Well, what a year 2020 was. With restrictions on travel to Tasmania broadly lifted, the tourism sector is starting to re-bound. If you’re planning on jumping on a plane, or you’re a Tasmanian local, visiting a vineyard is simply one way of helping the local economy, grape growers and winemakers while having a bloody good time. The Tasmanian wine industry has banded together to ensure that the Southern Open Vineyards Weekend 2021 will still go ahead.
The annual event will run over 3-days on the 19th, 20th and 21st of February and spotlight Tasmania’s key southern wine regions: Derwent Valley, Coal River Valley and Huon Valley. During these three days, over 40 vineyards in these key regions will open their doors (some are never actually open to regular visitation) and many will ensure they pull out all the stops to give incredible experiences: Live music, incredible foods and of course, world quality wines being served by those who grow the grapes and make the wines.
Greer Carland winemaker at the rising label Quiet Mutiny is leading the charge for the 2021 weekend as event manager after pulling together the successful and widely attended 2020 event which occurred just prior to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and stopped tourism dead in its tracks.
Greer says “Winemaking can be a solitary occupation and even more so (this year) due to Covid-19. The
Southern Open Vineyards Weekend is a chance for winemakers to proudly showcase their
work, but more than that, it’s an opportunity to meet and get to know the people who
enjoy their wine. There is a lot of power in that,” she says.
Some of the notable labels involved include Meadowbank, Frogmore Creek, Sailor Seeks
Horse and Mewstone Wines, along with a number of additional ‘virtual’ winemakers who don’t
usually have a public facing bricks and mortar operation.
Please note: As the event requires guests to travel from vineyard to vineyard in their own vehicle, the
Southern Open Vineyards Weekend is perfectly suited to ‘Covid times’ with social distancing
in place at all participating vineyards and all visitors required to scan in via a QR code upon
A full list of participating vineyards is available at www.openvineyards.wine
What: Tasmanian Southern Open Vineyards Weekend
When: February 19th, 20th and 21st, 2021
More Information: www.openvineyards.wine