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Vines in the Valley: Huon region wine tasting

19 September 2011 One Comment

Wine tasting Huon Valley Tasmania

While the Tamar and Coal River Valleys are probably Tasmania’s best known wine regions, the south has much to offer.

Here are three that are most likely to be open during your visit to the Huon Valley.

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Tastings are available every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday, and even on a miserable wet day, it’s a great place to take in the green countryside around you while remaining warm and dry. The stunning glass and wood building also houses a fine restaurant and shop.

Hartz View
Hartzview is probably better known for its delicious fruit liqueurs than its wines. You can generally find them at Salamanca Markets on Saturday as well as direct from the vineyard. My personal favourite is the spiced apple mead. Sipped from a warmed glass in winter, it’s absolutely delicious. Aside from the alcohol, there are other reasons this place is worth a visit. You can look through the collection of old fruit pickers huts on the property, admire the view of the Hartz Mountains National Park or sample one of the wicked desserts in the restaurant. Hartzview is on the road between Cygnet and Woodbridge.

Panorama Vineyard
On the eastern bank of the Huon River just south of Huonville lies Panorama Vineyard, with a wide range of wines, port and liqueur to sample. It’s open six days a week, closed Tuesdays.

By prior arrangement, you can visit many other beautiful vineyards in the Huon region: Two Bud Spur, Heriots Point, Herons Rise, Highland Brae and St Imre to name a few.

Tip: In March each year, there’s an ‘open vineyards weekend’ when you can visit many of the smaller, boutique wineries in the south that are generally not open to the public. Keep an eye on Hobart’s daily newspaper, The Mercury, to find out about it or ask at the tourist information centre in Hobart.

Susan Moore lives in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. She shares  a glimpse of daily life in Tasmania, as written by a “blow in” from the mainland,  on her fascinating site Houn View. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive her regular articles.

Image: lilahpops via Flickr

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  • Adam from Melbourne said:

    would love to live in south tassie. sounds fantastic.

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