Australian grown tea

 

Australian tea producers

Australian tea producers are located in all 4 states on the Eastern side of Australia. Queensland has been producing traditional black tea from Camellia sinensis assamica for over 50 years. Northern NSW has also produced traditional black tea but more recently small southern tea producers are starting to produce tea from Camellia sinensis sinensis. Victorian tea producers planted Camellia sinensis sinensis in the 21st century and this production is co-ordinated through a large Japanese tea processor / marketer and is limited to the production of traditional Japanese green tea. Tasmania has only one small tea producer who was the first to plant Camellia sinensis sinensis in the 1990's and they produce both green and black teas in their cool climate. Visit each grouping for fuller descriptions of Australian tea producers.
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Tasmania is Australia's most Southern tea growing region and produces cool climate tea.

Tasmania has some of the world’s most unspoilt locations boasting pristine wilderness, rugged mountain ranges, clean sandy beaches, breathtaking scenery and unique flora and fauna. The mild maritime climate with plenty of rainfall and fertile farming soils are ideal for the growth of many unusual crops.

Tasmania’s compact size, stunning gourmet food and cool climate produce, unhurried lifestyle, refreshing climate and relaxed and welcoming locals combine to attract novel and unusual food enthusiasts intent on creating bespoke food and beverages.

Throw in an extraordinary restaurant scene, where talented chefs do their thing with some of best local raw ingredients has aided in the development of a dynamic, innovative food culture where growers can try new products and consumers can savour their delights.

Tasmania was the first state in Australia to import Japanese green tea plants and there is only one commercial tea plantation operating in the state.
 
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Queensland, the most northern state of Australia with its summer dominant rainfall and world heritage tropical forests it is often called a tropical paradise.

With 6000km of coastline, the Great Barrier Reef and the tourism mechas of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Queensland is well known for its relaxed coastal lifestyle.

But dig a little deeper and you find it also has the worlds oldest rainforests, some extremely fertile soil and a really vibrant horticulture industry.

With a climate more akin to traditional tea growing areas such as Assam its no wonder Queensland was home to Australia's first tea plantation in the 1890's.

This was based on tea plants native to Assam in India and the teas produced in Queensland during the 20th century were dominantly traditional black tea typical of black tea produced in India. These plantations, including Nerada, Daintree tree and Nucifora are based in the north of the state. More recently Arakai has established in southern Queensland using tea plants native to China normally used for green tea.
 
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Victoria is the most southern state on the Australian mainland. It is a state with many climates from the hot, dry irrigated regions along the Murray river to cold alpine areas.

Tea production in Victoria is currently restricted to the river valleys draining the alpine areas. Ito En Australia selected these areas as suitable for tea production during the 1990's and 12 growers were chosen to grow their first tea crops over a combined total of 70ha of plantations. Field plantings were first established in 2001 and the Japanese green tea factory was built and completed by Ito En in 2004 in time for the 2004 spring harvest.