Tolpuddle Vineyard is located in the Coal River Valley, about 20 minutes drive from Hobart, in Tasmania’s southeast. It’s 20 HA in size with equal plantings of mature (1988) Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines. Under the current owners, Martin Shaw, and Michael and Matthew Hill Smith, there is a firm commitment to respecting the site. They produce two single vineyard wines under the Tolpuddle Vineyard label; Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay and Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir. The climate is at the cool extremes for viticulture in Australia. An anomaly for such a cool climate is that the rainfall is significantly lower than many of Australia’s other cool climate regions, reducing the risk of disease. The site itself is northeast facing. The soil is light silica over sandstone. Tolpuddle Vineyard takes its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs; convicts sent to Australia for starting England’s first agrarian union. Forming part of the original property that group leader, George Loveless, was sentenced to work, is Tolpuddle Vineyard.