The East Coast of Tasmania has a reputation for its cool climate wines particularly for its Chardonnay and Pinor Noir wines. Whilst exploring the stunning East Coast of Tasmania visit the cellar doors of many renowned Tasmanian vineyards for tastings and sales of their best vintages. Many of these cellar dollars are set in spectacular locations and offer gourmet tasting plates or have restaurants attached making them the perfect stop for a leisurely lunch.
Location: Many of the East Coast Tasmania vineyards can be discovered by following the East Coast Wine Route which takes in much of the Great Eastern Drive from Orford to St Helens. Staying at a Destination Bay of Fires accommodation it is an easy day trip to explore the Tasmanian vineyards along this route.
For further details on the vineyards and the Great Eastern Drive visit www.winetasmania.com.au/east_coast_wine_trail
Things to see and Do: A visit to the Devil’s Corner cellar door and Look out is definitely a must when visiting the vineyards on the East Coast Wine Trail. Here you can enjoy a glass of their award winning wines to accompany your wood fired pizza whilst taking in the vista of the rugged Hazards of the Freycinet Peninsula.
Further north on the coast the Iron House Vineyard also incorporates a microbrewery, distillery and restaurant with deck with stunning water views.
At the end of the wine trail Priory Ridge is a boutique vineyard producing award winning Pinot Noir. The vineyard is easily accessed by those staying in the Bay of Fires area located only 3 km from St Helens.
Local tip: Try to visit the East Coast Wine Trail during one of the many festivals and events that run throughout the year on the East Coast, These include the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival and The Great Eastern Wine weekend.