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Wednesday 25 January 2017

Tasmania's new one-stop shop for vinophiles

Tasmania has a new regional one-stop shop for wine lovers at Bicheno: the Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre.

The centre, opened late last year, offers tastings and sales of 48 wines from 18 (soon to be 19) local vineyards between Triabunnna to just north of St Helens, including many that do not have their own cellar doors.

There are five varieties from five vineyards available to taste at a time. Those on taste are also available by the glass.Tastings cost $5, which is refunded on the purchase of a bottle. 

The experienced team of Subi Mead and Helen Bain, formerly of Swansea's Left Bank, pour the wines and tell the story of the vineyard in question. 

There will also be detailed tasting notes from each of the vineyards.

The Farm Shed can also make up mixed cases and post them home so you don’t have to risk breakage and excess baggage – there is a licensed Post Office on site. 

The featured East Coast vineyards include Darlington, Hurly Burly, Boomer Creek, Lisdillon, Kelvedon, Milton, Spring Vale, Freycinet Vineyard, Gala Estate, The Bend, Craigie Knowe, Overtime, MacLean Bay, Diamond Island, Apsley Gorge, Iron House, Priory Ridge and Sterling Heights. 

The centre is designed to highlight regional wines, but also has a coffee and wine bar and a retail gallery featuring Tasmanian artists and designers. 

The multi-use building, inspired by an old farm shed, it is located on the southern entrance to Bicheno on the Tasman Highway. 

The Farm Shed is open 9am-6pm seven days a week at 53 Burgess Street, Bicheno. (03) 6375 1868.

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