You are picked up from your accommodation at 10:00am. Your first experience is a drive through two of Hobart’s southern suburbs, that are located immediately south of the central business district – Sandy Bay and Battery Point.
Sandy Bay is bounded on the east by the Derwent River and has several swimming beaches (with public access) – Nutgrove and Long Beach, being the two main beaches. Australia’s first legal casino was opened in 1973 at the site of the former Wrest Point Riviera Hotel.
Battery Point is one of Tasmania’s older established suburbs, the first home built there was in 1805 and many beautifully restored cottages adorn the streets today. Battery Point was named after the battery of guns which were established on the point in1818 as part of Hobart’s coastal defences (a park stands there today). The guns were only fired for ceremonial events. The main street of Hampden Road is home to some of Hobart’s best restaurants and cafes, art and gift shops.
Next stop is a warm, locally owned and operated boutique vineyard, Cathedral Rock. They planted their first Pinot Noir vines from sourced cuttings and have grown from there. They are welcoming and friendly and it is nestled in a special part of the world – ‘Cathedral Rock’ is stunning! Enjoy the tastings…
As you continue on one of the most memorable routes from Hobart to the Huon Valley, via the Channel Highway, the coast road alongside D’Entrecasteaux Channel, you will be inspired with the superb views on offer.
You will undoubtedly be feeling a little peckish by now so our next pit stop will be at the Steamhouse Café. It is a great little stop in Kettering. It has a wonderful atmosphere, friendly service, delicious food, excellent views and great coffee or hot chocolate. Enjoy!
Your next stop is at Nutpatch Chocolate. An artisan chocolate maker, who is passionate about the ‘love of chocolate’ creates his own accordingly. Great temptations delight all who visit.
Next, you can explore the love of ‘cider’ at Pagan Cider. They are proud to be a small boutique producer of Tasmanian premium class cider. Indulge in a cider of choice that is different to all other!
Next experience is to wander and take in the fresh country air and uniqueness of the township of Huonville, nestled on the banks of the Huon River.
Now that you have really worked up an appetite, the culinary pinnacle for the day awaits…Home Hill Winery. A family owned and operated business – once a hobby farm that planted a few vines and has now evolved into an award-winning vineyard, that produces some of Australia’s top Pinot Noir. Be comfortably guided through tastings before indulging in their extensive menu choices.
Home Hill Wine Tastings:
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sylvaner grapes in a climate similar to that of the Bordeaux of France. Excellent Tasmanian Wines, manicured kept grounds, friendly staff to talk you through Home Hill’s range of Wines.
Best Pinot Australia – Winestate Magazine 2016 Award
Winewise 2016, Small Vigneron Award – Gold Medal
Rutherglen Wine Show 2016 Trophy
Trophy, Best Pinot Noir of the Show – Cowra Wine Show 2016
The estate is over 6 hectares of Huon Valley soil-rich land, 80% pinot, just under 20% chardonnay and the remainder sylvaner grapes, cool climate and rainfall result in superior grapes which allows them to produce superior Tasmanian wines.
Their concept is to source the finest Tasmanian products and enhance them with accompaniments from the Huon Valley. This delivers a modern Tasmanian dining experience which will undoubtedly exceed your expectations.
After that experience you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the way back up the Huon Trail to arrive back at your accommodation at approximately 5:00/5:30pm.