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Sunday 29 October 2023

Discover one of Tasmania's most beautiful vineyard restaurants

Just half an hour north of Hobart, you'll find a newish vineyard eatery that offers one of Tasmania's best wine and food experiences - with views to match.

The Shed at Derwent Estate sits on a hill surrounded by vines, and looks down over the River Derwent.

On a sunny day there is no better place to enjoy a glass or two of wine and some local produce.

The original shed on the Derwent Estate land was built on the Mount Nassau property in the early 1900s but burnt down in the 1967 bushfires.

Rathbone Cottage (circa 1820) and the Homestead (circa 1830) survived and are still used today as the Derwent Estate tasting facility and as a private residence by the Hanigan family, who have lived and farmed here for five generations.

The Shearing and Tractor Shed replaced the original shed and in 2021 work began on “The Shed” Restaurant, which has been built in exactly the same footprint as the Shearing and Tractor Shed.

Many of the table bases have been built with timber from the Shearing Shed. 

It is a charming and rustic setting - and the vineyards have produced fruit for world-class wines including Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay.

We mixed and matched snacks with some wines by the glass, bypassing the Bruny Island oysters for parmesan and leek croquettes with lemon mayo; smoked duck breast with blackberry and a linseed and native pepper crisp. A super-rich Dorper lamb croquette with green tomato relish was the star of the show. 

We opted for the grilled octopus with Romesco sauce, black garlic and under-stated chimmichuri from the small plates and pan-fried blue-eye trevalla with buttered leek, sprouting broccoli and pickled radish from the large plates. Both were impressively presented and deftly cooked. 

There are several Vegan and vegetarian options, as well as desserts and cheeses with Tasmanian producers Pyengana and Grandvewe well represented.

The drinks list features around a dozen Derwent Estate wines by both the glass and the bottle, and a range of vintage wines dating back to 2010 on a by-the-bottle list.

We had the 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, 2022 Rosé and 2021 Chardonnay by the glass - all were of the usual excellent standard.

One worth adding to the "to visit" list for locals, and anyone visiting the Apple Isle. And just a short drive MONA. 

Derwent Estate is at 29 Lyell Highway, Granton TAS 7030. The cellar door is open 10am-5pm daily and The Shed Restaurant from 11am- 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. Bookings are recommended.



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