Stoney Rise, a 30-year-old vineyard in the Tamar Valley, Northern Tasmania, is where Joe Holyman makes wine in his big green shed. Apparently during vintage he doesn’t wear many clothes and usually works into the wee hours of the night listening to loud music. While his wife isn’t sure if it’s all work, she enjoys the wine. (Maybe she should follow him on social media to check?)

For Stoney Rise, it’s all about drinkability, and the enjoyment of sharing wine with food and friends. They grow their grapes and create wines with minimal inputs… and maybe some nude pigeage, of course.

What style do you think characterises the pinot of your region?
The wines in Tasmania have an underlying fruit purity snd seam of nature acidity that I think cannot be found in any other Australian pinot noir growing region.

Tell us three things we need to know about your region?
Launceston Showgirls
Barnbougle Dunes
Peter Dredge lives here

What’s the one thing we must do in your region?
See the monkeys in Launceston City Park

When no one is watching, you drink…
Your drink.

Your pinots are best for…
Anytime people have friends come over.

Your pinots are best paired with…
Stoney Rise Pinot – maybe barbecued salmon? Holyman & Project X – wagyu brisket.

If not you, who else should people try?

The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…
Don’t laugh – it’s catchy and yes we have a tween in the house!

What song should we listen to when driving to the winery?

What song should we listen to when driving away and onto the next one?

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