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Thursday 24 September 2015

How to have some gourmet fun in Tasmania. Now you'll have to book.

Down the far end of White Kangaroo Road all you can hear is the frogs and the occasional bird. The rivulet is too far below us to be heard and the resident platypuses are hiding away, as is their wont. 

This weekend, however, the Wobbly Boot Vineyard outside Campania, in the far flung reaches of Tasmania's Coal River Valley, will come alive with the sound of people having fun. 

Purchased over a year ago by the Williams family, Wobbly Boot will this weekend celebrate its resurrection - and the first wine to be released under the new ownership, a very crisp and clean 2015 Sauvignon Blanc.

New owners Paul and Lynda Williams, and their son Isaac, have disparate backgrounds but share a love of food and wine. 

Paul, a former teacher and social worker, is doing much of the vineyard work himself, using sustainable practices where possible and with support from his neighbours at Frogmore Creek's Roslyn Vineyard. The fruit is vinified at Frogmore Creek by Alain Rousseau. 

At the moment, Wobbly Boot - named because of the irregular shape of the property - is home to just one hectare of sauvignon blanc and pinot noir (the 2015 pinot is scheduled to be released early in the new year). A second vineyard will soon be planted with the same two varieties and some riesling.

This weekend's open weekend (September 26-27), from 11am-5pm each day, is a rare occasion as Wobbly Boot is usually open by appointment only. 

"As our philosophy is to personalise and develop ongoing relationships with our customers we only directly sell via our website or to visitors to our vineyard and do not operate a traditional cellar door," says Paul, although one or two retail outlets may soon be added.

The Open Weekend and Sauvignon Blanc Celebration is free. Visitors to 487 White Kangaroo Road, Campania, are invited to meet the family, try the wine and have some fun.

Complimentary canapes will be on offer, as well as wine for sale by the glass or bottle. 

Guests are invited to explore the Vista Room, enjoy a picnic by the river or next to the vines. There will be a mystery wine competition and guests should bring their own picnic food and a rug. 

# The open weekend has come and gone. Reservations are now needed for visits. 

For full details see Richmond head toward Campania, turn right on Fingerpost Road, cross the Coal River, turn left and proceed up White Kangaroo Road for 5km

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