With spectacular views, flavourful produce and welcoming hospitality, Tasmania is the ultimate destination for food and wine lovers. To help you make the most of your next trip to the Apple Isle, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 favourite wineries, vineyards and cellars doors.
A Touch of Whimsy at Pooley Wines
Pooley Wines sits just outside the historic town of Richmond, around 30 minutes from Hobart CBD. First established in 1985, the family owned and operated winery produces some of Tasmania’s finest cool-climate Riesling with a philosophy reflecting the environment in which the grapes are grown and the wine is made. Open daily, visit the heritage-listed cellar door for wine tastings, produce platters.
Insider Tip: Pizza lovers, don’t miss the wood-fired pizza on weekends.
Meet the Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers
If you’re travelling to Hobart without a car, then Glaetzer-Dixon’s cellar door is a must. Only a 10 minute walk from Vibe Hotel Hobart, this family-run winery produces ethereal reds and fragrant Rieslings. Winemaker, Nick Glaetzer runs booking-only tastings, so be sure to call up to book your seat at the table (he doesn’t need much notice though!) and meet the man who makes magic happen in the barrel.
Moorilla Estate and MONA – A winning combination!
No trip to Hobart is complete without a visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Whether you’re staying at Vibe Hobart or Travelodge Hobart, explore David Walsh’s hub of the weird, eccentric and sometimes disturbing exhibitions, and when the viewing’s done… stay for a cheeky wine or two.
MONA is also home to the Moorilla Estate, Tasmania’s second oldest vineyard. After perusing current exhibitions like Tomás Saraceno Ocean’s Air or permanent exhibitions like the famous “pooh machine” and The Divine Comedy, relax with a glass of vintage at the Moorilla Wine Bar paired with shared produce platters and more.
Meadowbank Vineyard by Appointment Only
A working vineyard that accepts tasting by appointments only, sign me up! While Meadowbank Vineyard may be only an hour from Hobart, the drive up the dirt road to the stunning cellar door will make it feel remote and exclusive. Situated on the banks of the Derwent River, wine lovers can enjoy tipple with a side of Tassie’s beautiful countryside.
Duck in to Puddleduck Estate
Only 25 minutes from Hobart, Puddleduck is a delightful, boutique family owned and operated winery, producing premium Tasmanian wines from grapes grown at a single site vineyard. Here you’ll find friendly hospitality, a quirky gift shop, a huge dam that serves as a duck pond and delicious local produce.
Insider tip: Go for the “Reverse BYO picnic” where you bring the food and they supply the wine!
Stay & Play in Hobart
Situated in the heart of Hobart’s CBD, Vibe Hobart embraces the Australian lifestyle to the full, while Travelodge Hobart, has recently undergone a dramatic transformation with all 131 rooms refreshed, reception area transformed and a gym and purpose-built yoga and pilates studio installed.
Both properties offer sweeping views over the Harbour and Kunanyi (Mt Wellington), and are only a hop, skip and a jump away to the waterfront, Salamanca Markets, the city’s wine bars and art galleries.
Explore all that the south of Tasmania has to offer from the comfort of these spectacular Hobart hotels.