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Tuesday 15 June 2021

East Coast wine festival expands to over 50 events

Tasmania's Great Eastern Wine Weekend is now the Great Eastern Wine Week with a program of over 50 events scheduled. 

The popular festival will now run from September 3-13, encompassing two weekends of tastings and events. 

This year marks the seventh year and a major expansion. The festival is recognised as a significant contributor to the island state’s regional tourism economy and is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.

“As we enter our seventh year, we are immensely proud of our achievements in promoting not only the wine but the excellent diversity of regional produce, experiences, chefs, cooks, caterers, providores, restauranteurs and communities of the East Coast," says Glenn Travers of Craigie Knowe, chair of the East Coast Wine Trail.

"From humble beginnings in 2015 when the Great Eastern Wine Weekend was a concept developed by RACT Destinations and Freycinet Lodge, the Great Eastern Wine Week has evolved into a ‘must do’ wine and food festival, positioning the East Coast of Tassie as one of Australia’s aspirational wine and food destinations.” 

Great Eastern Wine Week comprises 50 satellite events hosted by local cellar doors, restaurants, cafes, local producers and even a three-day walk on Maria Island, creating a full program of long lunches, degustation dinners, wildlife adventures, walks and wine tastings.

The highlights will include: Mingle with the Maker at Freycinet Lodge; Discover Freycinet Vineyard with Claudio Radenti; Trail, Shuck & Cheers at Boomer Creek and a Plumm glassware tasting at Craigie Knowe (above).

Spring Vale, Devil's Corner, Overtime, Milton, Ironhouse and Gala Estate will also be hosting events. 

Some something different try Dine with the Devils at East Coast Nature World or a Great Eastern Wine Cruise with Wineglass Bay Cruises.


Images: Mel Ferris and Puddlehub

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