Heading to Tasmania for a long wine weekend? Joe Menezes, aka Instagram’s @onceuponawine_ and QCollective member, shares his favourite cellar doors on The Apple Isle.

Pooley Wines

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.
Take home: You can’t go past the 2015 Family Reserve Pinot Noir. It’s the embodiment of Tasmanian Pinot Noir at its very best.
1431 Richmond Road, Richmond; (03) 6260 2895

Moorilla Estate

Moorilla Estate

Moorilla Estate is located within the grounds of MONA, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tasmania. The wine-tasting area is on the building’s second floor to take full advantage of the picturesque views of the vineyard and Derwent River, best enjoyed from the lounge area, glass of wine in hand. Book ahead for the 3.30pm guided tour (available Wednesday to Monday) of the unique gravity-assisted winery, which allows wine to be moved gently through the different stages of processing. Leave the car at home and take either the MONA Roma shuttle bus or fast ferry to the cellar door.  
Tasting fee: $10, which is reimbursed upon the purchase of any wine.
Take home: For those on a budget, the Praxis entry-level range is extremely well priced, fresh and fruity in flavour. If money is no option, take home one of the prestigious Cloth Label wines.
655 Main Road, Berriedale

Freycinet Vineyard

Freycinet Vineyard

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.
Take home: The Louis Riesling/Schönburger for something outside of the Tassie wine box. A spectacular and extremely memorable wine.
 1519 Tasman Highway, Between Bicheno and Swansea; (03) 6257 8574

Clover Hill

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. Cheese platters are available every day; share plates prepared from a seasonal menu that focuses on local produce are available on weekends.  
Tasting fee: $5, which is reimbursed upon the purchase of any wine.
Take home: The Cuvée Exceptionnelle Blanc de Blancs. Fantastic value for money at $65 a bottle and would give most champagne houses a run for their money.
Pipers River, 60 Clover Hill Road, Lebrina; (03) 6395 6114

Josef Chromy Wines

Josef Chromy

You don’t rush in for a quick tasting at Josef Chromy’s cellar door. Instead, spend quality time exploring the expansive, exquisite estate with a glass of bubbles in hand. You will work up an appetite – and there’s a fantastic restaurant located behind the cellar door, which serves an upscale Modern Australian menu paired with local wines.
Tasting fee: $5, which is reimbursed upon the purchase of any wine.
Take home: Josef Chromy is best known for chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines. The 2008 LD (Late Disgorged) sparkling wine is simply sensational.
370 Relbia Road, Relbia; (03) 6335 8700

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Craigie Knowe

Craigie Knowe

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.
Take home: The Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. But if you have room in your suitcase, take more!
80 Glen Gala Road, Cranbrook; 0499 901 109

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, so the tasting lines can get awfully long.
Tasting fee: Sample any four wines for free; $15 to sample the entire range.
Take home: The 2008 Grande Vintage. A classic Tasmanian sparkling wine. 
60 Rowbottoms Road, Granton; (03) 6263 7457

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Riversdale Estate

The magnificent views, European interiors, superb French bistro and outstanding wines make Riverdale Estate an unforgettable winery experience. It’s a 20-minute drive to Hobart CBD but if you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, stay at one of the luxe French provincial cottages, which come with impressive water views and 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.
Take home: The sparkling rosé is a total crowd-pleaser, affordable and perfect for the festive season.
222 Denholms Road, Cambridge; (03) 6248 5555

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