Virtuoso Life Australia Special Edition – May 2017 - 24
For years, Australia's southern island state was pegged as the nature lover's paradise.
It still is, of course, but all that fresh air (reportedly the cleanest in the world),
nutrient-rich volcanic soil, and pristine water provide the foundation for
some seriously good food, wine, and culture, too.
As a sustainable farm operated by food
lovers who are eager to share their passions,
The Agrarian Kitchen (theagrariankitchen.
com) sums up everything that is great about
the island's food culture. Housed in a nineteenth-century schoolhouse and situated on
five acres in the scenic Derwent Valley outside
Hobart, it's a prime Tasmanian destination
for learning about growing, harvesting, and
cooking produce, from paddock to plate. Seasonal cooking classes cover everything from
charcuterie to craft beer to making preserves
Culinary Cradle to Coast
Northwest Tasmania is home to a growing
list of artisan food producers, wineries, and
cafés. Explore the region by car, passing
through inland towns and valleys toward
Cradle Mountain and on to coastal roads.
Recommended rest stops: House of Anvers
chocolate factory in Devonport (anvers
chocolate.com.au), Red Hills vineyards, and
41 Degrees South (41southtasmania.com),
where the Pyka family raises freshwater
salmon on its bushland property.
A Toast to Josef Chromy
A pioneer and living legend on the Tasmanian
wine scene, Josef Chromy developed some of
the state's best wineries before launching his
eponymous winery (josefchromy.com.au) in the
idyllic Tamar Valley near Launceston in 2007.
Sample his cool-climate wines, crafted from
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pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris,
and sauvignon blanc grapes at the cellar
door in an 1880s farmhouse, or at the innovative restaurant overlooking the winery's
vineyards and lake.
Big Little City
Tasmania's charming capital, Hobart, has
more than its fair share of culture, starting
with the Museum of Old and New Art, or
MONA (mona.net.au). Australia's largest
privately owned museum is cut into sandstone
cliffs in the northern suburbs, with an art
collection as eclectic as it is provocative.
More delights are on display at Salamanca
Market, where each Saturday more than 300
stalls selling arts, crafts, homewares, and
produce crowd Salamanca Place. On Sunday
mornings, central Bathurst Street closes for
the tasty Farm Gate Market, a showcase of
Tasmanian produce and artisan producers.
With its own collection of art and antiques,
the boutique Islington Hotel makes a perfect
base for cultural peregrinations.
HANDSOME DEVIL ALERT!
The permanent residents at the boutique hotel
Saffire Freycinet don't know how good they have
it. The luxe eco-lodge on Great Oyster Bay recently
opened a retirement home for the cute but carnivorous
Tasmanian devil a short walk from its suites. As part of
the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, guests are
invited to learn about the endangered black critters
as they feed and play in a one-hectare, free-range
enclosure that mimics their natural habitat.
moors, empty beaches,
rain forests during
include rugged Cradle
(gateway to FranklinGordon Wild Rivers
and Freycinet National
Park - home to
a lagoon breeding
(MONA) JOE MCNALLY/TOURISM AUSTRALIA
Farm and Table