We have taken over 3,000 whisky enthusiasts to Tasmania’s southern distilleries, giving them the opportunity to meet the distillers, get behind the scenes, taste spirits direct from the stills, and sip whisky straight from the…
- Full day (8 hours)
- Tea/coffee on arrival
- Visit a winery, cidery, brewery, and distillery
- Full tour and tastings with on-site staff
- Approx. 4 – 6+ tastings at each location
- Meet the makers
- Industry-led tour guide
- Travel in air-conditioned van
- Bottle purchases available on the day.
All tastings included. *Lunch to be purchased on the day approx. $20-$25
This is a chance to sample award-winning wines including sparkling, chardonnay, pinot noir, dessert wines, and more while taking a leisurely stroll through the vineyards. You also get to experience traditional farmhouse-style organic apple ciders and compare them to more modern examples made from a variety of fruits from the valley including apple, pear, cherry, peach, blueberry, quince, and whichever fruits are in season.
Local produce from the valley is on offer for lunch at the Apple Shed, which never fails to impress! You may opt to just do the morning half of the tour and depart the drop-off location in Hobart or guests are most welcome to join or book for the beer and whisky afternoon with more behind-the-scenes tours of process, tastings, and relaxation at the breweries and distilleries we visit, either way there’s something for everyone on this Hobart beverage tour.
After meeting your guide at the base of the ramp at Brooke Street Pier, we begin the day with a complimentary tea/coffee over introductions at Bright Eyes. We discuss Hobart’s infamous history dating back to 1803 and the role that alcohol played during settlement before departing for the Huon Valley.
Home Hill Winery
We drive down to the spectacular Huon Valley taking in the sights before arriving at the small village of Ranelagh and set amongst an immaculate vineyard with stunning mountain views, Home Hill offers the perfect representation of Tasmanian cool climate wines. Famous for its pinot noir and chardonnay varieties, Home Hill has been producing award winning wines for more than 20 years. We sample half a dozen wines during the wine tasting and have a rare opportunity to walk through their vineyard.
15 minutes down the road is the Pagan Cider House in Cygnet. Owner and creator, Harry Moses has a philosophy of celebrating the seasons, after spending just five minutes with the man you can’t help but be charmed by his passion for experimenting with flavours, maturation techniques and his desire to use Tasmania’s natural fruit bounty to it’s fullest. We try ciders from their classic range, plus any special creations Harry has tucked away!
Willie Smith’s, The Apple Shed
The Apple Shed, owned and operated by Willie Smiths Organic Cider, tells the story of the valley, how apple orchards became integral to the area and the history of the Smith family legacy. We sit down to a full cider tasting paddle of Willie Smith’s finest ciders from bone-dry to perry pear-cider.
Willie Smith’s won Best Cider, Best Australian Cider and Best in Show at the Australian Cider Awards 2015, so they know what they’re doing! Plus, we have a look at their new distillery and taste some apple brandy. Fresh seasonal Tasmanian produce is available to purchase for lunch at the The Apple Shed from a selection of local producers.
*Lunch to be purchased on the day approx $20-$25.
Lark Cellar Door & Distillery
After lunch, we head back into Hobart to the Lark Cellar Door, home to the Godfather of Tasmanian Whisky Bill Lark. Here, we gather our troops for the afternoon and then head to the Coal River Valley to the home of award-winning Tasmanian Whisky.
Sullivans Cove Distillery
Located in Cambridge, this location is all about the spirit and the barrels. Awarded World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whisky Awards in 2014, Sullivans Cove is perhaps the most sought-after Tasmanian whisky. You meet the distillers, tour the distillery, and bond store and of course taste their award-winning whiskies. (Mon-Fri tours).
Last Rites Brewery
Backing on to a graveyard, the boys at Last Rites brewery make some fantastic beers and aren’t afraid of trying something new. You meet head brewer Phil, a chemist in a former life, who has turned his hand to making some of Tasmania’s most loved brews. We get the chance to taste direct from the tanks, as fresh as beer gets and to sample the latest beers from the taps.
Hobart Brewing Co
A hidden gem on Hobart’s waterfront, we finish the Tasmania beverage tour with a well-earned beer at what is fast becoming one of the local’s favourite after-work taphouse locations. With views of the mountain and the setting sun, this is the perfect place to end our tour and for guest to begin their night!
Every Thursday and Saturday. Check the calendar for upcoming available dates. There may be other days of the week listed on a month-by-month basis due to industry changes. Private tours are also available. Approximately 8 hours.
- Where to meet?
Brooke St Pier, Franklin Wharf, Hobart, 9am. You will meet your guide on the wooden ramp.
End of Tour: approximately 5:30pm at Hobart Brewing Company, 15 Evans St, Hobart (5 mins walk from Brooke Street Pier).
- End of tour?
Approximately 5:30pm at Hobart Brewing Company, 15 Evans St, Hobart (5 mins walk from Brooke Street Pier). Note during winter Thursday tours will conclude back at Lark Cellar Door, 14 Davey St, Hobart, if HBC is closed.
- Number of guests per tour?
Maximum 11 guests per tour (contact us for information on larger groups). Minimum 4 guests required to run a tour, though bookings for less are of course welcome.
- What to bring?
Please dress appropriately for the occasion, while it may appear warm in Hobart, the weather can change throughout the day, so please ensure to bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes and your camera!