Twenty minutes from Launceston lies the small town of Lilydale. There’s only one sparkling winery here but this area has plenty to offer as the gateway to the sparkling corner.
Sarah and Mark Hirst are a dynamic young couple who work with Josef Chromy’s chief winemaker Jeremy Dineen to create a sparkling wine that shows true representation of their 24 year old, 6.25ha vineyard in Lilydale. With a cheeky sense of humour, Leaning Church are bringing a cheerful and vibrant element to the Tamar Valley. Well worth popping in to see them.
Tim and Sheena first started planning their Tasmanian vineyard from the other side of the world in Denmark. Over many years they searched for their ideal site, Sheena attended Charles Sturt University to complete a degree in winemaking and viticulture.1999 saw the first vines planted and until 2009, the grapes were sold to others before the High’s created their own label. In addition to a very elegant sparkling wine they also produce aromatic whites and a Pinot Noir.
Not strictly a winery, this new addition to the Lower East Tamar has been a fantastic boost. Clover Hill use this as their Cellar Door as do many of the other smaller wineries around the region. In addition, many of the states cider, beer and spirit producers all are available to purchase or taste from the larder. This is an excellent place to taste some delicious sparkling and also stock up your picnic basket to enjoy at many of the wineries in the sparkling corner.
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Need a break from wine?
Lilydale Falls is a perfect place to stop for a relaxing walk in some of Tasmania’s beautiful landscape. It is only a short walk to the falls making it ideal if you are on a tight schedule.
Scottsdale is a convenient place to situate yourself to explore the north-east. The local Forest Eco-Centre has an interactive forest interpretation focusing on history and landscape. Close to Bridestowe Lavender Farm, it is the gateway to the Tin Dragon Trail and Ringarooma home of Pyengana Dairy and Ralph’s Falls one of the 60 Great Short Walks of Tasmania.
Hollybank Treetop Adventures Look at Tasmania a different way! Zip through the treetops on a canopy tour or try your hand on a Segway through the forest floor, this is the place for the adventurous visitors!