Lebrina, Tasmania

Dr Andrew Pirie disgorging a bottle of sparkling
Dr Andrew Pirie disgorging a bottle of sparkling

Dr Andrew Pirie is among a select few vignerons to be genuinely considered a legend of the Australian wine industry. After more than 30 years producing, consulting and guiding the production of wines in Tasmania, Apogee is the culmination of all his years of experience.

The philosophy at Apogee is simple; produce single vineyard wines from the best small holdings of no more than 2Ha., using Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris that Pirie has personally selected to make the finest sparkling wines available from Tasmania.

The main production is a classically blended, traditional-method sparkling comprising around 35% of Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and the balance from Pinot Meunier.

95 Points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“The Apogee project has had several objectives, the main is to produce traditional method sparkling that rivals Champagne. Others are to demonstrate how the latest knowledge of terroir can pin-point great sites and to show that single site sparkling’s can produce the best wine.”

Apogee Wines were awarded 5 Stars in the 2021 James Halliday Wine Companion

95 Points – Single Vineyard Alto Pinot Gris 2021

Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Monthly, 2022

“The wonderfully refreshing fragrance and purity of this cool, slow ripening season declares itself. It’s delectably floral, alluringly supple and spine-tinglingly electric all the way through a long and determined finish. Everything Gris should be, charged with an extra dose of cool Tasmanian energy.”

95 Points – Single Vineyard Deluxe Vintage Brut 2017

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, February 2022

“Medium to light straw-yellow hue, with a smoked-charcuterie overtone at first on top of dry-grass and meadow-hay aromas. The palate is delicate yet intense, very dry on the finish and savoury, mouth-puckering in its tannin and acid-powered dryness, resulting in highly appetising properties. The finish is smooth and lingering, with lovely line and seamless texture. An excellent food-style fizz.”

95 Points, Single Vineyard Alto Pinot Noir 2020

Huon Hooke, The Real Review, February 2022

“Bright, medium-depth red colour with a good tint of purple. Attractive smoked-charcuterie aromas which shade the fruit somewhat—a slightly dominant barrel influence, while the palate is very bright and juicy with refreshing acidity and lively personality. Attractive fruit starts to emerge on the bouquet after time in the glass. A delicious, vibrant style of light to medium-bodied pinot, a wine of effortless charm.”

Apogee cellar door
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines at Apogee.


Andrew & friends disgorging a bottle of Apogee
Andrew & friends disgorging a bottle of Apogee