If being a natural beauty isn’t enough, Tasmania is an over-achiever with its fabulous food and fine wines.
Enjoy fire pits, roaming entertainment, world music themes and Masterclasses during the event. (Image credit: Aiesha Hanson)
Add roaring log fires and live music to that amazing food and wine, then bring them all together in one beautiful space, and you’re in for a devil of an experience: the first winter edition of the Tasmanian Wine Festival.
The two-day event, held in Hobart on 20–21 August, celebrating the island state’s famous cool-climate white wines. (Image credit: Caroline Tan)
The two-day event, held in Hobart on 20–21 August, is the latest imagining of a festival that, until now, has been a summer thing, celebrating the island state’s famous cool-climate white wines. But the wineries declared it was too long between drinks and thought it time to show off their fabulous bold red wines, paired with heart-warming food.
Tasmanian Wine Festival will deliver the goods
The Goods Shed on Hobart’s waterfront is the venue. It’s beautiful, even when empty. But sheds are built to be filled, and over the weekend this 1914 heritage-listed building will house Tassie’s finest food providores and tasting stations from more than 20 vineyards for 6000 visitors from around Australia.
Frogmore Creek heads the line-up. One of Tasmania’s largest wine producers, the winery will host a VIP lounge – complete with cocktail bar, complimentary bubbles on entry and private toilets – and, of course, wine tastings. And tasting is what it’s all about!
Also joining the festival are Clover Hill Wines, Coal Valley Vineyard, Derwent Estate, Hurly Burly Wines, Lake Barrington Estate, Milton Vineyard, Nocton Vineyard, Observatory Hill Wines, Riversdale Estate, Small Island Wines, Swinging Gate Vineyard, Tamar Ridge, Torch Bearer and Wobbly Boot Vineyard.
To top it all off, attendees get a wine glass on entry, and a Tasting Ticket gives you a sample of four wines. (Image credit: Aiesha Hanson)
Everyone gets a wine glass on entry, and a Tasting Ticket gives you a sample of four wines. If you love one you can buy a glass (or a bottle!).
Non-wine drinkers can enjoy craft beers, ciders and cocktails, and there will be plenty of non-alcoholic drinks too.
Event organiser Luke Schlenner says the focus is on staying warm with red wine and heart-warming food.
“We really want to showcase the beautiful, bold and unique red wines that Tasmania produces. And winter, when we all want to cosy up, is the best time to do it,” he says.
Learn from the masters at Tasmanian Wine Festival
Got a curly wine question? Take it to one of the masterclass sessions. They’re an add-on to your ticket and 25 minutes won’t be better spent than in the company of industry experts.
Add to your Tasmanian Wine Festival session intimate wine focused classes bring together the best experts in Tasmania. (Image credit: Aiesha Hanson)
In each masterclass there’s a hand-picked selection of wines paired with oysters, cheeses and other specialty foods. Groups are capped at 10, so it’s an intimate experience.
Each class will get tastings of handpicked selection of wines and has. maximum of 10 attendees for an intimate experience.(Image credit: Caroline Tan)
Joseph Burton, Tasmania’s first certified sommelier, will present one session, as will Carl Windsor from Hobart’s popular neighbourhood wine bar, Willing Bros.
“It’s a unique opportunity to offer more insight to fellow wine lovers,” says Carl. “No clues, but expect some really bold reds and some exciting whites too.”
Tasmanian Wine Festival has food, glorious food
Think seafood. Cheese. Prime meats. And oysters. Australia’s smallest state has a world of first-class food, and with a glass of wine in one hand and a bite of something extraordinary in the other, the pairing possibilities will be sublime.
Thousands of Bruny Island Oysters are on order; the big delicacy from the tiny island is a mouthful of magic. Also for the plate: tacos and nachos, bao buns, street food, Asian fusion, vegan and vegetarian dishes, cheese platters and pizza bites.
This winter, eat, drink and be merry around the glowing fire pits while enjoying the funk and soul sound. (Image credit: Aiesha Hanso)
This winter, eat, drink and be merry around the glowing fire pits while enjoying the funk and soul sound of The Bamboos as they serenade the crowd through the afternoons and evenings.
Cheers to Tasmania. You really won’t want winter to end.
This event has passed. Stay up to date on the next one at taswinefest.com.au.