rising a commanding 1002 ft, Jimmy's Hill is Bangor's highest point and one of Tasmania's convict era semaphore stations. With a simple hut for shelter, Jimmy, the rugged bushman who called the remote outpost home, maintained a vigilant eye on adjacent stations, standing by to relay messages. Read more about Jimmy's Hill here.
1830 is a cool climate Tasmanian Chardonnay crafted from Bangor's premium hand-picked fruit. Matured in French Oak, 1830 is an enjoyable blend of rich stone fruit characters and fresh citrus flavours, with subtle notes of vanilla. Chardonnay is another classic food wine, pairing beautifully with seafood, white meats and soft cheeses.
In 1830 John Dunbabin, convicted of horse stealing, was transported to Van Diemen's Land. Having narrowly escaped the hangman's noose, he was determined to make the most of his opportunities. Through sheer hard work, John earned his freedom and bought his own land, paving the way for five generations of farming at Bangor. Read more about 1830 and John Dunbabin here.
20 Blackman Bay Road
Dunalley, Tasmania, 7177
(03) 62 535 558