Tasmania is now internationally recognised as a high-end producer of cool climate wines. With more than 160 producers, many of the wines are only sold within Tasmania. Therefore, you are sure to make some unique discoveries to add to your cellar.
Tasmania has several distinct wine trails. Wherever you are travelling in this splendid state, you will stumble upon friendly vineyards that won’t disappoint.
Award-winning wines can be found within a two-hour drive south of Hobart. Tasmania’s southern-most winery is located on Bruny Island. Enjoy food and wine tastings at the wine bar and grill while you overlook the vines. The Huon Valley rewards visitors with such wineries as Home Hill, Hartzview and Panorama Vineyards which provide delightful food and wine menus in relaxed settings. For an historical touch, visitors to Hartzview can wander through the Heritage Pickers Hut Village.
Near Hobart, the Richmond area takes you back in time with beautifully-preserved historical buildings and parks. Driving through the Coal Valley district provides the perfect opportunity to visit some wineries along the way. If you are travelling with children, the Puddleduck Vineyard is ideal. Enjoy a picnic on the deck overlooking the duck pond, accompanied by your choice of bubbles. For a more upmarket experience, a delectable lunch or high tea is available at Riversdale Estate with its lovely setting overlooking the lake.
Panoramic views and superb food are available at the Coal Valley, Pooley and Frogmore Creek vineyards. Frogmore Creek was awarded Australian Regional Restaurant of the Year in 2015. In early 2016, Pooley Wines won Best Riesling at the Tasmanian Wine Show. Make sure you visit Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard which is the oldest in the area to complete this trail.
Travelling north from Hobart, the Derwent River nurtures some larger wineries with a particular emphasis on high-quality Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Award-winning Moorilla Estate conducts highly professional tours and tastings with a chance to appreciate some exquisite art on the side at the Museum of Old and New Art. Derwent Estate and Laurel Bank also boast numerous prestigious awards for their wines. Visit Stefano Lubiano’s vineyard to see hand-crafted wines produced with such innovative methods as composting and using guinea fowls to remove weevils.
Great Eastern Drive
Painted cliffs, stunning beaches and breathtaking walks can be found along the Great Eastern Drive. You will also find some of Tasmania’s great wine experiences along this trail. The small Darlington Vineyard in Orford provides priceless views of historic Maria Island. Further north, you are spoilt for choice in the greater Cranbrook area. Freycinet, Milton and Devil’s Corner wineries provide mouth-watering food and highly-praised liquid refreshments in gorgeous settings which allow you to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area. The small family-run Spring Vale has an original convict stable on site.
Tamar Valley and Pipers River
For serious wine lovers, there is no better base than Launceston. As the gateway to Tasmania’s oldest wine growing area, you will find dozens of wineries along with fruit farms and lavender plantations. In the Tamar Valley, some of the family-owned wineries which produce hidden gems are Holm Oak, Goaty Hill and Moores Hill. For animal lovers, Wines for Joanie gives you the chance to meet their farm friends whilst enjoying your bubbles. To the north-east, Pipers Brook offers brilliant ocean views with equally impressive food and wine. The intriguingly-named Leaning Church Vineyard has sumptuous food and wine in a fun atmosphere with tours of the somewhat crooked church.
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