Farms

November 2020


Farmers and producers from a selection of inviting locations in the Tamar Valley will open their gates last weekend in November 2020 to share their stories and give you a real taste of life on a small working farm.

Find out what’s happening on Tasmania’s farms in springtime! Enjoy a tour of the farm, orchard or paddocks, meet the producers and hear their stories, find out more about what it’s like to run a small agri business in one of our produce heartlands – or just enjoy the magnificent landscapes and scenery!

The West Tamar Valley is blessed with wonderful soils and micro-climates, and small pockets of land which are perfect for growing Tasmania’s premium produce. We look forward to sharing this special part of the world and the wonderful lifestyle it offers with you!

Brady’s Lookout Cider

Visit a producer of small batch, hand crafted method traditionelle cider. Utilising traditional sparkling wine techniques and the flavour of heritage apples, our cider is refined and authentic.

The only Tasmanian Cider mill devoted to using the method traditionelle (Champagne method) to make sparkling ciders of excellence. 83 heritage apple varieties are grown on the property, some varieties date back to 1608.

The Farmgate Festival information centre will be located here for 2019.

Contact

Brady’s Lookout Cider

Caroline and Chris Brown

0431 010 300

9 Craythorne Road, Rosevears

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Tours Hourly (30-40 mins)

Grey Sands Vineyard

Grey sands wines are cellared prior to release and are some of the most exceptionally cool climate wines in the region, you will have the ability to learn more from Rita and Bob on the tour.

The “collectors” garden is open all day to enjoy, BYO Picnic!

There is a wine tasting of 8 different wines as well as a guided tour of the fantastic garden.

Contact

Grey Sands Vineyard

Rita and Bob Richter

6 Kerrisons Road, Glengarry

03 6396 1167/ 0407 961 167

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Short Tours (10-20 mins)

No dogs please

Holm Oak Vineyards

Holm Oak Vineyards is the labour of love of dynamic duo, Bec Duffy and her husband Tim Duffy. Bec is the winemaker and Tim is the Viticulturist. Their complementary skills provide a vision to produce delicious wines that reflect their home, Tasmania’s pristine Tamar Valley, and their own personalities – honest, down to earth, genuine and authentic.

Tour the winemaking facility and learn about how wine is made including different processes for red and white wine.

Behind the scenes winery tour and barrel tastings 11am and 2pm

Bird n Herd BBQ will be available on the day

Contact

Holm Oak Vineyards

Bec and Tim Duffy

11 West Bay Road, Rowella

03 63947577

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Tours – 11am and 2pm

 

Honey Tasmania - The Beehive

Honey Tasmania offers a welcoming shop where you can learn about bees (featuring two live display beehives), taste delicious raw honey and delight in local products highlighting honey and honeybees.

We have also opened our bee gardens to the public, where you can learn what to plant to help save the bees and enjoy watching the bees while they work.

Having the display beehives allows the public to have a look into a beehive and discover how bees work. We also offer tastes of over 12 distinct honeys, and because we have a liquor licence, we offer tastes (to adults) of honey mead and other alcohol.

Contact

Honey Tasmania – The Beehive

Rebecca and Tristan Campbell

124 Main Road, Exeter

03 6331 9300 / 0438 570 719

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Short Tours (10 – 20 mins)

Langdale Farm

Your imagination will race as you tour this great property and hear the story of Langdale farm from their charismatic owners Oliver and Fiona. Meet the pigs, see a meat smoker in action and learn about making sausages and bacon.

BBQ sausages for sale.

We run a small scale free range pork farm. We sell our pork products at Harvest farmers market fortnightly, plus our nitrate free, smoked bacon is available at several Providore outlets. Our sausages, traditional pork and now Fennel flavor are now also available at Alps and Amici.

We breed and grow the rare breed pigs which are Berkshire, Saddleback and Large British Black. Our pork products are made here on farm and in our processing room. The bacon is dry cured with no added nitrates, then smoked the traditional way using local wood for the heat and smoke.

Contact

Langdale Farm

Oliver and Fiona Stocker

220 Glengarry Road, Glengarry

0404 095 590

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Tours Hourly (30-40 mins)

Lavender House – The Perfumery

Located in the small town of Rowella, Lavender House was established in 1991 and is inspired by a passion for lavender and the natural therapeutic values of herbs as simple natural remedies. The heart of the business is the bright Perfumery building where products are made on site.

You will have access to visit the gallery, distillery and observe the processes behind onsite manufacturing. The gift shop is open for purchases with samples that will delight your senses.

Contact

Lavender House – The Perfumery

Tony Cox

32 Waterton Hall Rd, Rowella

03 6394 7559

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Short Tours (10 – 20 mins)

Lentara Grove

Lentara Grove is an olive grove 5 minutes north of Exeter,  producing award-winning extra virgin olive oil from olives lovingly grown on site by owners Martin and Sophie Grace. 

Lentara Grove has 700 mature olive trees and 800 young olive trees with an onsite processing plant,  it is one of Tasmania’s oldest olive groves, producing multi award-winning premium quality extra virgin olive oil, olive oil skincare, table olives and other gourmet olive products.  Martin and Sophie have also recently planted out the first commercial-scale pomegranate farm in the state.

Sales of all products will be available on the day – try for yourself to taste and feel the difference!

 

Contact

Lentara Grove

Martin and Sophie Grace

2670 West Tamar Highway, Exeter

0407 870 845

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Tours Hourly (30 – 40 mins)

Petuna Aquaculture

Come and experience a working Atlantic Salmon farm in the Tamar Estuary called Petuna Aquaculture – Rowella. We produce about 2500 ton of Atlantic Salmon using the latest technology and applying best practices to every part of the process. The farm is unique in that it is fully accessible from the shore unlike all other Salmon farms in Tasmania.

A unique opportunity to get up close with the day to day running of the only Atlantic Salmon farm on the Tamar Estuary. Speak to senior staff about what it takes to farm Salmon on the Tamar Estuary.

Children aged 8 and over only permitted on tours, and must be supervised closely by an adult at all times.

We regret that tours are not suitable for pushchairs, or wheelchair access.

Please note that the marine farm will be operational during the festival and this will include the harvesting of fish, a mechanical process carried out with best practice and the welfare of fish uppermost in mind.

Contact

Petuna Aquaculture

627 Rowella Road, Rowella

03 6394 7733

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60 min tours 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Please arrive 15 mins early for a pre safety brief.

Max 30 people per tour.  No pre-booking.

 

Tamar Valley Hazelnuts

Walk through a hazelnut orchard and see baby nuts growing on the trees.

Learn how hazelnuts are grown – have a go at harvesting your own nuts using a vacuum harvester. Investigate the hazelnut processing facility and taste fresh raw and roasted hazelnut and chocolate hazelnut butter.

Be amazed at the taste difference when compared to imported nuts.

Not normally open to the public this family owned business is only one of a few in the country that produce fresh hazelnuts. This 5000 tree orchard and nursery has been in operation since 2010.

Contact

Tamar Valley Hazelnuts

Carol Bracken

43 Turkey Farm Road, Glengarry

0423 255 776

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Tours Hourly (30-40 mins)

Tamar Valley Pastured Eggs

A family run farm on the hills in Glengarry, our happy chickens are free to roam around in the pasture all day.

Come and see their mobile caravans and learn all about pastured egg farming and how three Queenslanders went from desk jobs to 500 + chickens!

Our chickens are some of the happiest in Tasmania and our mobile chicken caravans provide the ideal system to ensure they can be as chickens should be.

Contact

Tamar Valley Pastured Eggs

Katt Ferrero

16 Lamont Road, Glengarry

0419 731 573

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Tours Hourly (30 – 40 mins)

Tamar Valley Truffles

Tamar Valley Truffles is exquisitely located in a magnificent, sweeping valley just behind Launceston.

Around eight hectares are given over to some 3,000 stately oak trees planted in 2001, walk under these stately oak trees below which the truffles flourish.

Sample award winning truffle infused products and truffle flavoured dishes.

 

Contact

Tamar Valley Truffles

John Bailey

349 Ecclestone Road, Riverside

0417 112 655

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Short Tours (10-20 mins)

Tascargot

Tascargots; the first and only snail farm in the Tamar Valley. Come join us for a spectacular day were you can learn and hear everything about escargots and have a nibble on the side with a glass of wine in the vineyards and a behind the scenes in our winery.

We are the first and only snail farm in the Tamar Valley and combine two sorts of slow produce; escargots and wine. A match made in heaven.

Contact

Tascargot

Nicole Morssink

150 Hjorts Rd, Loira

0413 183 547

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Short Tours (10 – 20 mins)

Village Olive Grove

The Village Olive Grove is within the tourist village of Grindelwald and overlooks the Tamar River. It contains 830, 13 year old trees on a 2.5 hectare property. It has consistently produced a high quality and award winning extra virgin olive oil.

Try the oil for yourself at the grove where it’s grown, see the trees in flower, and a demonstration of the harvesting equipment , and of course the natural tranquility and views of the Tamar estuary.

 

Contact

Village Olive Grove

Allen Baird

26 Skyline Avenue, Grindelwald

0438 301 731

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Short Tours (10-20 mins)

Waterton Hall

Waterton Hall Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard estate which produces multi-award winning wines. The vines of Shiraz, Riesling and Viognier were planted in 1999; the Shiraz extended in 2012 and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay added in 2012.

Our 60 acres is not only home to established and new vineyards which descend to the Tamar River but also to fully restored historic infrastructure ~ the 1853 dolorite barn with shingle roof, the Georgian dolorite Hall c. 1853 re imagined by Alexander North 1910-1913 and the Schoolhouse.

History meets contemporary Award winning wines at Waterton hall. As Waterton Hall does not have a cellar door there is normally no access to the property and makes this a unique opportunity to tour the historical garden and buildings.

Access to Waterton Hall will only be available on Sunday 24th November.

Contact

Waterton Hall Wines

Dr Susan Shannon

61 Waterton Hall Road, Rowella

0417 834 781

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Tours Hourly (45 Mins)

Wilmore’s Bluff

This spectacular property on the banks of the Tamar is home to Corma sheep from the highlands of Tasmania.

Tour the farm and marvel at the amazing views. A typical shearer’s morning tea will be available in our historic apple shed converted to a shearing shed.

See fantastic views, sheep, wool bales, wool classing, and the shearing shed.

An extended tour is available at 2pm that will run for 60 minutes and take a tour of the paddocks. 

Cormo sheep are a Tasmanian breed. There are also first and second cross sheep and lambs. The focus of the farm is on both wool and fat lambs.

Wilmores Bluff is very pleased to be hosting Bridgenorth Berries for the weekend, and you can purchase a number of their jams and other products.

Contact

Wilmore’s Bluff

Mandy Cooper

37 Blackwood Hills Road, Rowella

0428 250 930

Wilmores Bluff Facebook

Bridgenorth Berries Facebook

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Short Tours (10 – 20 mins)