Tasmanians are justly proud of their cool-climate drops and go out of their way to make them accessible to out-of-towners.
Besides cellar doors and charted driving routes, wine tastings often also come with unforgettable art or gastronomy, and spectacular scenery.
Best wineries and vineyards
Driven to drink
Four wine trails connect the vineyards of the north-west, east coast, south and Tamar Valley. Plot a course and taste cool-climate pinot noirs, chardonnays, sparkling and more, with cinematic views of coastline and river valleys.
Froth and bubbles
The Pipers River region is Tasmania’s – and Australia’s – answer to Champagne. Its similar latitude and soils produce sparkling wines of such superior quality even the French have staked out some vines.
A new breed of city cellar doors curates and serves the island’s top wines and spirits in chic surrounds.
Art and soul
Australia’s most avant-garde art gallery also has a winery, brewery and gastronomy on site. Come to Mona for the paintings, stay for the pinots.
Wine and dine
Great wine deserves good food, so many of the island’s vineyards offer restaurants that serve rustic to refined dishes, often in eye-catching settings.
Picture a collective shop featuring all the winemakers of the east coast, including those without cellar doors, assembled in one convenient spot. Wine appreciation’s never been easier.
For the time poor or for special occasions, hire a helicopter to hop between vineyards in the Tamar Valley and Pipers River. Memorable lunches or picnics can be arranged.
In such pristine surrounds, island winemaking tends towards the natural and no-fuss. Permaculture, organics, amphora ageing and carbon-neutral are the trends to look for.