The Top 10 Places to See in Tasmania
With Tasmania's 3.4-million acres of protected wilderness, this alluring isle feels close to heaven—Tasmanian devils included
- By Tony Perrottet
- Smithsonian.com, April 17, 2012
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The fertile Tamar Valley northeast of Launceston produces some of Australia’s most prestigious wines: the cool, moist climate results in outstanding pinot noir, Riesling and chardonnay, as well as award-winning sparkling and dessert wines. And with 32 wineries within about 120 miles, it makes for a classic Aussie road trip. Many of the establishments on the Wine Route (which is conveniently marked on highways with yellow and blue signs) are worth visiting for their settings alone. The Josef Chromy Winery is on a historic lakeside estate, with its tasting room and excellent café, serving local produce, housed in a pioneer homestead from the 1880s. The Bay of Fires Winery produces the House of Arras line: Its mastermind, Ed Carr, was recently declared Australian Winemaker of the Year in honor of his 25 years of service crafting sparkling wines, earning the nickname among Aussies “The Fizzicist.”
Contributing writer Tony Perrottet, who was born in Australia and now lives in New York, has been visiting Tasmania since the 1980s; www.tonyperrottet.com.