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.
One of Tasmania’s first wineries, Moorilla had been creating stellar drops for more than three decades when art impresario David Walsh bought it in 1995. Located on the grounds of Mona (the winery came first), just outside Hobart, the brand’s old-world heritage has collided with the contemporary skill of winemaking wild child Conor van der Reest. Take your visit to the next level with the Moorilla Decanted experience ($165 per person), where you’ll step into the estate’s underground wine bunker and taste rare drops under the guidance of one of Moorilla’s resident wine-savants after a stroll through the vineyard. You’ll take a complimentary bottle of wine home, too.
Tasting fee: $15
655 Main Road, Berriedale; (03) 6277 9960; Cellar door open Friday - Monday from 12pm.
House of Arras
Ed Carr from House of Arras is Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker. So where better than this winery in the Pipers River Wine Region to learn about, taste and buy a bottle (or two) of bubbles? The Sparkling Scholar experience takes you from novice to expert in under a day in a masterclass where you’ll learn how terroir, climate and fermentation methods affect the final product. Alternatively, the Wine, Wildlife and Vineyard Tour begins with a 45-minute guided tour through the vineyard accompanied by plenty of House of Arras wine, of course. At dusk, spot the local wildlife with binoculars as your guide points out wedge-tailed eagles, scarlet robins and platypus as they pass by.
Tasting fee: $20 for five wines
Sparkling Scholar, $89 per person; Wine, Wildlife and Vineyard Tour, $140 per person. Bookings required. House of Arras Bay of Fires Cellar Door, 40 Baxters Rd, Pipers River; +61 3 6382 7622; Cellar door open Thursday - Monday.
Josef Chromy Wines
Don't just do a tasting at Josef Chromy’s cellar door. Instead, spend quality time indulging in the fantastic two- or three-course lunch menu at the estate’s restaurant, which serves an upscale Modern Australian menu paired with local wines. Take a deep dive with the Art of Sparkling tour where you’ll discover the méthode traditionelle of Josef Chromy’s signature bubbles. The team will walk you through the winemaking and disgorging process before taking you into the laboratory to choose and add liquor into the wine, resulting in your very own bottle of sparkling to take home. Finish up with a two-course lunch at the restaurant, with Tasmanian wine, naturally.
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.
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 oenophiles who appreciate award winning, 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 4.30pm. 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 makes the whole experience both educational and entertaining.
Tasting fee: None.
1519 Tasman Highway, Between Bicheno and Swansea; (03) 6257 8574. The cellar door is open seven days a week for tastings between 10am and 5pm.
Clover Hill 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 at this architecturally-impressive spot, the views will grab you. 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: $15 per person to taste six sparkling wines; $35 per person for cheese platter and six sparkling wines.
Pipers River, 60 Clover Hill Road, Lebrina; (03) 6395 6114. Cellar door open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4.30pm. Bookings preferred.
No winery is a better example of the expression “you can’t judge a book by its cover”. Though it may be set in a rustic tin shed, the wines are topnotch, reasonably priced and the 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 Friday to Monday, 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 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; Cellar door open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Ghost Rock Wines
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 seven days a week, 11am to 5pm. Bookings essential.