Hartzview Vineyard was established in 1988 by Rob and Anthea Patterson. The 125 acre property, located at Gardners Bay, was purchased by Rob’s late mother June (Audie) Patterson in 1976. Audie gifted a block of land to Rob and Anthea as a wedding gift and they relocated from Sydney to start their new life and family together in Tasmania.
In the early 1980s the Hartzview property was still operating as a fruit farm – producing a large percentage of Australia’s gooseberries. Rob had a keen interest in developing the land so investigated the possibility of planting grape vines to make wine. He undertook various site and soil tests of the property and it was determined Hartzview was not dissimilar to the French regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux – a perfect site to grow pinot noir. In 1988 the first Hartzview pinot noir cuttings were planted.