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10 top wineries to go to in Tasmania

Originally published as ’10 Tasmanian wineries with a great drop and worth a stop’ in Australian Traveller.

Even in the height of summer, the wineries and the route itself were not too busy. In fact, I was the only one at almost all of the wineries, although a lot of them were setting up for weddings.

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.

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. They have an annual fundraising duck race in March and the Reverse BYO picnic, where you bring the food and the wine is supplied.
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. It has sweeping water views in the vines and you can have a relaxing beverage on the outdoor deck.
3. Pooley Wines
Pooley is a slickly marketed establishment. The cellar door is located next to the family private residence, a beautiful sandstone farmhouse. The authentic old sandstone stable serves as the cellar door.

4. Derwent Estate
The old falling-down farmhouse at Derwent Estate has a beautiful view of the Derwent River from its back verandah. They serve cider, made the wine makers’ way, and to have fossils on the estate grounds.

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. I even had to line up for a tasting. They have a famous dog featured in the Wine Dogs book series.

6. Nandroya Wines
Nandroya’s cellar door is simple and to the point, only making pinot noir and sauvignon blanc cool climate wines. They have a back-to-basics cellar door with a view of the mountains.

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. They have alpacas and the feeling of being right in the heart of the Huon Valley.

8. Panorama Vineyard
The view at Panorama lives up to the name at this vineyard. They have picnic and BBQ facilities and the view overlooking Huon River.

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. There is a Heritage Pickers Huts self-guided discovery walk and the toy box that keeps toddlers amused.

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.

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