If you've been meaning to visit Tasmania but have not yet got around to it, the Great Eastern Wine Weekend might be the excuse you have been looking for.
To be held from September 7-9, the Great Eastern Wine Weekend is a celebration of the finest wine and fare from East Coast Tasmania - and is hosted by wilderness escape Freycinet Lodge.
The weekend begins on Friday evening with a casual ‘Meet the Makers’ tasting at sunset and the following two days feature cellar door specials, lazy brunches, vineyard events and cruisy tastings.
There are freshly shucked oysters to enjoy standing in the very waters they’re grown, picnic rugs at the ready on secluded beaches, and a rustic long lunch between the vines of the region’s oldest vineyard.
Guests can design their own itinerary based around an Eat, Drink and Stay package at Freycinet Lodge, which includes two nights’ accommodation for a couple including breakfast, and two tickets to the Great Eastern Wine and Dinner on the Saturday night co-hosted by Tim Goddard and Claudio Radenti from Freycinet Vineyard.
RACT member packages start at $619 and public packages start at $729. Guests looking for even more luxury might want to book one of the new and exclusive Coastal Pavilions (below).
Some of the events are free, including the Friday tasting, while supplements are payable for activities including an interactive visit to Freycinet Marine Farm, a cooking class and three-course feast at Twamley Farm, a pinot vertical at Milton Vineyard and lunch in the vines at historic Craigie Knowe, as well as Bubbles and Bivalves sparkling and oyster brunch at Devil's Corner.
Serious aficionados can enjoy a vineyard visit at Freycinet vineyard while more casual visitors can enjoy a range of cellar door visits.
For further details and bookings visit www.freycinetlodge.com.au/wineweekend or phone (03) 6256 7222. I did this weekend last year and can confirm it is an absolute ripper.