Vintage Tasmania began in 2012 with a passionate enthusiasm about all things Tasmanian sparkling wine. Since then, the business has grown along with the drinks industry to include all of the finer things to be found in Tasmania, the wines, ciders, spirits, beers and cocktails.
In 2016, Vintage Tasmania started to run specialist events across the state that showcased Tasmanian world-class produce to small groups of gourmands. Teaming up with other local businesses and skilled professionals has allowed Vintage Tasmania to cement itself as a champion of Tasmanian winemakers, brewers and distillers, converting people to the wonders of our small island state.
Tasmania is packed full of innovative, talented, hardworking and dynamic individuals in the food, drinks and tourism industry. Outside of these industries are those who build the award-winning Cellar Doors such as Devil’s Corner on the East Coast, or who design logos such as the striking Tasmanian Butter Co. packaging. There is more than enough talent on this island to use our hive mind to grow and show the world that magic exists on this little island. It’s like nowhere else on earth and Curly works well across tourism, agriculture, hospitality and education with enthusiasm and unmistakable passion.
About Curly Haslam-Coates
Curly makes discovering the finer side of Tasmania, pleasurable and fun with a disarming combination of Dr Who and Buffy references alongside a wealth of knowledge from over two decades of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Highly knowledgeable on sparkling wine across the globe, Curly has chosen Tasmania.
Tasmania’s first Wine & Spirit Education Trust tutor, she offers sparkling wine, spirits and cocktail training, consumer focused business development, public speaking, social media assistance and events; there isn’t much within the industry that Curly has not done. Her most sought after skill is in bridging the gap between the idea in your head and making it a reality. Curly has been a wine judge at Festivale since 2014 and an associate judge at the Royal Hobart Wine Show from 2014-2016. 2019 brought the accolade of being the only nominee in the Southern hemisphere for the IWSC International Wine & Spirit Competition’s International Wine Communicator. Curly was also the only finalist outside of the UK for the Julian Brind Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry.
A former manager at the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market from 2015-2017, she continues her fortnightly spot on ABC Northern Tasmania and ABC Hobart called Food News. Every other Thursday around 2.30-3pm she talks about what is in season across Tasmania, foodie events and festivals, drinks news how to use seasonal products in your cooking and much more. Curly also works on Hawka’s Fork, in association with Hawthorn Football Club. Each Saturday that Hawthorn play in Launceston, Hawka and Curly introduce the children at Harvest Launceston to healthy food and easy recipes that they can re-create at home.
Curly has taken part in several public speaking engagements such as MC’ing the Alain Passard dinner at TAFE and hosting the Sprout Conference dinner in 2015 and was awarded the Standout Food Ambassador for Northern Tasmania in 2016 and again in 2017 before retiring from the category.
Aside from working in the wine and spirits industry, Curly is also the former president of Pedder Patter Childcare Centres and former Chair of the marketing committee of Cityprom.
Learn more about Curly’s journey at Make it Tasmania
If you are looking for a formal approach to learning about wines and spirits, Curly offers the internationally renowned Wine & Spirits Education Trust qualifications. To find out more visit the Wine Education page.