Tasmania is a food lover’s paradise, long known for its quality fresh produce, local seafood and fine dining. These days the state is also becoming increasingly well-regarded for its variety of top-notch wines as well. Boasting a cool, average temperature range similar to Europe, Tassie is home to some of the country’s best cool-climate wines. The state’s vineyards have become particularly popular for sparkling wines, chardonnays, pinot noirs, rieslings and cabernet sauvignon varietals. With more than 60 different vineyards located around Tasmania, visitors to the state can enjoy tasting quality vintages across four wine regions: the Tamar Valley, the Southern region, the Eastern Coast and the North West Coast. If you’re a wine buff and want to enjoy a relaxing holiday that includes plenty of five-star food and wine, then you can’t ignore Tasmania. Read on for five great vineyards to visit on your next trip down south.
Located just 12 km outside Hobart, Moorilla Estate is the perfect vineyard to explore if you stay in hotel accommodation in the city and want to start your tasting adventures in the vicinity. The award-winning vineyard was founded in 1947 and takes its name from the Aboriginal term for “rock by the water”. Set in a picturesque spot overlooking the Derwent River, Moorilla is owned by entrepreneur David Walsh, who also founded the nearby Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania’s top tourist attraction. Today the boutique winery specialises in premium wines made from sustainable, organic and bio-dynamic fruit and provides visitors with a first-class Wine Bar facility to enjoy on-site. Travellers can also participate in a winery tour and tasting that lasts for an hour.
You can sample more of the state’s fine varieties at Jansz Tasmania, situated an hour’s drive from Launceston in the Tamar Valley in north-eastern Tasmania. Fans of sparkling wine should definitely add this winery to their itinerary, since it’s the only specialist Tasmanian vineyard devoted purely to bubbly. The area’s cool climate allows for grapes grown in the region to develop the lingering acidity that is so essential to producing quality sparkling wines. Visitors to the winery can take advantage of free tastings in the on-site Wine Room or purchase a cheese board and enjoy a picnic.
Another Tassie winery that offers visitors the chance to enjoy cheese platters and light lunches and sample wines at its cellar door is Goaty Hill. Situated north of Launceston, the vineyard is owned by six friends from two families who were determined to build a business together while also having fun — no doubt a mission accomplished. Travellers wanting to take their time exploring Goaty Hill can learn more about the winery’s history and production methods by embarking on a tour of the premises. It finishes with a tasting of the vineyard’s latest vintage plus a complimentary glass of wine at the cellar door.
Another popular winery for tourists who visit Tasmania is Home Hill Wines. Mostly known for its award-winning pinot noirs, the vineyard is located in the heart of the Huon Valley, around half an hour’s drive south of Hobart. Visitors who head to Home Hill can enjoy free tastings at the winery’s restaurant as well as lunch and dinner on select days of the week. Foodies can indulge in a lavish meal paired with the vineyard’s best wines and appreciate the fresh local produce sourced from all around the winery. The restaurant was named as one of the best Australian restaurants in 2002 by Mietta and specialises in fresh Tasmanian salmon, rainbow trout and oysters.
A family-owned vineyard that was established in 1979, Freycinet was the first commercial winery on the East Coast of Tasmania — the region is now home to more than a dozen different vineyards. Freycinet Vineyard is open to visitors daily, and travellers can enjoy not just wine tastings but also purchase estate-grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tasmanian cheese and quality coffee while exploring the winery.