The Tasmanian Southern Open Vineyards weekend.
The Tasmanian Southern Open Vineyards weekend is set to go ahead on the 19, 20 and 21 of February 2021. As is the case for many, 2020 has been a tough year for Tasmanian winemakers who have been hit with export woes and a sharp decrease in sales because of hospitality industry Covid-19 restrictions. But determined to push forward, the industry has banded together to ensure that The Southern Open Vineyards Weekend takes place in 2021. The annual event runs over 3-days and showcases Tasmania’s key southern wine regions: Derwent Valley, Coal River Valley and Huon Valley.
Over forty vineyards across these regions will throw open their doors to guests for the three-day period, offering a unique opportunity for wine lovers to meet the masterminds behind some of Tasmania’s most loved wine labels, some of whom don’t usually operate a cellar door. Winemakers are a jovial bunch so you can count on them to pull out all stops when it comes to hosting, with many vineyards offering live music and food options created especially for the weekend.
Hobart based winemaker and event manager, Greer Carland of wine label Quiet Mutiny is leading the charge for the 2021 weekend after pulling together a successful and widely attended 2020 event which took place just prior to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“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 with a number of additional ‘virtual’ winemakers who don’t usually have a public facing bricks and mortar operation.
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 arrival.
A full list of participating vineyards is available at www.openvineyards.wine.
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