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TASMANIAN PRODUCERS & LANDMARKS


We Visit Currently


We travel to many of the most well known and internationally recognised Tasmanian Wine, Whisky, Spirit & other Beverage producers.

We also go to see some of the less well known and not so commonly chanced upon by the intrepid traveller, with us having known and worked with these producers for close to a decade already.


This is of course not a comprehensive list of the entire Tasmanian Beverage Industry, and our connections extend much further than the producers listed here, however these are the producers that we visit in the course of our half day tours currently.



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Food & Wine Producers


Pooley Wines

Region: Coal River Valley

Pooley Wines: Belmont House Tasting Room. The Pooley family is Tasmania’s only 3rd generation family wine business, consistently winning major awards and trophies for their entire range, with their tasting room being located on the hill where all the stone for Richmond was quarried from, and I personally had a hand in planting some of the current Butchers Hill Vineyard. Their Margaret Pooley Tribute Riesling is a standout of the Estate. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Vintage Sparkling; Table - Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, & Others

Ranges & Philosophy: Estate & Single Site Expressions, Oldest Riesling Vines in CRV & Tasmania’s Only Certified Environmentally Sustainable Vineyard; Low Intervention Winemaking with amazing vineyard material.


Frogmore Creek Estate

Region: Coal River Valley

Frogmore Creek Estate Vineyard. This estate occupies a standout location on one of the most bucolic wine drives in Australia, and house’s the famous Wendover Bottles of Sparkling. Literally Tasmanian history preserved inside glass containers. The floor gives a complex look at the history of Tasmanian wine in general. They also produce some pretty good wine, the Estate Shiraz being a sleeping giant. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Vintage Sparkling; Table - Riesling Dry & Sweet, Sauvignon Blanc (Fume), Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir & Others; Dessert - Iced Riesling

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Nocton Estate

Region: Coal River Valley

One of the larger vineyards in the Coal River Valley, we move past Richmond onwards almost to Campania the next town. This vineyard lies underneath a lovely hillside, giving great shelter and perfect sunlight exposure for even ripening. The Merlot is a standout from this producer, with the soil structure mimicking that of the famous Bordeaux region in France. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Sparkling; Table - Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot & Others

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Pressing Matters

Region: Coal River Valley

Pressing Matters Vineyard. The product of the one of the most epicurean palates I have come across in my time, Greg Melick’s vineyard is an exposition in how to build quality Riesling with balanced acidity and sugar. These are ethereal wines, designed for the those that enjoy hedonistic pursuits. The Pinot Noir is a delight for those that understand burgundy. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Riesling R0, R9, R69, R139 & Pinot Noir

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Institut Polaire Bar / Domaine Simha

Region: Hobart

The bar / wine tasting room complex brainchild of 2 people that can only be described as pushing an avant garde style of minimal complexity, they produce wine, gin, bottled cocktails, bitters and who knows what’s coming next? With this as a primer, they have designed a unique cocktail for you to enjoy using their gin. Expect uniqueness - run if you see fireworks. Up to 1 cocktail & gin tasted.

Products: Dry Gin, Bitters, Bottled Cocktails, Pinot Gris (Orange), Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Field Blends

Range & Philosophy: Single Sites Only / Unfined - Unfiltered / No Added Sulphites / Biodynamic production methods


Sullivans Cove Distillery

Region: Coal River Valley

Not much to say really, they won Best Single Malt in the World in 2014. Subsequent awards seem to fall out of the sky around this producer. The interesting thing is, what have they got coming next? Maybe it’s their unique use of larger barrels sizes that does it? Or the unique design of the still onion? Up to 3 spirits tasted + barrel room tour.

Products: Single Malt Whisky: French Oak Port Cask, American Oak Bourbon Barrel, Double Cask; Gin - Dry Brandy - XO Level

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T-Bone Bar & Brewery

Region: Hobart

Well if your dad is a distiller, I guess it makes sense that you would make something alcoholic. Enter T-Bone, a producer that continues to go from strength to strength. The Choc Milk Stout is a standout and possibly one of the best I have ever tried. Up to 3 beers tasted.

Products: Choc-Milk Stout, Pale Ale, Fruit Bowl IPA & Seasonal Beers

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Coal River Farm

Region: Coal River Valley

The literal interpretation of paddock to plate in action where you can pick your own fruit (payable by you-guest on weight) and you can get up close with some farm animals if you’re not afraid. We sit down for a cheese and chocolate tasting, where the process of cheese production gets explained for you. Up to 3-4 cheeses + chocolates tasted.

Products: Selection of Local Cheese styles; locally made chocolate

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Derwent Estate

Region: Derwent Valley

Simply one of the best producers of wines in Tasmania, it has flown under the radar for some time now. When you have a limestone soil structure though, it isn’t going to be a secret for long. Especially if you name your top wine - Calcaire; Limestone. One of the consistently best chardonnays that comes out of Tasmania. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Sparkling; Riesling Dry - Late Harvest, Pinot Gris (Blush), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Products & Philosophy: Estate Blends & Single Site Expressions


Moorilla Estate Vineyard

Region: Derwent Valley

The oldest vineyard in Southern Tasmania, and the second oldest state-wide, Moorilla has certainly had a colourful history over the years, not the least being the latest owner. A unique experience, with bursts of creative genius in just about everything, the beverages take no prisoners and always divide the room. Up to 3 wines tasted + winery tour.

Products: Sparkling; Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay; Pinot Noir, Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Domaine Dawnelle

Region: Derwent Valley

Classic wines, and some not so classic. By which I mean the Pinot d’Or, a white Pinot Noir which will cause you to think and think & think. It is in fact a classic match with wood smoked salmon, of which i can attest to personally. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Riesling, Chardonnay & White Pinot Noir; Pinot Noir

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Stefano Lubiana

Region: Derwent Valley

The biodynamic champion of Tasmania, but not in a crazy religion style way, and is simply a way to make better grapes as well as have a healthier vineyard in general. Something i would support in my experience and add that biodynamic viticulture doesn’t magic wine - it is simply about making good wine and talking about what comes out of the bottle at the end of the day. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Sparkling; Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay; Pinot Noir, Merlot; Grappa

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Glaetzer Dixon Family Winemakers Cellar Door

Region: Derwent Valley

One of the best change engines in the Australian wine making scene over the last decade, this producer seemly walks the tightrope of some crazy winemaking and-ultra classic wine styles. The Rêveur Pinot Noir means “dreamer” because of course the pinot dream is always just a dream! The names have a family connotation as you may know, and with the 2013 La Judith Shiraz simply being one of the best Australian shirazs I have ever tasted, I could swear i was tasting a La Meal Hermitage Syrah. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Riesling, Chardonnay; Pinot Noir & Shiraz

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Eleventh Order Bar & Brewery

Region: Derwent Valley

Musa Sapientum Dark Wheat, Tropical Funk Storm, Satsuma Plum, Litchtehainer Pale Smoked Wheat. What else needs to be said except for that these will change the story around beer and food matching. A New England IPA for those sissies that want something comfortable as well. Up to 3 beers tasted.

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Wicked Cheese

Region: Coal River Valley

One of the early established producers of cheese in the valley, Wicked has being making what could be called a benchmark for Tasmanian cheese for quite some time. This is evidenced by Wicked Cheese Brie being awarded Best White Mould Cheese in Australia at the 2010 Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Up to 3 cheeses tasted.

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Shene Estate Distillery

Region: Derwent Valley

199 years of heritage is simply something that can’t be made, it has to be endured. Would that these walls could whisper, what do you think they would say? That might be why their gin is called Poltergeist. Let’s see if there are some ghosts there or not. Up to 3 products tasted (Roadside stall only this tour)

Products: Gin; Unfiltered & True Spirit; Single Malt Whisky

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Coal Valley Vineyard

Region: Coal River Valley

If you blinked, you would probably miss that tucked away vineyard. It has lovely view down to the Pittwater Reserve, some quite old vines, a patio you might sit on all day and a sense of being locked away from all that hustle and bustle out in the world. Up to 4 wines tasted.

Products: Sparkling: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay; Pinot Noir & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Visual & Hertiage


Richmond Town

Region: Coal River Valley

Is a beautiful visual landscape that showcases a well preserved look at houses of the early colonial period from Tasmania’s history. We walk along the banks of the Coal River, up along the Richmond Bridge (the oldest convict bridge in Australia *1823) and finish at the famous Richmond Tasting House (a local delicatessen).


Pulpits Rocks Look Out

Region: Derwent Valley

A lofty vantage point to enjoy the sweeping panoramic views that the hills above the river derwent enjoys, this lookout is not a local secret, but the views might as well make it so. If we had a beer from Eleventh Order left over, we could have a little cheers to toast being able to enjoy such soul soothing scenery. Up to 20mins relaxing your soul!

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