The East Coast Wine Trail is filled with delightful places to stop and enjoy some premium Tasmanian wine, and often enjoy a delicious snack as well.
Without doubt the most sublime position to taste wine is the cellar door at Mayfield Estate 5 – 10 mins south of Swansea, with fantastic panoramic views across Great Oyster Bay. The wines and gin aren’t half bad either!
The most convenient Vineyard to Coles Bay is Freycinet Vineyard. who make one of Tasmania’s most well known and favoured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Very close nearby is Devils Corner. Boasting one of the most iconic views of the peninsula, across Great Oyster Bay, looking directly at the Hazards Mountain Range. You can taste the wine, can order Pizza and Villino coffee from Tombolo, or enjoy some seafood from The Fishers (Freycinet Marine Farm). We’ve lounged on the lawn for many a blissful hour.
A little further South is Milton, serving up deliciousness on daily through the warmer months. And Craigie Knowe in Cranbrook, of particular note is the fact that Craigie Knowe have a tasting option pairing their wine with chocolate. Always a winner! Gala Estate, also located in Cranbrook is another completely delightful stop.
Springvale, is just past Swansea. The property is one of the oldest on the coast and is completely delightful, and if you are stopping in, you can also sample some of their award winning gin – It’s really Splendid!
Continuing further along the East Coast Wine Trail, you will find Apsley Gorge Vineyard, Darlington Vineyard, Boomer Creek, Kelvedon Estate. Not all of them have Cellar Doors, but thankfully, you can enjoy most of them at The Farm Shed (Wine Centre) a huge range of local wine and spirits, with and extensive tasting list, happy days! In Bicheno if you are happy to explore just a little north.
With a myriad of options and tastings available, The Long Lunch Tour is the easiest and most responsible way to sample the delights of this magnificent wine growing region.