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Monday 14 December 2020

The best weekend of the year for a wine lover in Tasmania?


Many wine producers in Tasmania are so small that they do not have the time or staff to operate a cellar door. 

Over one weekend a year, however, tiny wineries like Resolution Vineyard at Middleton and Quiet Mutiny at Granton throw open their doors to welcome visitors for tastings and a look behind the scenes.

The Tasmanian Southern Open Vineyards weekend is set to go ahead on February 19-21, 2021. 

As was the case for many, 2020 has been a tough year for Tasmanian winemakers who have been hit with export woes and a sharp decrease in sales as a result of hospitality industry Covid-19 restrictions. 

Determined to push forward, the industry has banded together to ensure the event happens  key southern Tasmania's key wine regions:the Derwent Valley, Coal River Valley and Huon Valley.

Over 40 vineyards across these regions will throw open their doors to guests for the three days, offering a unique opportunity for wine lovers to meet the makers. 

Many vineyards will be offering live music and food options created especially for the weekend.

Hobart-based winemaker and event manager Greer Carland of wine label Quiet Mutiny is leading the charge for the 2021 weekend after pulling together a successful 2020 event that took place just prior to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Winemaking can be a solitary occupation and even more so this year due to Covid-19," Carland said. 

"The Southern Open Vineyards Weekend is a chance for winemakers to proudly showcase their work, but more than that, it’s an opportunity to meet and get to know the people who enjoy their wine. There is a lot of power in that.” 

Some of the notable labels involved include Meadowbank, Frogmore Creek (below), Pudldeduck (above), Sailor Seeks Horse and Mewstone Wines. 

Southern Open Vineyards Weekend is perfectly suited to ‘Covid times’ with social distancing in place at all participating vineyards. 

A full list of participating vineyards is available at

Images: Chelsea Bell/Ewen Bell 

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