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Launceston: Pipers Traditional Trio Private Wine Tour

1. Launceston: Pipers Traditional Trio Private Wine Tour

Our first stop today is “The Ridge”. Situated in the foothills of majestic Mt. Arthur, this is Tasmania’s highest vineyard, where owners Harry and Susie boast of turning mountain air into wine – and what’s not to love about that! When they’re not busy turning mountain air into wine, Harry (A rockstar with a Harvard law degree) can be found jamming with his band, whist Susie can be found with a brush in hand, painting landscapes of her idyllic surrounds or scenes from adventures further afield. Experience their “Altitude + Latitude + Attitude” philosophy on a progressive walking and tasting tour around their property and cellar door. Under the old oak tree of this ‘by appointment’ cellar door, let us introduce you to Tasmanian wine royalty. Seriously. This winemaker’s wine has been sipped by Queen Elizabeth II herself, and on more than one occasion! We are, of course, at Apogee. Tasmanian wine pioneer Dr. Andrew Pirie used his doctoral thesis knowledge (based around the perfect Tassie terrior) to plant two hectares at Lebrina. Andrew is, without a doubt, one of Australia’s most respected winemakers. We are honoured to invite you to taste Andrew’s passion for perfection in a disgorging demonstration followed by a private tasting, vineyard platter and lunch inspired by the season. Our third and final vineyard for the day is Delamere. Established in 1982, this is one of the oldest vineyards in the region. After collectively practising their winemaking craft in acclaimed wine regions across the world, vigneron duo Fran and Shane discovered the sparkling potential of the region in 2007 and have nurtured Delamere ever since. Consistently producing a range of both quality table wines and traditional method sparkling, Fran and Shane aim to “encapsulate the story of each season” in their beautiful wines. Discover the stories yourself while relaxing in their leafy cellar door garden.

Launceston: Beyond the Barrel Private Wine and Whisky Tour

2. Launceston: Beyond the Barrel Private Wine and Whisky Tour

Welcome to the rolling hills of the Piper’s Brook region. Here in ‘Sparkling Tasmania’, a glass of bubbles before noon isn’t just acceptable – it’s highly recommended. Our first stop today is Clover Hill. One of Tasmania’s most celebrated sparkling producers. From grape to glass, Clover Hill’s sparkling is equal parts uncompromising quality and refined elegance. You’ll learn the philosophy that defines this prestigious label on an intimate vineyard tour, before retreating to the award-winning cellar door for a masterclass and guided tasting of their entire portfolio. Paired with a seasonal, small plate offering, this truly is a premier tasting experience. A short drive through some of Tasmania’s picturesque back roads take us to Sinapius, a quaint vineyard with four hectares of sun-drenched vines. Sinapius has been loved and nurtured by Tasmanian couple Linda and Vaughn, who chose to follow a simple, hands-on winemaking and vineyard philosophy. After the sudden passing of Vaughn in 2020, Linda, their daughters and the close knit Sinapius family have continued to produce some of Tasmania’s most recognised wines as his legacy. In their gorgeous, leafy cellar door, the team invites you to enjoy an intimate tasting of their expressive portfolio. The salty sea air draws us to the coast for our final stop of the day. Here in the tiny, windswept town of Tam O’Shanter, we will introduce you to Tasmanian whisky at its finest. Welcome to the simple splendour of Fanny’s Bay Distillery. Hear firsthand the story of how Mathew and Julie Cooper went from retired couple to award winning whisky producers. Their ‘liquid gold’ is now exported to high end restaurants and exclusive resorts across the world. Experience it for yourself, during a laid-back tasting (with complementary Tasmanian dark chocolate) in this humble seaside distillery. The perfect way to conclude our tasting trail, before we return, full of good spirits, to Launceston.

Launceston: Tamar Valley Private Food & Wine Tour

3. Launceston: Tamar Valley Private Food & Wine Tour

Discover the Tamar Valley on a local level with a locally curated private food and wine tour. Delight your palate with intimate tastings with winemakers before savoring Tamar’s seasonal produce over lunch. Take a stroll through beautiful vineyards and get magnificent views of the Tamar River. After a pickup from your accommodation and a detailed briefing of your day ahead, take a short drive up the beautiful Tamar River to your first stop at Utzinger Wines. Join Swiss winemaker Matthias at his by-appointment vineyard to indulge in an exclusive and intimate tour and tasting experience. Over the hill and not too far away, your next stop is the Stoney Rise Wine Company. Meet Joe and Lou Holyman who have the reputation of being among Tasmania’s best wine producers. Discover their picturesque vineyard, and admire the brand-new cellar door, that gazes out over the estate and the meandering Tamar River beyond. Join Lou for a tutored tasting to uncover the complex layers of personality in each wine. Crack open the doors to Timbre Kitchen, where the aromas of woodfire cooking hint at the sensory journey that is yet to come. Matt Adams (owner and head chef) and his team deliver a creative menu, perfectly paired with a relaxed dining experience. Their food is contemporary and unique; yet subtle and homely, using seasonal produce from local Tamar Valley meaning that Timbre’s progressive menu is ever-evolving. Taste all the flavors of the Tamar, paired with a complimentary glass of Velo wine, before returning you to Launceston.

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