Winery and Vineyard 

Kate and Charles firmly established themselves in the Huon Valley with the acquisition of a large, 19th century apple cool store packing shed on the edge of Huonville in 2011. Following some refurbishments and alterations, they started making their wine in the lovely rustic, wooden shed for vintage 2012. By 2013, with the installation of a new bottling line, their winery was fully equipped, giving them independence in all aspects of winemaking. All of the Kate Hill Wines have been made under the watchful eye of Kate ever since. With a well equipped winery, Kate Hill Wines is achieving the goal of continuous improvement in wine quality, while minimising dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

Kate Hill Wines has been sourcing fruit from vineyards in southern Tasmania since 2008. Establishment of their own vineyard commenced in 2016 with one hectare of chardonnay at the Dowlings Road site, adjacent to the cellar door. Shortly after, in 2017, one hectare of pinot noir and one hectare of shiraz were planted. The shiraz was planted at the high end of the vineyard where the soils are shallower and it is a little warmer to facilitate ripening. Another hectare of pinot noir was planted the following year at their Glen Road site, where the winery is located. The shiraz and chardonnay were harvested for the first time in vintage 2020, and the entire four hectares of vines will be harvested in 2021. By vintage 2022, the vineyards will be in full production.

Whilst the goal is to produce the highest quality fruit possible, the overriding philosophy in the vineyard is for the soils to be in exemplary health, to eliminate dependency on non-renewable resources, and to enhance the diversity within the vineyards and their surroundings.

Kate Hill Wines continues to be a James HallidayWine Companionfive star winery.