The area along the East Coast of Tasmania is rich in history and beauty. Many of the farming areas were established in the early 19th century making it a fascinating area to learn more about the early days of settlers to Tasmania.
Brown Brothers are one of Australia’s oldest wine families and their foray into Tasmania in 2010 has included the revitalising of the Hazard’s Vineyard in the Freycinet Peninsular. The Hazards Vineyard overlooks Moulting Lagoon, a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance protected because of its wetlands. You can picnic here whilst enjoying a glass of bubbles and the vast birdlife.
The family that run Gala Estate are the 6th, 7th and 8th generation to take care of the land. The entire property is 4000 hectares of which 4.3 hectares are dedicated to vines. The Gala Estate sparkling is the newest wine to their stable which is available from their iconic cellar door. Known as Ted’s place, the old Post Office and General Store is a snapshot of life in early pioneer times.
Another property that dates back to the early 1820’s. Initially used for wool production, the land now homes 5 hectares of aromatic varietals plus the sparkling grapes of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With a rosé sparkling named after their daughter Laura and a vintage Pinot/Chardonnay blend, Milton is a beautiful spot to stop for some bubbles whilst you soak up the history.
In 1979 Geoff and Susan Bull planted a range of aromatic whites, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Today their daughter Lindy runs the business with her partner Claudio Radenti. Known within the industry as winemakers of humble manners but exceptional talent. The Radenti sparkling is recognised for its ability to age slowly and gracefully. Often purchases of Radenti are limited, grab one while you can.
The Lyne family first started farming at Spring Vale in 1826. In 1986 they added 6.6 hectares of vineyard to the property, a mix of aromatic whites, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Their cellar door and homestead are heritage listed buildings with some of the original farm equipment on display as you enter the property.
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25 minutes-from Bicheno
1 hour 20 minutes-from St Helens
1 hour 35 minutes-from Launceston
1 hour 50 minutes-from Hobart
Need a break from wine?
Wineglass Bay-One of Tasmania’s iconic natural features, you can cruise it, walk it or see it from the air. The one thing you can guarantee is that it will be spectacular.
Maria Island-You can only get to the island from Triabunna ferry or by plane. When you arrive you will discover a rural idyll with no motor vehicles, no shops or luxury hotels. Accommodation is available at the Darlington Penitentiary or at campsites on the island.
Adventure activities-Fishing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, windsurfing and more is available on the East Coast. If you like to keep the adrenaline pumping, you won’t be disappointed.