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Sunday 20 August 2017

A special wine weekend on Tasmania's east coast

Looking for an excuse to visit Tasmania? The Apple Isle's beautiful east coast hosts the Great Eastern Wine Weekend annually to showcase the region’s finest food and wine.

The festivities kick off on the evening of Friday, September 8, with a 'Meet the Maker' tasting at Freycinet Lodge and then continue throughout the weekend with a variety of cellar door specials and events.

Guests can choose between visiting vineyards along the Great Eastern Drive, cruising with Wineglass Bay Cruises and staying at Freycinet Lodge for 'Meet the Maker' and the ‘Great Eastern Wine and Dine’ gala dinner.

Meet the Maker | Freycinet Lodge | Friday, September 8
From 6pm-9pm a range of winemakers from the east coast region will be providing free wine tastings, product sales, information and good conversation the deck of Freycinet Lodge. Delicious gourmet barbecue items will be available for purchase including pork ribs, steamed mussels, crispy duck and freshly shucked oysters by Melshell Oysters.The event is open to the public and bookings are not required.

Wine in Wineglass | Saturday, September 9 
Experience the spectacular Wineglass Bay Cruise from 10am with hosts Tim Goddard and Rick Burge. The cruise includes local wine tastings, morning and afternoon tea, freshly shucked oysters, Tasmanian salmon and a delicious Ploughmans bento box lunch. (03) 6257 0355

Lunch in the Winery | Craigie Knowe | Saturday, September 9 

The brand-new Craigie Knowe cellar door hosts this feast from noon-3pm at a coast of $95pp. This event will be the official launch of both the cellar door and the 2017 wines including a rosé, pinot gris, riesling, chardonnay and white label pinot noir. A three-course wine-matched lunch of local produce including seafood, roast lamb, pig on the spit from Long Name Farm plus homemade dessert and cheese platters to finish. Bookings and enquiries:

The Great Eastern Wine and Dine Dinner | Freycinet Lodge | Saturday, September 9
A relaxed sunset feast overlooking Great Oyster Bay starts at 6pm for canapés and pre-dinner drinks, followed by a four-course dinner featuring gourmet Tasmanian shared platters matched to a selection of east coast wines. Each wine will be presented by its respective wine maker. Wine expert Tim Goddard from Cool Wines and Freycinet Vineyard winemaker Claudio Radenti will host the evening along with guest speaker Rick Burge from Burge Family Wines in the Barossa. $130 per person . Bookings and enquiries: (03) 6236 4311

Accommodation Package | Freycinet Lodge
A minimum two-night stay package is available at Freycinet Lodge from $553.50 for auto club members, and $738 for non-members. The package includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast and dinner at the Great Eastern Wine and Dine event for two people. Bookings and enquiries: (03) 6236 4311

Bubbles, Bivalves and Smooth Tunes at Devil's Corner | Sunday, September 10

From noon-3pm, guests can order fresh oysters and a glass of devilish bubbles, find a spot on the grass and settle in to the finish off the weekend with a relaxing afternoon of music. For just $24 you will receive a dozen oysters and a glass of bubbles to wash them down! No bookings required.

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