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A winemaker’s guide to the best places to visit in and around Hobart, Tasmania

Devil’s Corner senior winemaker Tom Wallace reveals his go-to spots across the Apple Isle.
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Hobart is a treasure trove of natural and cultural wonders. Between the impressive figure of hiker’s haven Kunanyi (Mount Wellington) and the city’s world-famous art gallery MONA, Tasmania’s capital is guaranteed to satisfy every type of traveller.  
 
Senior winemaker Tom Wallace appreciates the city and its surrounds more than most. After studying the art of winemaking in his home country of New Zealand, he relocated to Tasmania to oversee some of the island state’s best wine brands (including Devil’s Corner, Tamar Ridge and Pirie sparkling). 

Here, the rugged peaks, generous soils, and maritime climate allow Wallace to produce a diverse range of wines, from the region’s signature pinot noir to cool-climate whites and world-class Tasmanian sparkling.   

Below, Wallace shares his top recommendations on where to hike, drink and play in and around Hobart.  

The best things to do in Hobart, Tasmania  

The scenic panoramic view from The Hazards lookout is worth the climb. (Credit: Pirie & Devil’s Corner)

1. Hiking trails and lookouts  

For adventurous travellers, walking trails abound in the rugged island state. Whether you’re seeking a full-day hike or a gentle stroll, there are plenty of mountains and national parks to explore. Mount Field National Park, one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks, and the ocean-view Cape Hauy Track are both a 90-minute drive out of the city.  

A short drive from Hobart, Wallace recommends Kunanyi for breathtaking views of Tasmania’s vast wilderness. “I love walks around Kunanyi on a good day with views across the city and the ocean — it’s stunning,” he says. “In winter you can drive to the top and you might just be able to have a snowball fight.” 

The underground cellar door, aptly named Devil’s Den, at Devil‘s Corner offers guided tastings of the brand’s premium wines. (Credit: Adam Gibson)

2. Scenic wineries and cellar doors  

“A visit to the east coast of Tasmania, where the Devil’s Corner Cellar Door is situated, is a must,” Wallace says. Nestled along the Great Eastern Drive, a scenic two-hour trip from Hobart, the cellar door is comprised of industrial timber-clad shipping containers in rolling vineyards that stretch down to the water’s edge.  
 
“Enjoy a private tasting in the Devil’s Den, or sit on the deck or grass overlooking The Hazards mountain range while enjoying Devil’s Corner Resolution Pinot Noir and a bite to eat from the on-site food partners, the Fishers and Tombolo Freycinet,” Wallace suggests.  

Pirie vintages continue to rival French champagne, as Pirie Late Disgorged 2011 was named New World’s Best Sparkling Wine at the 2023 Global Fine Wine Challenge. (Credit: Pirie & Devil’s Corner)

3. Luxury stays and cultural sights

In the heart of Hobart, there is an abundance of deluxe accommodation options that encourage travellers to explore the city on foot. The Tasman, for instance, is a short walk between the city, the waterfront and the outdoor Salamanca Market.  

“Salamanca and the Sullivan’s Cove area with [its] old sandstone buildings is a vibrant area to walk around,” Wallace says. “It has so much history alongside a lot of great bars and restaurants.”  

For a day trip, the winemaker recommends catching a ferry up the Derwent River. “It’s a fantastic trip in itself, but you can use this as transport to visit MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), where you can see some amazing and unique art plus some great food, wine and beer options.” 

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