You’ll be collected from your accommodation at 10:00am and begin the days adventure with an approximately 35-minute drive to Derwent Estate. You’ll be visiting Rathbone Cottage (Circa 1820) on the Estate, where you will have the opportunity of experiencing 12 wines on tasting and immerse yourself in the history. Sit by the fire or on the veranda overlooking the Derwent Valley or feel very welcome to stroll the beautiful grounds and enjoy all the Estate has to offer.
Upon leaving Derwent Estate, you’ll travel to the historic region of Coal River (one of the first British settlements outside of Hobart).
Your first destination there is Nocton Vineyard – a dainty little cellar door that has a big view. Their staff take the time to guide you through exquisite wines, with guided tastings. Nothing is off limits and they include both their Estate and Reserve labels.
Next destination is at Pooley Wines. Cooinda Vale Vineyard – meticulously cared for by three generations of the Pooley family yielded their first vintage in 1989. John Pooley and his wife Libby bought Belmont, a heritage listed Georgian home on the outskirts of Richmond, where Pooley wines expanded their estate and established a second vineyard, Butcher’s Hill. First vintage produced there was in 2007. The Pooley family philosophy of making wines that reflect their unique environment while pushing the quality of the grapes and wines even further continues. Pooley Wines has been recognised as one of Australia’s most renowned cool-climate producers.
You will experience structured in-depth tastings which speak to their unique location and passion for their craft.
Next stop on your journey is at Wicked Cheese Co, for cheese tastings at this family owned boutique ‘cheese makers heaven’ in the Coal River Valley. Wicked Cheese has emerged in past years – to gain recognition as one of the most impressive, high quality, hand-made cheese ranges in Australia.
The next wine tastings to be truly enjoyed are at Frogmore Creek Winery. The highly acclaimed wines are from this local, cool climate of the Coal River Valley, including the Forty Two Degrees South range! Frogmore’s Full Range includes: Cabernet – Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Sauvignon – Chardonnay – Cuvee – Gewürztraminer – Merlot – Petit Verdot – Pinot Grigio – Pinot Noir – Riesling – Rosé – Sauvignon Blanc – Shiraz and Sparkling.
Follow on from tastings to relax and be indulged during your superb, Frogmore Creek lunch experience. The restaurant is nestled amongst the premium vineyard. It has a rustic homestead style – with the stunning backdrop of the picturesque Coal River Valley. Frogmore Creek delivers exceptional quality across food, wine and service, creating the essential framework for a memorable dining experience.
Relax, after a of day beginning with spectacular scenery, through to unique Hobart history and topped off with decadent wine and food indulgences, as you drive back to your accommodation at approximately 4:00-4:30pm.