Tasmania has long been recognised for its ideal winemaking conditions. The region’s cool climate, dolerite-capped mountains and mineral-rich soils combine to create conditions that are ideal for sparkling production. And this spring local producers are getting some time in the spotlight as part of the 6th annual Effervescence Tasmania festival.
Held over nine days in November at various locations around the state, the festival celebrates local sparkling, catering to enthusiasts with different levels of knowledge and appreciation of wine, all while showcasing the natural beauty of the region.
Take a private boat from Hobart to Bruny Island for The Longest Tasting, a three-day tour that includes scenic coastal walks, luxury camping, and some of the region’s best sparkling paired with local cheese or oysters shucked straight out of the sea. Or hike the Sparkling Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, a four-day trek across white-sand beaches, with different sparkling wines served with dinner each night, and a foot-spa treatment and overnight stay at the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge included.
The Grand Tasting is an outdoor spring garden party where you can try bubbles from 12 sparkling wine producers, or you can tee up at the Effervescence Tasmania Open, where you’ll play 18 holes of golf at Barnbougle Lost Farm. Midway through the game local winemakers put on a long-table lunch.
Morning Fizz, Music and Mimosas, on the final day of the festival, is an AM session of live music, cocktails, coffee and pastries. Or enjoy your last glasses of fizz at Sparkling Seafood Sunday at Tamar Ridge Wine, where there’ll plenty of oceanic snacks to enjoy on the lawn overlooking the Tamar River.
More than 50 other events include winemaking masterclasses; classes on pairing sparkling with oysters, smoked salmon and cheese; meet-the-maker sessions with producers and connoisseurs from Jansz Tasmania, Clover Hill Wines, Apogee Wine and Pipers Brook Vineyard among others; degustations; tastings; and winery and cellar door tours. You can even glamp among the vines at Clover Hill.