Oh, the options! Breweries, wineries and distilleries of the Cradle Coast
Delicious food pairs well with unique craft beverage and lucky for us, the Cradle Coast is short on neither. Whether you like to indulge in a local Pinot Noir or prefer a peated whiskey, the array of tasteful beverages which tell their own unique story is plentiful here. Stop in for one, or try them all! Choose your own adventure... but taste smart and remember to always select a designated driver.😉
Seven Sheds Brewery
Seven Sheds Brewery is located in the heart of the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, in a rich agricultural region. The brewery offers a range of beers that draw inspiration from local produce, history and a blend of artisanal and experimental modern brewing methods. As well as traditional English and Belgian ale styles brewed with fine Tasmanian malts and hops, owner Willie Simpson produces beer with diverse ingredients like: oatmeal, foraged pepper berries, raspberries, quinoa, sour cherries and peated malt. The tasting room, hop garden and brewery are up a short laneway just a block back from the main street in topiary-themed Railton. The cellar door sits beside the brew-house, offering undercover picnic tables and outdoor seating beside hop trellises. Tasting paddles, beer by the glass and take-away bottles are available from 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday from September to May, with an earlier closing time during June and July.
Ghost Rock Winery
The Cellar Door and Eatery is an idyllic spot to relax and unwind, with stunning views over the vines, rolling countryside and Bass Strait. The Eatery provides light lunches and grazing boards featuring local artisan produce. The winery is a family friendly venue, with sparse lawns to rollout a picnic blanket or simply let the kids run free or play games. Ghost Rock is open daily from 11am – 5pm.
Hellyers Road Distillery
Australia’s largest boutique whisky distillery is located in Burnie, an easy 30-minute drive from Devonport’s Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. Hellyers Road also offers a superb cafe with breathtaking views over some of the nation’s best pastoral lands and the beautiful Emu Valley. Visitors can enjoy a fully interpreted tour of the distillery on a "Whisky Walk" to find out the fascinating origins behind the brand and learn how Hellyers Road crafts its award-winning single malt whiskies. The Whisky Walk also provide guests with the opportunity to pour and wax seal their own bottle of Hellyers Road Distiller’s Choice whisky – complete with signed Certificate of Authenticity. Bookings for the Whisky Walk are recommended.
You can also sample the range of single malts, vodka and whisky cream liqueurs at the dedicated tasting counter. Even if you're not a whisky lover, a visit to Hellyers Road Distillery is a fascinating experience and insight into how one of the world’s emerging whisky brands plies its craft.
Southern Wild Distillery
Tasmania's Cradle Coast is surrounded by clean air, the purest water, rich soil, and incredible ingredients grown by passionate growers. Southern Wild Distillery (makers of Dasher+Fisher Gin) create a range of unique gins that convey the varied regional producers and landscapes.
The gins are named after the two wild rivers, the Dasher and the Fisher, which run from the snowmelt of Cradle Mountain, through the rich hinterland, to the pristine coast. Three gins are based on the landscape and the ingredients that are found in the area: Mountain, Meadow and Ocean, using the ‘Tassie Trio’ of ingredients- native pepperberry, lavender and wakame. They are uniquely Tasmanian; wild and pure.
The focal point of the distillery is a unique copper still designed by Distiller, George Burgess. The distillery has a brand new location at Providore Place, complete with a tasting room and a bar serving cocktails using a unique range of spirits and liqueurs made onsite.
Spreyton Cider Co.’s traditional ciders are made using the time honoured cider making techniques of England and France. These flavour packed ciders are fermented in the bottle to produce lightly carbonated ciders reminiscent in appearance to fine champagne.
By using a range of different apple varieties carefully selected and crushed at the optimum time, Spreyton Cider is able to produce different flavour profiles and levels of dryness. The traditional cider making techniques deliver complex flavour profiles ideally suited to matching with a quality cheese platter or a meal. The tasting room is open Monday to Friday from 12-5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am-4:30pm.
Blustery Banks Vineyard
Blustery Banks Vineyard (where the wind will "blow your hat off") is situated on a windswept hill overlooking Bass Strait to the North, surrounded by rich, fertile farming land and spectacular mountain views. With a long growing season, their award-winning cool climate wines deliver exceptional flavours to the palate. The Cellar Door incorporates Squibbs Orchard Shop, offering wine sales, tastings, fresh apples and pears in season and a huge variety of delicious Tasmanian products. Located only 10 minutes drive from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal and on the road to Sheffield, Cradle Mountain and Lake Barrington. Their hours are Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, and Saturday from 10am-4pm.
La Villa Tasmania
The passion displayed by artisan friends in Italy encouraged the owners at La Villa to develop their own vineyard in Tasmania, where owner Marcus's family has grown apples and pears for three generations.
At La Villa, named after Emilia-Romagna where the couple lived in Italy, their grapes are lovingly grown, hand pruned and hand picked before being crafted into premium wine under the watchful eye of wine makers, Fran Austin and Shane Holloway.
Whilst their inspirations comes from years of living in Italy, their endeavour will always be to produce wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the cool, unique climate here in Tasmania. Their hours of operation are: Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-4pm, and closed from May to September.
Three Willows Vineyard
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