Boasting lakeside views and Modern Australian cuisine, Josef Chromy Wines has earned its place at the top of your Tasmanian must-visit list.
There’s a little something for everyone when venturing to Josef Chromy Wines — food fanatics, wine connoisseurs and even yoga enthusiasts will be in utter heaven, as will those who relish in the sprawling setting of lush grapevines as far as the eye can see. With various experience packages and tastings available seven days a week, this guide will break it all down.
Take in lakeside views and top-notch wine.
Getting to Josef Chromy Wines
For those who detest long road trips, you’re in luck. Located a mere 10-minute drive from Launceston Airport or the CBD, you’ll find Josef Chromy nestled alongside a truly stunning lake in Relbia.
The Launceston Airport Shuttle Bus can drop you off right at Josef Chromy’s doorstep, or if you fancy a spot of exploring, hire cars are also available. Alternatively, opt for a private tour operator for that ultra-luxurious experience.
Josef Chromy’s wine-tasting experiences
Of course, the first stop for most guests at Josef Chromy will be Cellar Door, where all the wine-tasting magic happens.
For that traditional winery experience, choose a sample of four wines — including the citrusy 2023 Josef Chromy Pinot Gris or the elegantly powerful 2021 Josef Chromy Pinot Noir — and the Cellar Door team will walk you through the tastes and smells that make these wines distinctly Tasmanian.
Head to the Cellar Door to get your first taste of the goods.
To pull back the curtain further, book a Go Behind the Label experience and you’ll learn everything from the history of Josef Chromy Wines to how the unique wine is made. There’s also a wine tasting plus a two-course lunch to boot.
If you’re obsessed with everything bubbles-related, the Art of Sparkling is a four-hour tour that ends in discovering how sparkling wine is made, but more importantly, you can craft your own bottle of sparkling wine — to the exact taste you prefer — and take it home as a souvenir.
Come for the wine, stay for the cosy 1880’s homestead-turned-cellar and inimitable views of the century-old garden.
Book the Art of Sparkling tour for a unique wine experience.
Josef Chromy Wines’s restaurant
Attached to Cellar Door you’ll find the restaurant, where you’ll immediately be struck by the views beaming through floor-to-ceiling windows, while your nose will be distracted by the mixture of mouthwatering smells coming from the kitchen.
Executive Chef Nick Raitt is responsible for those irresistible smells, as his sustainable and Chef’s Hat-winning menu features the likes of Pinnacle pasture-fed Scotch fillet, white turnip and potato crème, kale, confit baby turnips, truffle emulsion, golden raisins and jus.
Let mouthwatering smells from the kitchen whet your appetite.
For meat-free options, feast on Miso and tahini roasted cauliflower, green apple puree, cauliflower couscous and preserved lemon. Kids can tuck into Nick Raitt’s take on the classic fish and chips, with a selection of desserts guaranteed to impress the little ones.
If you’re in the mood for something lighter, graze on house-made charcuterie and local cheeses as you dine alfresco on the glorious front lawn or side deck.
Treat your tastebuds to the Chef’s Hat-winning menu.
Other Josef Chromy Wines experiences
For a totally different winery experience, Josef Chromy offers yoga among the grapevines. Nothing sounds more relaxing than a gentle stretch after a glass or two of wine, so make sure to enquire ahead of your trip to check if any sessions are running.
Josef Chromy also offers wedding packages for couples who are eager to tie the knot, and what better place than its Lakeside Pavilion overlooking the entire vineyard? They also have group booking and corporate event facilities.
There are always new events added to the schedule, too, with the Effervescence Tasmania Sparkling Festival 2023 slated for mid-November. So, if you’re planning to travel to Tasmania during that time, you just might be able to partake in a joyous celebration of sparkling wine.
From weddings to yoga, soak in incredible views.
Walk-ins are welcome, while groups of six or more can book ahead at the Cellar Door. All other wine experiences need to be pre-booked, so choose any day of the week and start planning.
It’s worth noting that the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays over winter, so if you’re scheduled for a famous Tasmanian winter holiday, keep those days in mind if you want to experience Executive Chef Nick Raitt’s smorgasbord of delights.
For bookings, experiences and everything in between, visit josefchromy.com.au.