Jansz is named after the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman, who first sighted the island we now call Tasmania in 1642. When Jansz established their vineyard in 1975, they originally named it after Tasman’s ship – the Heemskerk. Tasmania is significantly cooler than mainland Australia, with long summer daylight hours and maritime influences, the ideal conditions for long, slow and consistent fruit development. Jansz’s vineyards are situated in the north-east of the island in the Pipers River region of the Tamar Valley. Here the vines benefit from the cooling influences of the Bass Straight, and thrive on the red, free-draining basalt soils. The climate conditions actually emulate the French Champagne region, and in 1986, recognising the similarity, Heemskerk Wines partnered with the prestigious French Champagne house Louis Roederer to produce the first premium sparkling wine in Tasmania using the Traditional Method of second fermentation in bottle. Like Champagne - they call it Méthode Tasmanoise! In 1997 the business was purchased by the Hill-Smith family (of Yalumba fame), and Jansz are now one of the most highly regarded sparkling wine houses in Australia. Their wines are outstanding value for money - look out for their Tasmanian devil symbol on their bottles to sample some devilishly sublime bubbles!