Travel blogger and Australia Traveller reader Roshan Lewis is an experienced wine-weekend tripper, meandering around most of Australia’s best wine regions. She heads to Hobart to explore the Southern Wine Route, and find her 10 ultimate Tassie wineries.
We start in the Coal River Valley wine region and then continue along the Derwent River. Then travel further south through Huonville, Ranelagh and Cygnet.
Even in the height of summer, the wineries and the route itself were not too busy. In fact, we were the only ones at almost all of the wineries, although a lot of them were setting up for weddings.
Tips for tasty tipples
Many of these wineries charge a $5 tasting fee that is refundable if you make a purchase. You don’t need to worry about getting the bottles you buy home as most places will ship (for a fee) even if you include bottles from other establishments.
The top 10
1. Puddleduck Vineyard
My number-one pick for friendliness. Puddleduck has a quirky gift shop, selling every duck item you can think of, a huge dam that serves as a duck pond and lots of ducks, of course.
Go for: The annual fundraising duck race in March and the Reverse BYO picnic, where you bring the food and the wine is supplied.
Signature wine: 2012 Bubbleduck sparkling.
Personal pick: 2014 sauvignon (Fume) blanc.
Where: 992 Richmond Road, Richmond
2. Frogmore Creek
Frogmore Creek produces four labels: Frogmore Creek, Meadowbank, Stormy Bay and 42 Degrees South. I came here eight years ago for a wedding and the winery is just as lovely as I remember it. There is an interesting wooden floor upstairs that tells the story of wine including smelling pots for different varieties.
Go for: Sweeping water views in the vines and a relaxing beverage on the outdoor deck.
Signature wine: 2010 Frogmore Creek Evermore riesling.
Personal pick: 2014 Meadowbank Mardi sparkling.
Where: 699 Richmond Road, Cambridge
3. Pooley Wines
Pooley is a slickly marketed establishment. The cellar door is located next to the family private residence, a beautiful sandstone farmhouse.
Go for: The authentic old sandstone stable that serves as the cellar door and the premium pack specials.
Signature wine: 2012 Family Reserve pinot noir.
Personal pick: 2010 Family Reserve cabernet merlot.
Where: 1431 Richmond Road, Richmond
4. Derwent Estate
The old falling-down farmhouse at Derwent Estate has a beautiful view of the Derwent River from its back verandah.
Go for: Cider made the wine makers’ way and to see fossils collected on the estate grounds.
Signature wine: 2011 Calcaire chardonnay.
Personal pick: 2014 pinot gris.
Where: 329 Lyell Hwy, Granton
5. Stefano Lubiana Wines
This establishment is very popular with the locals and when you step inside you can understand why. It features a fireplace, Italian food and sparkling wines. We even had to line up for a tasting!
Go for: A look at the famous dog featured in the Wine Dogs book series and the Osteria.
Signature wine: 2005 Stefano Lubiana vintage brut.
Personal pick: 2012 Stefano Lubiana merlot.
Where: 60 Rowbottoms Rd, Granton
6. Nandroya Wines
Nandroya’s cellar door is simple and to the point, only making pinot noir and sauvignon blanc cool climate wines.
Go for: The back-to-basics cellar door and view of the mountains.
Signature wine: 2012 sauvignon blanc.
Personal pick: As above!
Where: 262 Sandfly Road, Margate
7. Home Hill Wines
This winery was recommended to me by a local and I was glad that I made the stop. Home Hill has a new large flash cellar door with fountains at the entrance.
Go for: Alpacas and the feeling of being right in the heart of the Huon Valley.
Signature wine: 2005 Home Hill pinot noir.
Personal pick: 2013 Home Hill sylvaner.
Where: 38 Nairn Street, Ranelagh
8. Panorama Vineyard
The view at Panorama lives up to the name at this vineyard!
Go for: The picnic and BBQ facilities and the view overlooking Huon River.
Signature wine: 2003 Reserve pinot noir.
Personal pick: 2011 tempranillo.
Where: Cygnet Coast Road, Cradoc
9. Hartzview Vineyard
Found off the beaten track and in a forest, Hartzview Vineyard is known for its ports, fortified wines and liqueurs. The tasting room has custom-made stained glass windows and old ceramic port bottles.
Go for: A Heritage Pickers Huts self-guided discovery walk and the toy box that keeps toddlers amused.
Signature wine: 2008 Reserve pinot noir.
Personal pick: 2014 pinot rose.
Where: 70 Dillons Road, Gardeners Bay
10. Gasworks Cellar Door
If you don’t have time to get out of Hobart and visit some wineries, come here. You can try all different varieties of wines from all over Tasmania at Gasworks. Purchase up to 12 tastings of all different sizes, but be careful – I accidentally got 3 x 100ml glasses, a lot of wine to drink after a full weekend of wine tasting!
Where: 2 Macquarie St, Hobart
See more of Roshan’s adventures at her blog Roshan’s Ramblings