Tasmania has cultivated a reputation over the years as something of an 'it' destination for the country's many foodies.
Market stalls around the state are often full to over-brimming with fresh, local produce.
The state's many waterways are also known as some of Australia’s best sources of oysters, crayfish and other fine delicacies.
And it is not uncommon for people to while away the hours at their favourite eatery or enjoying a hearty, home-cooked meal using this fine produce.
But it is not until you reach the Tamar Valley that you really get a taste of Tasmania.
If you are travelling from Launceston in the north of Tasmania, you simply follow the trail of vineyards north-west in order to reach the first part of the trail split in two by the Tamar River. Known locally as TVWR, there are over 170kms of vineyards, orchards and small pasture holdings in the oldest wine growing area in Tasmania. A full two days should be set aside to explore the vineyards and the attractions in the area. With Beaconsfield Mine, Beauty Point all the way through to Narawntapu National Park.
With greater frequency mainland wine companies/makers are procuring Tasmanian land or established vineyards to source grapes for their premium sparkling wines. Tasmania’s cooler climate is able to achieve a delicacy of flavour not achievable in warmer regions. This is testimony to the quality of wines which come from this region.
The valley is best known for its Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and complex Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines with a special place held for fine sparkling wines. Say the name Jansz and any wine drinker’s eyes will light up.
You can take part in wine tastings at many of the vineyard cellar doors, where you will find the producers very hands-on. After sampling, maybe even pack a few extra bottles to share with friends.
If your purchases are reds you will want to cellar them to allow them to reach their full potential. Elm Wood and its accommodation options has some of the best information on wineries in the region.