Hobart and surrounds
So you like wine? We have some outstanding blends here. Let’s start by heading straight to Mona. Take the boat there and back. Make your way to cattle class and sit on a sheep – saves dollars for wine time. Wander the museum for a few hours, then enjoy a sparkling deep below in the Void bar. Don’t spend too much time down there, the Ether Building awaits. This is where they encourage you to “quaff Moorilla wine”. There’s a long winemaking history on this little peninsula that’s worth finding out about.
Spend the entire day at Mona and be the envy of your friends by dining in Mona’s new restaurant Faro. It’s in the Pharos Wing (don’t ask!). Or time your trip to collide with the Golden Hour – it involves communal dining with an outdoor element beneath art.
Today, explore the Coal River Valley. You are spoilt for choice in this region. First stop is Coal Valley Vineyard where pinot is a passionate specialty and nibbles come with big views across the valley.
The Frogmore Creek is pretty as a picture – just ask those who have chosen it for their wedding venue. After a tasting, head upstairs and journey through the history of Tasmanian winemaking artfully carved into the floor.
Coal Valley - second day
A little further up the road is Puddleduck, a family-owned vineyard complete with a pet duck named Lucky. He’s part of the fam, along with eight out of 12 staff who are family members. If you can get your hands on some, try their Bubbleduck Sparkling in a vineyard that welcomes reverse BYO, and self-catered picnics are encouraged. Might be an idea to nip down the road first to Wicked Cheese Company and stock up on some triple cream brie.
Next, drop into Pooley Wines. This elegant vineyard high on the hill looks down over Richmond. It has a three-generation history worth asking about over an award-winning drop.
There’s 5,000 vines at Darlington Vineyard – that’s quite a few. The vineyard is just 1km from Prosser Bay. Don’t leave Orford without dropping in. Admire their vines then walk the beach like locals do. There are good reasons that many Hobartians have holiday shacks up this way.
At Milton Vineyard, let French chef Sophie transport you to Bordeaux where she trained (closed during winter). Try a lively rose then drop into Spring Vale Vineyard – a farm that’s been in the family five generations. The Cellar Door is a former convict-built stable dating to 1842 and is also a fine place to sample Splendid Gin, created by east coast locals. Also nearby are Gala Estate and Craigie Knowe, the oldest vineyard on the east coast.
East Coast Day 2
At Devil’s Corner you can climb up the architectural ‘look out’ and take your first elevated peek across Tassie’s stunning east coast. Back down the stairs there’s a lively and fragrant riesling to enjoy along with Tombolo Café’s wood-fired pizza.
You’ll see Freycinet Vineyard before you pull over. Geoff and Susan planted their first vines in ’79 and in doing so, established one of the first commercial wineries on the east coast. Many more have followed since.
If time allows, drop into the family owned Overtime Vineyard for stunning sea views served with pinot noir. A great time to visit is during the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival held 16-18 November overlooking Waubs Bay.
Only 15 minutes from central Launceston, Josef Chromy Vineyard plays host to Effervescence 16-18 November. This celebration of sparkling includes masterclasses and degustation dining to tastings and beats with bubbles.
In the Tamar Valley, Artentwine merges sculpture with wine across family-owned vineyards between September and November. Catch this event or venture up to Pipers Brook where flutes are filled with sparkling made in the traditional method. Must stops include Jansz and Clover Hill.
A great place to stay in the valley is Wines for Joanie in Sidmouth. The 1940s restored cosy cottage has gorgeous rural views, a story to ask about Joanie, and of course, excellent wine.
If you’ve still got a few glasses in you, go to Moores Hill. They’re the first off-grid vineyard around here and they also have a pup named Otto you must meet. With more than 30 cellar doors spread through the Tamar Valley, the region is considered one of the Top 10 wine routes in the world. It’ll take under an hour to get to the airport from Moores Hill… is there time to swing past a few more cellar doors on the way?