Tasmania’s East Coast is known and loved for many things; world-famous beaches, beautiful landscapes, accessible national parks, and a relaxed, holiday pace. It’s a part of Tasmania that invites exploration—the perfect place to take a deep breath and unwind. But this beautiful region is equally recognised for its vibrant flavours.
The East Coast’s fresh, locally grown produce is coveted the world over, as are the acclaimed cool climate wines. There are many exceptional wine producers in Tasmania, and each year we host an annual celebration where you can experience the best the East Coast has to offer.
East Coast Tasmania’s wine region is prized for its top sparkling, pinot noir and chardonnay. We’re not biased, but you better come try for yourself!
Meet the winemakers, the growers, the producers, and the people behind the wine. It’s all about the people, the places, the natural beauty and the stories of the East Coast, as well as of course, our award-winning wines!
We’ve put together a list of the more intimate experiences during this year’s Great Eastern Wine Week to stimulate your senses:
For the seafood lover…
For the seafood lover, Tasmania’s East Coast is pretty close to paradise. The region’s pristine waters and inland streams offer some of the best fish and seafood you could wish for—oysters, mussels, rock lobster, abalone, deep sea fish and succulent freshwater trout.
Join a guided walking tour at Trail, Shuck and Cheers at Boomer Creek where a local guide will take you through the marvellous world of oysters and give you an insight into everything there is to know. And yes, you get to eat the oysters matched perfectly with local wines to give you the full sensory appreciation of pairing wine and oysters.
The Freycinet Marine Farm Long Lunch brings the pristine tastes and stories of the unique seas of Tasmania to life. Be guided through a journey experiencing Tasmania’s best seasonal seafood produce, savouring the merroir (use this word to sound like a seafood expert) of our stunning East Coast and tasting the terroir of our East Coast wines.
Sip & Shuck in the Vines is an intimate and truly indulgent oyster tasting experience with Melshell Oysters and wine pairing from Gala Estate. Be educated in the art of oyster tasting, the intricate details of the shell, the texture and taste whilst enjoying a wine flight from Gala Estate.
For the wine connoisseur…
Do you consider yourself an oenophile, or want to find out more? Learn how glasses are designed to enhance specific wine types at the Plumm Masterclass at Craigie Knowe Vineyard. You will be amazed what difference the right glass makes to your wine experience!
For the personal touch…
One of the unique ingredients of the East Coast is that more often than not, the person pouring your wine is also the person that grows and harvests the grapes, and produces the stunning wines you’re drinking. The Great Eastern Wine Week gives you the opportunity at several different events to meet the people behind the wine and hear their stories.
Take a vineyard tour, followed by a tutored wine tasting experience with museum wines at Discover Freycinet Vineyard with Claudio Radenti.
Kick off your Wine Week mingling with East Coast winemakers overlooking the stunning Great Oyster Bay at Mingle with the Maker at Freycinet Lodge.
Join a collection of local makers and creators for tastings and tipples at Meet the Makers – Wine and Spirit Tastings and Tipples at Parkside Bar & Kitchen in St Helens.
Discover Priory Ridge Wines and Bay of Fires, St Helens – Experience Spring in an authentic rural setting, savour newly released wines, indulge in gourmet foods, relax to the tunes of local musicians and toast to all that is the Bay of Fires Region.
For some cool tunes…
Celebrate all things East Coast at ‘The Little Devil’ Cellar Door with acoustic tunes at ‘The Little Devil’ Intimate Sunday Session.
Enjoy live music set among the vines with great wine, great beer, great food and a great atmosphere. A great family event! Unwind in the Vines at Craigie Knowe.
Wines By the Bay at Freycinet Lodge – Relax at Freycinet Lodge for an afternoon of wine and smooth tunes on the deck overlooking Great Oyster Bay.
Journey along the East Coast Wine Trail, where the vines meet the sea…
The East Coast Wine Trail takes you to Tasmania’s East Coast cellar doors who not only have brilliant wines but some have views to die for. This is a place of remarkable natural beauty, and many local winemakers have taken full advantage of this in locating their cellar doors. Indulge yourself in the singular experience of tasting premium wines and feast your eyes on the scenery that has made this part of Tasmania world famous.
The cellar doors will be open for tastings throughout the Great Eastern Wine Festival. Be sure to book ahead to avoid any disappointment.
Quench your thirst with any number of events along the 221km stretch of stunning coastline. Stay for a night, a few days, or the whole week! There’s so much to do this Great Eastern Wine Week.
For more information and the full program of events visit www.greateasternwineweek.com.au