“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” ― John Keats
Tasmania has the best wines. You know who said that? A Proud Tasmanian.
Our cool climate island is the perfect weather for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and our proud wine makers are making waves internationally (and on the mainland..) with our award winning vino. *According to James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, the first vines in Victoria and South Australia came from Tasmania. Take that Yarra Valley
Below is what we believe are the vineyards you have to visit on your next Tasmanian Wine Drinking Trip.
“The family’s love of wine was ignited many years ago, in 1954, when Denis Pooley became a founding member of the Hobart Beef Steak and Burgundy Club”
Pooley Wines is a five star rated multi award winning Tasmanian family winery located in the heart of the Tasmania’s famous wine producing region, the Coal River Valley.
The amount of awards these guys have won is too many to list but know their wine maker Anna Pooley is a national wine judge – national means wines on the mainland….
Pooleys have built a reputation on their cool-climate wines such as world class Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
If you take anything from this article – there was a Hobart Beef steak and Burgundy Club…
Address: 1431 Richmond Rd, Richmond TAS 7025
Puddleduck Vineyard is a family run vineyard, great wine, stunning location, etc, etc … but did you know they have a Puddleduck Rubber Duck Charity Race?!?? This annual event is held on the Puddleduck Dam and pits over 1500 competitive multicoloured rubber ducks against each other to cross the elusive finish line in a nail biting extravaganza.
To be a part of our race you will need to purchase a $10 duck for the race – there are three colours:
Pink duck proceeds go to Breast cancer Research
Yellow duck proceeds go to Childhood cancer Research
Blue duck proceeds go to Prostate cancer Research
We love this so so much. Great wines too.
Address: 992 Richmond Rd, Richmond TAS 7025
Coal River was named after the river ran through an area with a lot of (wait for it…) coal. The Coal Valley Vineyard are passionate producers of Pinot Noir., Since acquiring Coal Valley Vineyard in 1999, Gill Christian and Todd Goebel have increased the original 1ha hobby vineyard to 4.5ha of pinot noir, riesling, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay and tempranillo Enjoy stunning views of the Coal River Valley and Barilla Bay over the vines. No Coal is made here.
Address: 257 Richmond Rd, Cambridge TAS 7170
The home of Frogmore Creek and Forty-Two Degrees. One of the larger setups in the Coal river Frogmore Creek has established itself as one of Tasmania’s favourite wineries and a must for all visiting wine lovers. Proudly family owned, Frogmore Creek sources grapes from the finest cool climate regions in Tasmania. “The main theme for our Cellar Door shop remains local produce and table inspired items which offer quality and a sense of purpose for people who enjoy sharing wine, food and conversation”. FYI we have never seen a Frog on the grounds in case that was a pivotal point
Address: 20 Denholms Rd, Cambridge TAS 7170
At 40 years of age this is the oldest vineyard on the East Coast, Tooth be told it was originally planted by a dentist (did you see what we did there?). Now a family owned venture this rustic cellar door is producing some of the East Coast’s more delicious drops. Enjoy a wine tasting, gourmet vineyard plate, cheese board or chocolate and wine experiences and have a chat to the owners Sandy and Glen. No hard fillings about the dentist pun
Address: Craigie Knowe, 80 Glen Gala Rd, Cranbrook TAS 7190
“untamed & adventurous with award winning wines made for the wild at heart”. As much about the venue as the wine – this is a must visit for all those doing the East Coast Roadtrip.
Overlooking Moulting lagoon with spectacular views of the famous Hazard Mountains you will be hard pressed to find some where as picturesque to enjoy a local pinot. Not enough? Well wash it down with fresh Oysters and Mussels caught from the water around you. More? Climb the architecturally amazing container ship lookout to enjoy a view like no other. Still want more? The wine is also great
Address: Corner Tasman Highway and Sherbourne Road, Apslawn 7190
Phone: 03 6257 8881
This is Errol Flynn. Famous Tasmanian. Drank Wine – We assume
IN 1913 the Derwent Estate was first purchased by the current owners, also fun fact- this was the year the first Tasmanian Girl Guide company was formed! The last 25 years on Derwent Estate have been about making wine, and award wining wine at that. “The property has seen a vast array of ventures over the last 100 years or so including Sheep, Cattle, Vegetable production, seed crops, poppies, quarrying and the production of lime. Viticulture is the next exciting phase in the history of Mt Nassau.”
Address: 329 Lyell Hwy, Granton TAS 7030
- Home Hill
Rosemary and Terry Bennett, the proprietors of Home Hill, look down on the vineyard from their home, pinch themselves, and wonder how their relaxing hobby farm of six rows of vines has turned into an award-winning vineyard that produces some of Australia’s top quality Pinot Noir. Their home is on the hill. It’s in the name.
Address: 38 Nairn Rd, Ranelagh TAS 7109
Josef Chromy needs a movie made after him. At 19 years of age he fled his war-torn Czech village in 1950 after eleven years of Nazi and Soviet occupation. He escaped across borders guarded by minefields, dogs and soldiers to end up in Tasmania (Imagine a young John McClane). In 2007 when Josef reached 76 he decided it was a good time to launch Josef Chromy wines. With over 14 trophies, 170 medals and a chefs hat restaurant – it is one of the most successful launches in Tasmanian wine history.
*edit THERE IS A MOVIE ABOUT JOSEF CHROMY!! https://josefchromy.com.au/josef-chromy#d24a40e5-d3cb-44f2-9e5f-5b684d746a2a
Address: 370 Relbia Rd, Relbia TAS 7258
- Duration: 6 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Soak up the fresh ocean air and Tasmanian Countryside while sampling the wine and culinary delights that the Coal River Valley has to offer all in one incredible day.
This trail is an intoxicating combination of all the award winning vineyards that this region is famous for, all with the convenience of a designated driver so you have the freedom to indulge to your hearts content. We visit a minimum of 5 wineries and include a full locally produced dining experience for lunch.
“No wine region in Australia has more potential than Tasmania. Though in ‘wine years’ it is just emerging from the exuberance of adolescence. Tasmania’s unique set of attributes puts it in a strong position heading into the future and the confluence of wine, food, art and natural beauty in a compact package presents an alluring proposal to wine consumers and visitors to the state.”
— DAVID BROOKES, wine writer Gourmet Traveller, Wine Companion
If you feel the need to berate us on social media for the ones we missed then pity on you as we don’t read the comments.