Taste then experience Tasmania's wines
TASMANIA'S celebrated Tasmania Unbottled event is coming to Australia for the fourth year, bringing with it the largest showcase of the island’s famed cool climate wines and excellent produce.
Held across three dates in Brisbane (September 8), Sydney (September 12) and Melbourne (September 14), Tasmania Unbottled will delight wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs with its program of events including interactive tutored tastings and Winemaker Dinners, and its unprecedented offering of over 150 new release and award-winning Tasmanian wines in one location.
Registrations are essential and can be booked online at Wine Tasmania. Tickets to the event start from $40 (general consumer tasting).
For the full wine tasting experience, wine enthusiasts may choose to travel to Tasmania to explore the renowned Tamar Valley Wine Route, which recently launched a new interactive and downloadable map that allows visitors to search wineries by location, opening hours and wine variety.
The map also reveals added information such as the history behind the wineries and the amenities on offer. The new Tamar Valley Wine Route map can be found at Tamar Valley Wine Route.
Running alongside the scenic Tamar River, the Tamar Valley Wine Route starts in Launceston, and is easily accessible from Devonport and Launceston Airport. The route is Tasmania’s principal wine producing region, and covers over 170 kilometres, traversing lush green plains, gentle hills and rich valleys covered with vineyards. Over 32 wineries with cellar doors can be found along the famous route, including the following:
TAMAR VALLEY HIGHLIGHTS
Owned by two families, Goaty Hill is the result of a lifelong passion to create fine wines in the beautiful cool climate of the Tamar Valley. The estate produces multi award winning Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, and conducts tours of the 50 acre vineyard, where guests can learn about cool climate wine production from the resident viticulturist, and taste a current vintage at the cellar door. Goaty Hill also offers Gourmet Platters ($22 - $32) and Cheese plates ($11) designed to complement the estate’s wines from 10:30am – 4:00pm daily. Winery tours must be pre-booked online and cost $25.
Opening hours: The winery is open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm from August through to May. From June to July, Goaty Hill is open by appointment only.
Visit Goaty Hill.
Josef Chromy is one of the Tamar Valley Wine Route’s most highly regarded vineyards, and is recognized for its commitment and contribution to quality food and wine in Tasmania. Spanning 61 hectares, the vineyard includes a new state of the art winery, and a cellar door and café located in the estate’s original 1880s homestead. Here, visitors can unwind in front of the log fire over wine-matched lunches, gourmet platters and seasonal dishes, while enjoying the spectacular views of the landscaped gardens, vineyards and lakes. Also on offer is a series of Friday night events including pizza, jazz and barbecue themed evenings. Josef Chromy is famed for its premium sparkling wine and Botrytis Riesling, and also produce Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir.
Opening hours: seven days a week from 10am – 5pm.
Visit Josef Chromy.
Moores Hill is a boutique family owned vineyard specializing in estate grown single vineyard wines. The viticulturists here focus on producing wines with personality and character, carefully hand tendering the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet and Merlot vines before handcrafting them in small batches – maximizing quality and complexity in flavour. In addition to the wines, Moores Hill offers a tasting plate of Tasmanian cheese and local produce, guided wine tastings with the winemaker ($4 per head for groups of 10 or more), and barbecue lunches in the scenic cellar door (includes a guided wine tasting, a barbecue buffet and a cheese plate for $35 per head; minimum 12 people).
Opening hours: seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.
Visit Moores Hill.
Pipers Brook Vineyard
Pipers Brook Vineyard is one of four Tasmanian wineries under Kreglinger, which has a history of over 30 years as a modern pioneer and leader of the Tasmanian fine wine industry. Pipers Brook, in particular, is renowned for its sparkling wines, given its coastal location and cooler climatic conditions. A self-driven tour of the vineyards leads to the architecturally designed winery building, which houses the cellar door and a café serving excellent snacks and light meals. Here, guests can linger over lunch and take in the magnificent ocean views.
Opening hours: seven days a week from 10am.
Visit Kreglinger Wine Estates.
Set in the picturesque heart of the Tamar Valley, Rosevears Vineyard is one of the few vineyards on the route that offers a cellar door and retreat. Here, visitors can taste a stable of wines crafted by Chief Viticulturist, CEO and Tasmanian wine industry legend Dr Andrew Pirie, and stay the night in one of the vineyard’s 16 retreats. Set on 24 hectares of bush land, wetland, olive groves and vineyards, the four star retreats offer studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, furnished in a contemporary style and designed to take in as much of the spectacular surrounds as possible. Studio apartments start from $140 per night.
Opening hours: The Cellar Door is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.
Jansz Tasmania is a stunning winery in the heart of the Pipers River region. It is famed for its premium sparkling wine, and was the first winery on the island to make sparkling wine according to the traditional method champenoise. Today, the winery continues to be the only Tasmanian specialist solely devoted to the art of sparkling winemaking, with the sparkling wine available for tasting at the Jansz Tasmania Wine Room and Interpretive centre. At this state of the art cellar door, visitors can meet with winemaker Natalie Fryar, learn about the sparkling winemaking process, and discover how the grapes are grown and the vineyards managed from the viticultural team. The cellar door also offers a cheese board featuring Tasmanian cheeses which guests can savour while enjoying the spectacular views of the lush rolling hills and lake.
Opening hours: seven days a week from 10am until 4:30pm; groups of ten or more by appointment only.
For more information on Tasmania, visit Discover Tasmania.