1. Learn the art of sparkling
Bubbles are on everyone’s lips at Effervescence. But this celebration of sparkling is not just about drinking the stuff. Join a tour of the Josef Chromy winery and they’ll walk you through the steps to making traditional method sparkling wine (for the novice, it’s a Tassie drop that rivals French champagne). Pick up the wine lingo, learn about the fermentation process and blend a bottle to your own taste and take it home with you. Effervescence also has master classes, delicious degustation dinners, behind the scenes tours, and even recovery brunches at some of Launceston’s finest restaurants.
When: 16-19 November
Where: Relbia – just out of Launceston
2. Sample some of the best
Try a drop that’s credited with placing Tasmania as second only to the Champagne region in France. It began in 1988 when winemaker Ed Carr set out to craft an exceptional sparkling wine equal to the world’s best. His search led him to Tasmania and in 1995 Australia’s finest sparkling was born, The House of Arras. Now, plenty of champagne aficionados raise a toast to Tassie bubbles.
3. Share a glass with the locals
Enjoy the best all-day lunch of your life on Tasmania’s east coast at the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival. Set on the waterfront, it’s the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with leading local wine and beer makers, food innovators, chefs, and even a vintage surfboard collector – all in a stunning setting. There’s live music and a patch of grass waiting for you, along with crayfish, mussels, oysters, wine and more.
When: 18 November
4. Join a month long celebration of food and wine
Celebrate Devonport’s finest local produce at the Devonport Food and Wine Festival. Sit down to dinner, go to a cooking class, join a wine tasting and everything in-between. If an evening of fresh Tasmanian oysters done three ways matched with local sparkling doesn’t do it for you, you’ll still have one week to sit down at Hundred Bears pop-up restaurant to devour picks from some of Tasmania’s best producers. Drift Restaurant will also be dishing up a five-course seafood degustation dinner – each course matched with Tasmanian wines.
When: 1-31 October
5. Be mesmerised by rising bubbles
Jansz was Tasmania’s first sparkling to use the traditional méthode champenoise. What does it take to make a drop this good? Cool mornings and a little genius will do nicely. A visit to the Wine Room at Jansz will have you tasting sparkling and learning about the winemaking process.
6. Drink in the atmosphere
A beanbag and a bottle of Morilla sparkling from Mona’s onsite Cellar Door should be on every Tassie pilgrimage list. Your first glass is poured for you on the MR-1, a camouflaged catamaran that takes you from Hobart CBD up river to the Museum of Old and New Art – Mona. On arrival, make your way to the onsite winery, Moorilla, and sit in the wine bar in the sunshine on the terrace. There’s also wine tours at the onsite gravity-assisted winery with tastings in the barrel room or cellar door.
7. Sip boutique bubbly
At Clover Hill you’ll sample a fine selection of Methode Traditionelle sparkling wines. Enjoy a glass in the elegant interiors or wander outside and relax on the lawns while taking in the spectacular views over the rolling hills to Bass Strait. Book ahead for the Clover Hill Elite VIP Experience, immerse yourself in Tasmanian sparkling production and learn about cellaring best practice.