Clover Hill cellar door impresses

Inside the new Clover Hill cellar door. Huon Hooke

Without a doubt, the most impressive new cellar door I saw on my recent trip to Tasmania was Clover Hill’s. A week later, the Clover Hill cellar door received a 2020 readers’ choice regional award in the Australian Good Food Guide. The award means Clover Hill received the most readers’ votes in Tasmania for all wineries, restaurants and other food venues, cast during the calendar year 2019.

It’s beautifully designed – inside and out – and is situated on a hilltop, with stunning views over the vineyards and into the distance.

The cellar door is much more than a wine-tasting and sales counter. It’s beautifully designed – inside and out – and is situated on a hilltop, with stunning views over the vineyards and into the distance. The architecture makes the most of the location. It’s truly inside/outside in feel, as one entire wall folds back to access a deck where high-quality tables and chairs are available for sitting beneath shady umbrellas while eating or sipping. In front of this is a lawn strewn with bean-bags.

Clover Hill cellar door outside area. Huon Hooke

Clover Hill is in the Pipers River district near Launceston. The owner, which it shares with Pyrenees winery Taltarni, is Goelet Wine Estates, which also has wineries in California and France.

CEO Adam Torpy wasn’t overstating the case when he commented:

“Clover Hill is committed to delivering a unique cellar door experience that represents our amazing industry and sets a new benchmark for luxury wine destination tourism in Tasmania.”

The regional award recognises businesses that offer visitors an exceptional experience. Chef Tanya White delivers a small-plate menu which the winery describes as,

“… unique and striking, with juxtaposing flavours, as well as aesthetics to mirror the environment and pair perfectly with the wines on offer.”

Tanya White said:

“Our passionate philosophy is to create interesting and unique flavour combinations of sweetness, umami and acidity. Our ethos is to enhance and support the amazing sparkling wines produced by our winemaking team.”

Clover Hill’s main game is Tasmanian sparkling wines, which are widely distributed, but there’s also a range of Idiom still table wines that are only available at the cellar door.


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