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Friday 30 October 2015

A new Tasmanian wine showpiece nears D-Day

There are huge plans in train to make Riversdale Estate, in the Coal River Valley, one of Tasmania's leading wine destinations.

Located in the shadow of the famous UTAS radio telescope, Riversdale Estate has until now been best-known for its luxury accommodation in several vineyard cabins.

The vines produce pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, pinot meunier and shiraz and much of the fruit has in the past been sold to labels including Treasury Wine Estate's Heemskerk.

As of December 1, Riversdale Estate is set to welcome visitors to a new vineyard cellar door tasting room and French Bistro restaurant.

The newly completed developments – which have spectacular views of the estate’s 37-hectare vineyard and adjacent wetlands, will be complemented by the opening of a Peter Rabbit-themed children’s garden scheduled to open in January.

Visitors to the property will be able to sample and purchase wines in the cellar door tasting room, while those able to linger longer will be able to enjoy French-inspired cuisine while dining in the estate’s elegant eatery.

Owners Wendy and Ian Roberts (above) say their project will boost tourism in southern Tasmania. The new facility will be open seven days a week 9am-5pm and will only close on Christmas Day and key public holidays. 

Stay tuned for updates. 

Riversdale Estate, 222 Denholms Rd, Cambridge, Tasmania. (03) 6248 5666 

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