Tasmania is a haven for good food and good wine – so how do you pick the best? Sample a few drops at these winery cellar doors near Hobart and beyond.
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This quaint cellar door, set inside a sandstone structure from the 1830s exudes warmth, character and charm. In the heart of the Coal River Valley, a 15-minute drive from Hobart, Pooley Wines has been producing first class cool-climate wine for more than 20 years and has built a reputation for amazing riesling, pinot noir and chardonnay. It’s a must for wine devotees who appreciate high-quality, well-crafted wines.
Tasting fee: $5 entry-level tasting fee; $15 to sample the premium, single vineyard wines. Both are refundable upon the purchase of any wine.
1431 Richmond Road, Richmond; (03) 6260 2895. Open for tasting between 10am and 5pm. Bookings required.
Freycinet Vineyard’s cellar door isn’t elaborate but it stands out for its incredible wines, knowledgeable staff and position a 15-minute drive to Freycinet National Park. It’s suitable for all types: couples, groups, wine tours and even wine novices. The cellar door assistant is extremely friendly and makes the whole experience exceptionally educational and entertaining. Private tours of the vineyard are also available by appointment.
Tasting fee: None.
1519 Tasman Highway, Between Bicheno and Swansea; (03) 6257 8574. Open for tastings between 10am and 4pm; and until 5pm December to May.
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Clover Hill (pictured top) is a must for sparkling wine lovers who want to enjoy a long and bubbly afternoon. As soon as you step through the front door, you’re overcome by a “wow” sensation. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture the gorgeous vineyard in its entirety and glass doors open up onto a grassed area where you can plonk yourself in a beanbag and admire the scene before you.
Tasting fee: $10 per person to taste six sparkling wines; $30 per person for cheese platter and six sparkling wines.
Pipers River, 60 Clover Hill Road, Lebrina; (03) 6395 6114. Open Friday to Sunday, 11am to 4.30pm. Bookings preferred.
Josef Chromy Wines
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Don't just do a tasting at Josef Chromy’s cellar door. Instead, spend quality indulging in the fantastic two- or three-course lunch menu at the restaurant located behind the cellar door, which serves an upscale Modern Australian menu paired with local wines.
Tasting fee: $30 for a zero-contact seated wine flight plus cheese board.
370 Relbia Road, Relbia; (03) 6335 8700; Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm; open seven days from 1 December. Bookings required.
No winery is a better example of the expression “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. Set in a basic tin shed, the wines are topnotch, reasonably priced and the rustic setting is quite charming. Relax outside with a glass of wine and a share platter, which features local cheeses from Pyengana and Coal River Farm accompanied by Tasman Sea Salt crackers. Sweet tooth? Craigie Knowe also offers wine matched with Coal River Farm chocolates.
Tasting fee: None.
80 Glen Gala Road, Cranbrook; 0499 901 109; Cellar door open Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
Stefano Lubiana Wines
Tuscany meets Tasmania at Stefano Lubiana Wines thanks to a large stone fireplace, terracotta floor tiles, Tuscan-style gardens and an incomparable view of the Derwent River. Stefano Lubiana is suitable for all types of wine lovers so arrive for the 11am opening as this cellar door is extremely popular with the locals and travellers alike.
Tasting fee: $5; redeemable with any wine purchase over $50.
60 Rowbottoms Road, Granton; (03) 6263 7457; Cellar door open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Bookings recommended for groups of four or more.
The magnificent views, superb French bistro and outstanding wines make Riverdale Estate an unforgettable winery experience. It’s a 20-minute drive to Hobart CBD so if you’re looking for an easy weekend getaway, stay at one of the French provincial cottages, which are only a stone’s throw away from the cellar door and bistro.
Tasting fee : Sample four wines for $10, which is reimbursed upon the purchase of any wine.
222 Denholms Road, Cambridge; (03) 6248 5555
Ghost Rock Wines
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Twice a winner of Tourism Tasmania's Best Cellar Door, this winery is set amid the gorgeous scenery of the Cradle Coast and the Bass Strait. There's plenty to keep you entertained: an extensive grazing menu should you want to nibble while you sip, a full lunch menu if you're properly hungry and a vast green lawn for kids to roll around on a sunny afternoon.
Tasting fee: $15pp for groups of 10 or more
1055 Port Sorell Road, Northdown; (03) 6428 4005. Cellar door open Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. Bookings essential.
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