There’s a song about the 12 Days of Christmas. We’ve decided to re-invent it and are offering you 12 Christmas tipples to get in the festive mood. Choose to sip each one in celebration of the silly season, pop a bottle under the tree or visit them ‘on location’ during the summer time. Then again, you could do all three. It is the season to be merry.
1. William McHenry
Bill McHenry has a pretty special place down on the Tasman Peninsula. Pure spring water bubbling up on his property form the DNA for his spirits. Try one of his award-winning gins or book in for a gin-making workshop where you can bottle and label your very own masterpiece using Tasmanian botanicals.
2. Hartshorn Distillery
He’s making vodka from sheep’s whey and its turning heads in New York. He is Ryan Hartshorn and you can try his special drop at the Brooke Street Pier or at Grandvewe Cheeses – the family business where Ryan sources his whey. He even hand paints every bottle individually.
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3. Willie Smiths summer special
The Apple Shed and summer go hand in hand. Head down to Grove and enjoy Willie Smith’s summer ciders in the open-air barn. Better yet, go on a Friday evening when there’s live tunes. They go very nicely with a tasting paddle.
Header image: The Apple Shed, which is Willie Smith’s cellar door and home of amazing cider and awesome design taste. Image supplied by Willie Smiths.
4. Home Hill Vineyard
If you like your Pinot Noir, Home Hill is the place to go. It began as six rows of vines and an enjoyable side hobby. Today it’s an award winning vineyard and the location of many exchanged wedding vows. In summer time, it doesn’t get much better than an alfresco seat near the vines.
5. Lark Distillery
Bill Lark – he’s the Godfather of Australian whisky and he sure knows how to make a good drop. In fact, just this year he was inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame in London. Pull up a chair at his waterfront bar or hop aboard a Lark whisky tour.
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6. Nant Whisky
Been to Nant’s whisky bar in Salamanca since its recent expansion? It’s still tucked away up Wooby’s Lane, the ideal location for a quiet whisky flight. Whisky enthusiasts can also venture out to Bothwell, one of Australia’s earliest inland settlements, for lunch at Nant’s Atrium Restaurant and Cellar Door.
7. Redlands Estate
Redlands will be at The Taste for the first time this year. What’s more, they’ll be whipping up cocktails to recipes accurate from Hobart Town’s early days. Get a taste for Redlands here (Dec 28-Jan 3) then why not visit their new Kempton location in 2016.
8. Domaine A Stoney Vineyard
If you haven’t yet been to the oldest vineyard in the Coal River Valley it’s time to visit Domaine A. Established in 1973, this vineyard has a great yarn to tell, and we won’t spoil it for you here. Just believe the words of Matthew Jukes and go. He says, “I have never been so gob-smacked with a range of wines in my life…..1998 Domaine A Cabernet….nothing short of a life changing wine.”
9. Frogmore Creek Wines
Another vineyard in the Coal River Valley that’s a must stop is Frogmore Creek Wines. Settle in for lunch in the sunshine at this family-owned vineyard, one of Tasmania’s most awarded. And don’t forget to explore the upstairs gallery.
10. Pooleys Vineyard
Guess who won Tasmania’s best Riesling at the esteemed Royal Melbourne Show for 2015? Pooleys Vineyard is the winner of that honourable badge and is the perfect place to perch for an afternoon tipple near Richmond.
You can also score woodfired pizza and live music on Sundays at the vineyard!
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11. Frank’s Cider
If you’re looking for cider that is grown and made by Tassie locals, you’ll find it at Frank’s Cider – it’s run by sixth generation apple growers! Using apples grown at their property on the banks of the Huon River, their cellar door is located at an amazing old school house in Franklin, which the owner, Naomie, attended as a child.
12. Moo Brew
You can’t go past Moo Brew and Moorilla wines. If you’re heading out to Mona, that rather well known gallery of ours, time it with the Moma Market (Mona’s Market). Pull up a bean bag for an afternoon of art, bubbles, beer and market fun.
Words: Alice Hansen, Tailored Tasmania
Remember folks, please drink responsibly!