Pipers Brook founder pops up with two new labels: Apogee and Alto

Tasmanian winemaker Dr Andrew Pirie, who founded Pipers Brook Vineyard (HuonHooke.com/winery/1104) more than 30 years ago, has popped up again with two new labels: Apogee and Alto. Pirie believes his new vineyard, 30 minutes north of Launceston, represents the culmination of the experience and knowledge he has acquired during his 40 years of selecting and developing vineyard sites and building brands in Tasmania. Pirie says the temperature regime is very cool and similar to Champagne, although pinot gris also ripens to table-wine specifications.

“After many years of running large vineyards I am back to pruning, driving the tractor and tending the vines,” he says. “Growing vines was always my favourite pursuit and it is great to be back hands-on. This is my sixth vineyard in Tasmania and it has all the hallmarks of a very great site!” Pirie will release his first Apogee vintage sparkling wine and Alto pinot gris table wine in October. All wines are 100 per cent estate-grown. Total output will be capped at 1500 cases. 

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