AGE SUBSCRIBERS: savour Tasmania's food and wine

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Meadowbank Winery in the Coal Valley wine region of Southern Tasmania

Meadowbank Winery in the Coal Valley wine region of Southern Tasmania [©Meadowbank Winery]

The Ether Building at Moorilla Estate, Hobart, Tasmania includes The Source Restaurant.
Salamanca Terraces, Hobart, Tasmania
Moorilla's famous
Seafood entree at Meadowbank Estate, Coal River Valley, Tasmania.

All subscribers of The Age who become Members of VisitVineyards.com before 28th February 2009 will automatically enter the draw to win a five-day holiday in Tasmania’s South, valued at over A$3000, courtesy of VisitVineyards.com, Innkeepers and Tourism Tasmania.

Receive two chances to win when you join VisitVineyards.com online at the special Age price of just $39 - a discount of 20% off RRP - for a whole year of exclusive wine, food and travel savings, benefits and experiences.

Or join with your partner for just $66 - save 30% and get four chances to win

 

Imagine....

Think penthouse on Hobart’s waterfront, think Tasmania’s premiere wines, think fine Tasmanian fare and five days to experience it all.  If you’re an Age subscriber and become a VisitVineyards.com Member before the end of February 2009, it could be you and your special someone savouring the best of Tasmania’s South for five whole days.

Together with The Age, Tourism Tasmania and Inn-keepers, we’re offering you the chance to spend some quality time exploring the finer points of Tasmania’s renowned wine and food from a luxurious base in the centre of Hobart.

 

Dream....

Arrive by air in Hobart, take a deep breath of fresh, clean air, collect your hire car and start your journey in Tasmania’s South.  Be greeted at Salamanca Terraces and guided to your stylish Penthouse, overlooking Hobart’s fabulous waterfront – the perfect location from which to explore the many wine and food delights on offer in Tasmania’s South.

Where to begin? First there’s the wonderful wine and food experiences included in your prize. Start with dinner at Alexander’s Restaurant, located in the colonial mansion and now hotel, Lenna - not only renowned for superb cuisine but a diverse wine list which includes wines from their impressive cellar collection featuring many of Tasmania's (and Penfolds') best.

The Coal River Valley produces some of Tasmania’s most outstanding wines so make sure you visit Puddleduck, Craigow and Pooley Wines at historic Belmont near Richmond, before arriving in time for a sensational lunch at Meadowbank Estate.  Here you’ll find yourself surrounded by vines with views over the bucolic Coal River Valley, immersed in Tasmania's wine country and all the sensory treats it has to offer. You’ll get to meet vigneron Gerald Ellis himself to hear first hand about their 2008 vintage and how the vineyard actually benefited from Tasmania’s ongoing drought. Or chat to estemed chef Simon West as he talks about his creative use of seasonal, regional food.

Fancy some river views?  Next day, leave the car at Salamanca Terraces and board your cruise bound for one of Tasmania’s very first vineyards – Moorilla.  Not only do they offer some of Tasmania’s premium wines, this estate is now one of the most progressive in Australia with the multi-million dollar Museum of Old and New Art (MOMA) being built alongside the re-development of their winery. Throw in a boutique beer brewery, Moo Brew, and an outstanding restaurant, The Source, and you’ll need a whole afternoon to take it all in.  Before lunch at The Source, you’ll savour some of Moorilla’s finest wines with a premium wine and boutique beer tasting, also as our guests.

We’ve organised Alexander’s, Meadowbank and Moorilla – the rest is up to you and you’ve got five days to fit as much in as you can!

Hobart and surrounds are full of varied wine and food experiences: just outside your door in Salamanca you could enjoy a beer in the historic Knopwoods pub, taste Native Pepperberry Liqueurs at Lark Distillery and stroll around the famous Salamanca market on a Saturday morning. If you feel like some history and coming face to face with nature, then a drive to Port Arthur and a Tasman Island Cruise can be highly recommended. Of course, if you need some fresh seafood on the way, then call into Barilla Bay for some of the best. Or picnic on the top of Mt Wellington and take in the views.

Southern Tasmania is full of special wines, food and people and we could go on for hours with recommendations, but we’ll leave it to you to discover what else is hiding in our region on VisitVineyards.com and plan the rest of your itinerary..... but you can always call us for some advice!

When you finally leave, no doubt dragging your feet, we know you’ll take home some wonderful memories of your Tasmanian experience - and if you're an oyster lover, pick up a mini-eski of Barilla Bay's fresh-shucked oysters to share with friends back home.

But you’ll also be carrying your VisitVineyards.com Membership card so you know your great wine, food and travel experiences aren't yet over for the year - there are also over 100 exclusive Members' experiences in Victoria to enjoy when you return....

 

To enter:

This competition is open to current subscribers of The Age over the age of 18 who become VisitVineyards.com Members before the end of February 2009. To enter, and for two chances to win per person, have your Age subscriber number handy, and simply join VisitVineyards.com here.

Or fill in the form supplied to you by The Age and return to us by post or fax for one chance to win per person. View competition terms and conditions here.

 

Not ready to become a Member today?

Then simply subscribe online (select FREE option, quoting your Age subscriber number) and go in the draw to win one of seven half-dozen select wines, total value approximately $1,050.

 

Good luck - you could be enjoying the best of Southern Tasmania in 2009!

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