Food and Wine in Tasmania
Spend five days sampling the best of Tasmania’s gourmet food and fine wine, in the company of ‘The Wine Man’, Peter Bourne.
With an abundance of fresh produce and a cool, temperate climate, it’s no wonder that Hobart has arguably become Australia’s gourmet capital. Enjoy visits to acclaimed wineries such as Moorilla Estate, Stefano Lubiana Wines and Pooley Wines, and pay a visit to the Huon Valley’s Fat Pig Farm for a farm-to-plate experience.
Explore Bruny Island, where Australia’s most southerly vineyards produce clean, crisp Chardonnay and rich Pinot Noir, and the Great Bay of Bruny nourishes what are said to be the finest oysters in the nation.
Complete your gastronomic exploration of Tasmania with dinner in some of Hobart’s premiere fine dining establishments.
Suggested arrival in Hobart in the mid-afternoon. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.
Make your way to the hotel and check in, followed by a welcome briefing with Peter and fellow travellers at 17:30.
Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner at Franklin restaurant, a former Ford showroom from the 1920s converted into one of Hobart’s fine dining establishments, with an indoor rose garden.
The early morning is at leisure for a visit to Salamanca Market, Hobart’s famous Saturday market.
In the late morning, travel to Fat Pig Farm in the Huon Valley for a sumptuous lunch utilising locally-grown produce. Owned by Matthew Evans, the star of SBS’s Gourmet Farmer¸ Fat Pig Farm is a farm-to-plate dining experience.
After lunch, continue to Home Hill Winery for a tour and tasting. Rich soils and reliable rainfall provide perfect conditions for the production of Home Hill’s award-winning Pinot Noir, as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Sylvaner.
Return to Hobart in the late afternoon, followed by an evening at leisure.
In the morning, travel east to the Coal River Valley for a visit to Frogmore Creek Wines, notable for its fine Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir.
Continue to Pooley Wines, Tasmania’s only third-generation vineyard, and a regular winner of Gourmet Traveller’s Best Small Cellar Door for Southern Tasmania.
Then travel westwards to Stefano Lubiana Wines in the Derwent Valley for lunch at the winery’s osteria. The menu changes every day, according to what has just been picked from the estate’s bio-dynamic vegetable garden.
After lunch, travel to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) for some free time in this extraordinary art collection. Then enjoy a special tour of Moorilla Estate, the winery connected with MONA.
Return to Hobart for an evening at leisure.
Spend a day visiting the stunning natural – and gastronomic – delights of Bruny Island just off the coast of Hobart.
In South Bruny, enjoy a tour and tasting at Bruny Island Premium Wines, Australia’s most southerly vineyard. The 49-hectare estate produces rich dark cherry Pinot Noir and golden Chardonnay. Lunch is at the winery.
Travel north along The Neck, the narrow isthmus connecting South and North Bruny, to Bruny Island Cheese Company for a tasting of artisanal cheeses, paired with fresh oysters from the Great Bay.
Return to Hobart in the evening before a special farewell dinner with Peter and fellow travellers at Mures Upper Deck, a hook-to-plate seafood restaurant overlooking the yachts riding at anchor at Victoria Dock.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.
Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including post-tour accommodation.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Final payment due
18 September 2018
Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in a centrally-located 5 star hotel on Hobart’s waterfront with breakfast daily (B)
- Fine restaurant dining and other meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wines specially selected by your tour leader
- Visits to specially selected vineyards and wineries for talks and tastings
- Transportation throughout in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price does not include
- Flights to and from Hobart (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfer on tour arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service, etc.
- Travel insurance (Recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Hobart – MACq 01 Hotel *****
Opened in 2017, Hobart’s premiere waterfront MACq01 Hotel offers generously proportioned rooms that present a unique sense of Tasmanian history and identity. Rooms come equipped with flat-screen TV, WiFi and coffee machine, while the Story Bar and Old Wharf Restaurant highlight locally-sourced wines, spirits and produce. Situated in the Hunter Street Precinct, the hotel is conveniently located nearby Salamanca Place, Hobart Docks and an array of cafés, studios and galleries.
NB. Hotel and restaurants of a similar standard may be substituted