Three wine experiences in and around Hobart
Bruny Island, Oysters and Riesling
There’s certainly no shortage of fine riesling in Tasmania, but when paired with fine food and a view it tastes even more sublime. Head to Gasworks Cellar Door (2 Macquarie St Hobart) and pick up a few bottles of 2016 Freycinet Riesling (AUD $27), which is simply bursting with pure, sweet lemon flavours, before driving down to Kettering for a short ferry ride to Bruny Island. Swing past the ‘Get Shucked’ oyster bar and grab a few dozen freshly-opened Pacifics. Find a sheltered inlet on the coast and enjoy some of the world’s most pristine scenery, with Tassie riesling in one hand, oyster in the other.
Superb Food and Eclectic Wine at Templo
The dining scene in Hobart has plenty of new eateries, thanks in part to Mona attracting an abundance of art aficionados who also, it seems, love food and wine. Templo is a must-visit neighbourhood restaurant with a left-of-centre range of wines plus fresh, vibrant food. Be prepared to be packed onto communal tables for a fast and furious ride that is all about simple, yet perfectly combined, flavours. Memorable was the handmade pasta with fresh ricotta, chilli and turnip tops, and the local fish with fresh beans.
Drive through the beautiful Huon Valley
In under an hour from Hobart, you can experience the rolling hills of the Huon Valley, filled with fruit orchards, hobby farms and vineyards. Home Hill Winery, is a destination in itself, with a restaurant, gift shop and cellar door. Outstanding is their supple and flavoursome 2015 Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir (AUD $75). Make sure you also head to Fat Pig Farm and enjoy a ‘Friday Feast’ or ‘Sunday Picnic’ lunch at Matthew Evans and Sadie Chrestman’s sustainable farm, lunch venue and cookery school. Advance booking essential.