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Taste House opens at Woodbridge
The Woodbridge Smokehouse, famed for its traditionally smoked ocean trout and salmon, has opened a Taste House for the coming tourism season.
Woodbridge Smokehouse is set on a 10ha apple orchard half an hour south-east of Hobart.
Hand-smoking processes, using a mixture of local hard woods (including apple orchard shavings) create delicate and distinctive flavours.
Now food lovers can savour the unique tastes of award-winning artisan fare as they enjoy views over the D'Entrecasteaux Channel from the Taste House.
It's open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays; from noon to 4pm on Saturdays; and by appointment on Sundays.
On Thursdays and Fridays there is a Go behind the Production tour (for groups of 4-8 with bookings essential) to unveil the finer details of the purpose-built smokehouse and processing facility.
Guests can see how a small team, sharing over 75 years experience, use long-established traditions to fillet, brine, smoke, and hand slice fish.
Tours last about an hour and cost $45 per person, including tasting samples.
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Further up the east coast, Craigie Knowe has opened its Cranbrook cellar door to visitors nearly 40 years after its first vines were planted.
Craigie Knowe Vineyard was established in 1979 by Hobart dentist John Austwick who planted five hectares. He sold the vineyard 20 years later.
A subsequent owner left the vines unattended in 2011 and 2012 and when Glen and Sandy Travers purchased the property in 2013, after a life-changing Tasmanian holiday, there was plenty of work to be done.
Mr Travers said: "Along with our son Alex, we have worked hard to bring the vineyard back to health and vitality.
"Our wine is now made off site [by Matt Wood of Spring Vale] allowing us to concentrate on our vines so we can bring you the best wine possible."
Aside from planting new vines they have restored the circa 1842 sandstone and bluestone homestead built by the pioneering Amos family.
A former winery has become a rustic tasting facility with comfortable al fresco seating.
Visitors are invited to choose from lunch or snack options and can enjoy a chat with the owners while tasting.
The wine range includes outstanding estate 2015 pinot noir and 2016 riesling, along with an excellent pinot gris, a pinot noir rosé and a lighter pinot noir, all from 2017, under Craigie Knowe's entry-level white label.
The 2015 pinot won a Bronze Medal at the Royal Hobart Wine Show, while the 2016 riesling won an Elite Gold Medal at the Canberra International Wine Show and will be available soon.
The 2015 cabernet, 2016 cabernet and 2016 pinot noir are still in barrel and are reported to be "coming along beautifully."
The cellar door is open by appointment for tasting, vineyard tours and lunch platters.
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Image courtesy of the Woodbridge Smokehouse
3 October 2017, Edition 188