The Huon Valley has a long (and delicious) history with all things apple growing, and this heritage really shines through in the amazing varieties of fresh local cider. Let’s not forget about the Huon Valley’s other talents, with the area boasting some top conditions for producing cool-climate wines. A tasting tour of the Huon Valley’s tipples is sure to be a brilliant day – here are four places to visit!
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed at Grove is an easy (and scenic) 25 minute drive from Hobart and offers a wonderful experience. Taste their delicious cider, have a stickybeak at the distillery, and kick back with a scrumptious meal showcasing local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Pop into the museum to discover the history of apple farming through the eyes of the Smith family. For bonus fun, get a posse together and organise some tickets to the eclectic Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest (14 – 16 July 2017).
Home Hill Winery
Home Hill Winery reckon they’ve found and created the perfect place to enjoy the finer things in life, and we think they’re spot on. This Ranelagh country paradise boasts stunning views of the surrounding vines, pastures, livestock and the Sleeping Beauty and Wellington Mountain Ranges. Enjoy the peace and quiet while sipping their award-winning wines and partaking in a delicious lunch, with the restaurant’s menu reflecting their proud Tasmanian heritage.
Frank’s Cider Bar & Cafe
Let us be frank – you won’t want to miss this one! You’ll find Frank’s Cider Bar & Cafe in the former St John’s Church Hall (built in the 1870s) near the picture-perfect Franklin waterfront. With apples, pears and cherries all turning to liquid magic in Frank’s award-winning range, choose your favourite or taste them all! Grab a bite to eat in the cafe and you’re likely to be served by one of Frank’s descendants. Check out the museum for a walk down memory lane.
Hartzview Vineyard at Gardners Bay are multi-talented, offering a range of wines, ports, liqueurs, mead and cassis for you to sample. The Hartzview Wine Centre incorporates the Cafe, Gallery and Providore. You can also treat yourself to a night in their self-contained spa accommodation. History buffs will particularly enjoy the self-guided walk to the sensitively-restored fruit picker’s huts, which were home to workers and their families, and Italian Prisoners of War, in the early 1900s.
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