From vineyard open days to degustation dinners, Claire Todd seeks out something to tickle your fancy and entice your palate.
Most of the time, Tasmanian winemakers are up at dawn and breaking at dusk; pouring every last drop of time and energy into crafting exquisite cool climate wine for consumption around the world.
But as seasons change and warmth creeps back into our midst, these dedicated vignerons pause to share their stories and craft with you.
Open Vineyards Weekend: 4-5 March 2017
Ever wondered if winemakers really squish the grapes with their toes, or if they taste more than they bottle? Well the Open Vineyards Weekend of March 4-5, 2017 is your chance to find out.
The event, organised by industry stalwart Graeme Phillips, sees vignerons across some of Tasmania’s unique wine regions throw open their doors to the public.
Quiz a winemaker, taste their wares, wander through the vines, enjoy some live entertainment and laze away an early autumn weekend.
Some of those participating don’t even have cellar doors, so be sure to check out the list and have a sticky beak of those vineyards you won’t find on a wine route.
Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend: 20-21 May 2017
Follow your nose to Hobart’s waterfront where the bold, the brash and the beautifully balanced are waiting at the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend.
Held at Princes Wharf 1 on 20-21 May 2017, the event captures the spirit behind Tasmania’s unique take on the scarlet drop.
Our climate, our dirt, our winemakers’ dedication to crafting the perfect drop, is evident in palettes of red, destined for top-notch restaurants around the world.
But this event means you can sample all the good stuff and chat to the clever chaps behind it all in one spot and all for the price of a movie ticket and popcorn.
Just as the wintry chill hits, the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend is just your chance to stock up before hibernation.
Great Eastern Wine Weekend: 9-10 September 2017
You haven’t seen Tasmania until you go east. It’s where everyone gets a white beach to themselves, and azure water stirs your soul. It’s where rocks are stained orange, and salty breezes wake your senses.
The coastal romance from Maria Island to Binalong Bay is palpable and should be enjoyed with the windows open, shoes off and a bottle popped.
Lucky the region boasts several award winning and emerging vineyards, many of which will be featured at the Great Eastern Wine Weekend on 9-10 September 2017.
This event honours the distinct style of coastal drops, while also showing off its springtime epicurean talents. Visit cellar doors, meet the makers, enjoy a Gala Dinner at Freycinet Lodge and welcome back longer days and leafy trees.
Effervescence: 17-19 November
There’s a reason bubbles happen first. It’s because they refresh the palate and set the mood. Bubbles get people talking and tongues fizzing. Bubbles are brilliant. So imagine an entire event held in celebration of this glorious genre of wine.
Effervescence takes the stage at Josef Chromy in Relbia on November 17-19, 2017.
Corks will pop and winemakers will croon about how Tasmania has emerged as an international leader in sparkling production. The methods used in famed regions such as Champagne have been borrowed and nurtured to suit the Tasmanian climate.
But you don’t have to be a sparkling savant to partake in the offerings of Effervescence. Fans of fizz can pop along and get cluey at a master class, chill out on the lawns at Bubbles and Beats, learn what to fill your flutes with when eating cheese at a talk with cheesemaker Nick Haddow, or dress to impress at the Grand Degustation dinner.
A snazzy little prelude to the silly season, Effervescence shouldn’t be missed.