From the bubbles around your paddle to bubbles in your glass, Tasmania is world-class.
Our sparkling wine has been deemed as good as that from Champagne and, in some cases, even better and there’s no better place to taste them, and our other classy, cool climate wines, than at the cellar door.
There are over 95 cellar doors around the state, each loaded with its own character and style from modern stylish architecture to historic stables nearly 200 years old, and everything in between. There’s something intrinsically authentic about tasting wine at the source, learning about its characteristics and flavours, usually whilst gazing over the very vineyards that formed it. Often too, the winery tales you’ll hear are direct from the winemaker themself or their family.
The fruit for Tasmania’s wines grow in cool maritime conditions that are free from extremes. A long ripening period allows the grapes to slowly develop that wonderful depth of flavour found in so much of the island’s produce. It’s why our grapes attract the country’s highestprices, the wines are attracting global reputation and what makes the wine industry itself so vibrant and exciting.
But, back to those cellar doors and how to find them.
Wine Tasmania has made it easy to navigate yourself around the cellar doors with four geographic wine trails – Tamar Valley, North West, East Coast and Southern - plus there’s even a varietal wine trail so you can customise a tour to taste your favourite styles of wines!
It’s very hard to play favourites but these are a couple of regulars on our Tassie travels:
- Puddleduck at Richmond: yes there are ducks on the dam and the wine labels! Known for its reverse BYO where you bring the picnic and pick your favourite wine to match. Bubbleduck (sparkling) is delicious and keep an eye out for equally delicious but only occasionally released red sparkling, Muddleduck.
- Bangor at Dunalley: the deck on a sunny afternoon, overlooking sparkling bays, savouring oysters freshly plucked from those very waters below and matched with a delicious wine? Life doesn’t get much better! Their Abel Tasman Pinot Noir is also a very worthy drop with a close historic link.
- Gala Estate and Craigie Knowe on the East Coast: these two cellar doors are housed in eclectic old buildings, one the old post office and other a farm shed, which provide a great atmosphere for tasting wines on original fa
- Devil’s Corner at Freycinet: the architecture is modern and perfectly captures the views across to the magnificent pink granite mountains of the Hazards. A great range of wines available here as well as pop up food.
Plus we also recommend:
- Bay of Fires at Pipers River: home to the world-renowned House of Arras sparkling and in a region full of other premium wineries including Jansz.
- Tamar Ridge at Rosevears: beautiful views across the Tamar River and Valley and a great range of wines to taste.
- Goaty Hill at Kayena: a warm welcome, great wines and lovely outlook.
- Marion’s Vineyard at Rowella: planted in 1979, it’s one of the original vineyards and still owned by the inimitable Marion!
- Moorilla at MONA, Hobart: wines to match the amazing art - nofurther words needed!
- Stefano Lubiano, Derwent Valley: biodynamic winery with an organic/biodynamic restaurant serving Italian cuisine. Outstanding wines and lovely river views.
- Woobly Boot Vineyard, Campania: boutique vineyard run by the ever-friendly Paul and Lynda. Offer some wonderful vineyard tours as well as tastings
Author: Kerry Scrambler
Top: Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed – Copyright Kerry Scambler
Bottom Left: Devil’s Corner Cellar Door – Copyright Pete Harmsen (supplied from Tourism Tasmania Visual Library)
Bottom Right: Devil’s Corner views – Copyright Kerry Scambler
31 May 2018