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Wine Tas: another bumper year

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The future's apparently bright for Tasmania's wine sector after another record year.

Wine Tasmania has announced the final tonnage estimate for last year's harvest: just over 17,000.

That's up nearly 1000 tonnes on the year before, equating to 1.24 million cases.

It's on the back of four consecutive years of strong yields, despite the usual challenges of bushfire smoke taint, frosts and rain during flowering hitting some areas.

"Vintage began early than usual in February for super premium sparkling wine grapes, with the majority of harvesting complete by late April," said Wine Tasmania's Paul Smart.

"It was a warmer than average season, with measured heat for most wine growing areas close to the warmest ever recorded. It was also a generally dry season across the state, reducing disease pressure, with the East Coast experiencing drought conditions."

Tassie's vintage also continues to punch above its weight.

While producing only 1 per cent of the nation's wine grapes, they're worth more than 4 per cent of the industry's value.

The blooming sector is also going hand in glove with tourism; interstate or overseas visitors to cellar doors rose to around 300,000 over 12 months.