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Epicentre of Tasmania’s Food & Wine Scene

September 6, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

Woodbridge on the Derwent, Tasmania’s only Small Luxury Hotel, is located in the heart of the picturesque Derwent Valley, where a thriving food, wine and produce scene is sealing the region’s international reputation as an emerging culinary tourism destination.

Owners John and Laurelle Grimley, having bought and renovated this fine Georgian mansion several years ago and gaining architectural heritage awards in the process, are passionate about showcasing the region’s rich produce and the talents of local growers, artisans, chefs and winemakers with their guests.

Just thirty minutes from Hobart (and twenty minutes from MONA), this historic, convict-built property with its beautiful riverside setting, is perfectly located for forays into some of Tasmania’s best foodie experiences:

Fly-fishing – rainbow and brown trout can be caught from the property’s own picturesque riverfront location, or guests can be flown by seaplane or helicopter to some of the area’s most spectacular spots with expert fishing guides.

Single Malt/ whisky making -be chauffeur-driven or self-drive from Woodbridge to an historic property for full participation, including being helicoptered to the highlands to dig peat, mush, steep, distil and prepare the barrel for some of the world’s finest whisky, returning nightly to the comfort of Woodbridge. The whisky can then be bottled with your own private label to be sent on maturation.

The Agrarian Kitchen – run by former Australian Gourmet Traveller personality Rodney Dunn as a “paddock to plate” cooking experience, where his authentic approach to produce is attracting foodies from around the world. This local institution is just a scenic ten-minute drive from Woodbridge.

Truffle hunting – Woodbridge has its own truffle orchard, one of the first established in Australia, on a spectacular riverfront location nearby, which also has some of the region’s best trout fishing.

Cooking classes with renowned ABC chef and best-selling author of Slow cooking and A Year in a BottleSally Wise, exploring traditional dishes using fresh local produce.  Based in nearby Molesworth, Sally’s school includes classes in Convict and Colonial Cooking.

Stefano Lubiana, one of Tasmania’s leading winemakers and its only certified biodynamic wine producer, has opened a new tasting ‘interpretation’ centre nearby in a truly spectacular riverfront vineyard setting, soon to become a full tasting and dining facility.

Just ten minutes from Woodbridge and open to private tastings for their guests, Stefano’s wines also feature on their wine-list, with their cellar boasting the only remaining stock of his legendary 2006 Sasso super pinot.


To celebrate the start of the Spring season, Woodbridge on the Derwent is offering a new Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package for the first time ever, including daily: –

– A Breakfast worth waking for, spotting platypus from the waterfront pavilion
– ‘The Duchess of Bedford’ Afternoon Cream Tea, al fresco or indoors
– guided visit to the Convict Lockup (Wine Cellar) to select your dinner wines
– candlelit Dinner in The Pavilion overlooking the river
– after-dinner Port and Sherry, set out after dinner in The Ballroom
– all day tea, coffee, soft-drink and fruits in The Salon (other beverages additional)
– daily Fruit Platter
– in-room treats
– a $30 daily credit applied to each of unlimited massages booked with reservation
– down pillow option at turndown service
– complimentary use of all facilities such as bikes, kayaks and the sauna/hot tub/mini gym facility
from AUD $590.00/night/double

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