Courtesy of Josef Chromy
Courtesy of Josef Chromy
Travel Tip

Drinking in the Tamar

Edwina Dick
“Rivers know this; there is no hurry, we shall get there some day” wrote A.A Milne. Arrive in Launceston, and this is the perfect way to approach a journey through the Tamar Valley too. Sure, a day trip is fun. Better though, to linger. At days end, return to the expansive deck of the Peppers Silo Hotel in time for sunset over the Tamar River — you’ve chosen the perfect base from which to drink this all in.

Boags Centre for Beer Lovers

The waters of the Tamar River are born from pristine tributaries, flowing from Tasmania’s central highlands. These are the same waters that are sipped around the world in the iconic local drop, Boags. Visit the brewery in the city and learn about the fascinating intertwined history of ‘Launnie’ and its beer. Stay for a pizza lunch too.

Rob Burnett
Fresh lager at Boags

Velo Wines, with Timbre Kitchen

Close to town, Velo is home to Tasmania’s oldest cabernet sauvignon vines, as well as one of the region’s most unique eating spots, Timbre Kitchen.  Visit the cellar door for a tasting of Velo’s famed cool climate wines before moving on to Timbre for the main event. Executive chef Matt Adam cooks on coals, controlling heat and smoke to heighten the natural flavours in the locally sourced vegetables and meat.

a dog running through the vines at a vineyard
Rob Burnett
Velo Wines

Goaty Hill Wines

Incredible views? Tick. Glorious vineyard platters? Indeed. A variety of classic, lovely wines to taste? You bet.  The Goaty Hill vineyard has everything you could want in a Tamar Valley cellar door visit. Established by two former Victorian families who charm visitors with their passion for vineyard life, those who want to avoid tree-change fantasies should enter with caution. Bring a rug or grab a seat on the deck, and make sure you scout out their spectacular riesling— you’ll enjoy every moment at ‘The Goat’.

Chris Crerar
Goaty Hill Wines

Holm Oak Vineyards

Home to one of Tetsuya Wakuda’s favourite pinot noirs, Holm Oak Vineyards make for a fascinating Tamar Valley stop. Here, the cellar door sits amongst the action—visit during vintage season (March to April) and you’re welcome to watch the estate’s grapes being processed. On any given day, there’s at least nine varietals to taste, as well as a selection of tasty local provisions available to purchase to create your own picnic. Kids will love feeding apples to vineyard mascot, Pinot d’Pig.

A close up photo of a pig
Rob Burnett
Pinot d’Pig at Holm Oak Vineyards

Delamere

The internationally renowned Pipers River region is home to some big wine-making names. Here, you’ll also find Delamere —a true Tasmanian grower and producer. Delamere is a 100 per cent family owned, grown and run sparkling and table wine producer. They bottle onsite too. Go here for their blanc de blancs and sparkling rose but don’t miss the pinot noir or chardonnay. You’ll love the ‘pick your own picnic’ open pantry with local produce for sale. No picnic blanket? No problem. Delamere have everything you need stay and enjoy!

Clover Hill Cellar Door

One of Australia’s principal sparkling wine producers, Clover Hill’s spectacular new cellar door has just taken out ‘Best Tasting Experience’ in the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2018 ‘Best Cellar Door’ Awards. Indulge in tapas and bubbles on the terrace, which connects the design-driven tasting rooms to the sloping emerald lawns. Book a week ahead for the ‘Elite Experience’ and gain an insight in to Tasmanian sparkling production and best-practice cellaring.

waitress serving on deck at vineyard
Supplied courtesy of Clover Hill Cellar Door
Clover Hill Cellar Door

Josef Chromy Cellar Door & Restaurant

Surrounded by century-old oak trees in Relbia, just 10 minutes from Launceston airport, locals take great pride in Josef Chromy’s many achievements, including the exceptional gastronomic experience he has created here.  Chromy’s kitchen crew have hosted world-renowned chefs (including Alain Passard) thanks to their passion for the local produce—a fitting match for the extensive Chromy wine collection. Don’t miss the estate’s elite Zdar label, and sticky fans should seek out the botrytis.

four glasses of wine and matched food at Josef Chromy Wine Tasmania
Rob Burnett
Josef Chromy Cellar Door & Restaurant

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard & Restaurant

Past pretty Deviot, perched high on a hill at Rowella, Iron Pot Bay Vineyard is a quiet achiever.  Visitors seek out the pinot meunier and the gewürztraminer, and love to stay for coffee and cake, or lunch. Here the menu— centred around Valley produce— is served in the cottage or under the trees outside, and includes vegan, vegetarian and children’s options.  Keep driving north to quaint Greens Beach, and dip your toes in the Tamar.

Saint John Craft Beer

There may not be valley views from this downtown ‘Launnie’ hole-in-the-wall, but the silver lining is you’ll be able to give full attention to the vast selection of craft beers and ciders this team has expertly curated. At any time, up to 14 taps are serving the very best local Tassie drops, amongst a dynamic international line-up. The bottled beer range includes over 170 craft labels — yes, you read that correctly. Tassie whiskies and white spirits also adorn the walls, and street-food made from local ingredients come into play after 5pm.

front of saint john bar launceston tasmania
Tourism Tasmania & Chris Crerar
Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston

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