Picture this: you, relaxing in the sunshine, elegantly sipping a glass of vino (like royalty!) while surveying the beautiful view across the very vineyard from whence it came. With the festive season fast approaching, it’s probably best—responsible even—to ease into it at one (or several) of Southern Tassie’s amazing wineries. Experiences range from cellar door tastings, to vineyard tours, to incredible platters and meals showcasing the top-notch local produce.
Here are our tips on where to pick your plonk. Check each winery for experience details and opening hours (some require bookings in advance). Oh, and be sure to reel in a Designated Dave or catch public transport (you know, for safety).
Coal River Valley
The Coal River Valley wine region stretches between Cambridge and the historic Georgian town of Richmond. It has the looks, it has the charm, and all within half an hour’s drive of Hobart.
- Domaine A / Stoney Vineyard is the oldest vineyard in the Coal River Valley, and their range of incredible wine reflects the ancient soil and extended sunlight hours throughout each long, cool season.
- Frogmore Creek produces exceptional cool climate wines and features an award winning cellar door, restaurant offering fresh local produce, and stunning function centre.
- Pooley Wines (Belmont Vineyard), a third generation family business, invites you to enjoy their fabulous wines and classic food platters at their charming 190 year old cellar door barn in Richmond.
- Puddleduck Vineyard is family owned and operated – they grow the fruit, make and sell the wine 100% onsite. They welcome visitors for customised wine tastings, vineyard tours, light lunches and cheese platters – plus you can BYO picnic!
- Riversdale Estate offers a warm and unforgettable experience, with the family the sixth generation to work and contribute to the property. Enjoy the magnificent views, European interiors, cellar door, and superb French Restaurant.
- Wobbly Boot Vineyard is a boutique, family owned and operated, dog friendly vineyard producing limited quantities of cool climate Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines. They offer a very personalised experience, with wine tasting and vine to glass activities, as well as BYO picnics.
Wobbly Boot Vineyard
It’s not just about the apples in the Huon Valley / Channel region! Keep your eyes peeled for sprawling vineyards nestled amongst the rolling hills. Then go to them.
- Bruny Island Premium Wines, Bar & Grill offers an extensive menu specialising in Bruny Island produce, including tapas, gourmet burgers and platters, all matched with their premium cool climate wines. The cellar door offers tastings and sales.
- Hartzview Vineyard offers spectacular views, tastings of their wines, ports and liqueurs, and all day lunches in the cafe (as well as an extensive dessert menu). You can also stroll through the Heritage-listed pickers huts.
- Home Hill Vineyard & Winery Restaurant offer tastings at their stunning rammed earth cellar door, as well as fresh, flavoursome local produce in the restaurant – all amidst stunning views of the vineyard and rolling Huon hills.
- Two Bud Spur Vineyard is a boutique vineyard in Gardners Bay, with the philosophy of growing premium grapes and producing world-class wine through low yields and simplicity of wine making, while minimising their ecological impact.
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Homehill Vineyard & Winery Restaurant
Greater Hobart & The Derwent Valley
Art and wine are a match made in heaven, so enjoy a Moorilla wine or three at Mona while you look at the art and feel all the feelings. Push your emotions back deep down inside before cracking on towards the poplar lined streets of the Derwent Valley.
- Moorilla is a winery (with a museum attached) making small-batch, cool-climate wines from estate-grown fruit. Drink it at Mona, at its bars, festivals, restaurants, café and luxury accommodation pavilions.
- Meadowbank is a farm and vineyard offering intimate and personalised wine tasting and dining experiences by appointment. Walk with a family member through one of Tasmania’s oldest and largest family-owned and operated vineyards.
Moorilla bubbles at Mona
Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed
Wandering Richmond: History, Picnics, Shopping, Food and Wine
Cider & Wine in the Huon: Four Places to Stop for a Tipple
Tours, Tipples and the Great Outdoors in the Southern Midlands
15 Fun Spots to Stay in the Derwent Valley & Central Highlands
@riversdaleestate via Instagram