Tasmania’s cool-climate wines are all the rage right now, with demand for their fresh, lively flavours often exceeding supply. The longest-established wine touring route in the state, The Tamar Valley Wine Route, is this year celebrating its 20th birthday and at several of the cellar doors visitors are able to taste and buy wines made in tiny quantities that seldom make it to the mainland.
The Tamar Valley, and the adjacent grape-growing area of Pipers River and Relbia, are based in a fertile region where grapes where first grown in the 1800s. Today the region is becoming increasingly well known around the world for its sparkling wines, aromatic whites and stellar pinot noirs.
Just a short drive from Quest Launceston, the Josef Chromy cellar door has recently launched a new up-market restaurant that overlooks the vines and a picturesque lake.
Velo Wines, meanwhile, is opening a new architect-designed café and tasting facility in time for the summer season.
The major appeal of the Tamar Valley Wine Route is the fact that many of the wineries are family-owned, so you will usually be served at cellar door by someone intimately involved with the wines.