Farms


Farmgate Festival is that rare opportunity when farmers and producers in the West Tamar Valley open their gates to share their stories and give you a real taste of life on a small working farm.

Enjoy a tour of the farm, orchard or paddocks and find out what it’s like to run a small agri-business in one of Tasmania’s produce heartlands.

We look forward to sharing this special part of the world and the wonderful lifestyle it offers. 

Brady’s Lookout Cider

A picturesque orchard high on the sloping Tamar riverbanks, planted with over eighty-five heritage apple varieties, some dating back to 1608.

The orchard is nurtured using organic principles, by owners Caro and Chris Brown, with the apples used to produce small batch Methode Traditionelle sparkling ciders of the finest quality. Brady’s is the only cider mill in Tasmania to use this traditional sparkling wine technique, combined with the flavour of heritage apples, the resulting cider is refined and authentic.

The Brady’s Lookout cider mill is on site, at the brand new cellar door.

Contact

Brady’s Lookout Cider

Caroline and Chris Brown

0431 010 300

9 Craythorne Road, Rosevears

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Tours Hourly (30-40 mins)

Lavender House – The Perfumery

Located in the small town of Rowella, Lavender House was established in 1991 and is inspired by a passion for lavender and the natural therapeutic values of herbs as simple natural remedies. The heart of the business is the bright Perfumery building where products are made on site.

You will have access to visit the gallery, distillery and observe the processes behind onsite manufacturing. The gift shop is open for purchases with samples that will delight your senses.

Contact

Lavender House – The Perfumery

Tony Cox

32 Waterton Hall Rd, Rowella

03 6394 7559

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Short Tours (10 – 20 mins)

Lentara Grove Olives

One of Tasmania’s oldest olive groves with almost two thousand mature olive trees and young olive trees, and a state-of-the-art pressing and processing shed on-site.

Owners Martin and Sophie Grace produce award-winning extra virgin oils and a range of dukkah, tapenade, table olives and also sumptuous skincare products.

Lentara is now the state’s first commercial scale pomegranate farm, with a small orchard recently planted.

Enjoy a tour of the farm, samples and sales of all products.

Contact

Lentara Grove

Martin and Sophie Grace

2670 West Tamar Highway, Exeter

0407 870 845

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Tours Hourly (30 – 40 mins)

Marions Vineyard

Once an impenetrable block of bush and rock, Marion’s is now one of the Tamar’s oldest established vineyards with magnificent views over the Tamar and winery on site.

Second generation winemakers Cynthea Semmens and David Feldheim are gradually integrating organic and biodynamic principles into the vineyard, olive grove and market gardens. In 2018, Cynthea was awarded the Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Award, and travelled to New Zealand for a study tour of organic and biodynamic vineyard management practices.

Join them for a tour and stay for a platter, wine tastings and produce samples.

Contact

Cynthea Semmens and David Feldheim

335 Deviot Road, Deviot

0418 379 548

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HOURLY TOURS from 10am (30-40 mins)

 

Tamar Valley Truffles

A magnificent farm and leading producer of black perigord truffles, Tamar Valley Truffles is located in a sweeping valley just behind Launceston.

Around eight hectares are given over to some three thousand stately oak trees planted in 2001. Join a tour through the orchard where the truffles flourish and hear about the growth habits of this mysterious culinary delight.

Finish your tour with samples of award winning truffle infused products and truffle flavoured dishes.

 

Contact

Tamar Valley Truffles

Marcus Jessup

349 Ecclestone Road, Riverside

0417 112 655

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Hourly Tours (30-40 mins)

Tascargot

Your chance to visit the first and only snail farm in the Tamar Valley, which happens to be at a premium boutique vineyard.

Join owners Nicole and Frank for a day on the sunny north-facing slopes and learn everything there is to know about escargots. 

Have a nibble on the side with a glass of wine in the vineyards and a look behind the scenes in the winery too.

 

Contact

Tascargot

Nicole Morssink

150 Hjorts Rd, Loira

0413 183 547

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Hourly Tours (30 – 40 mins)

Village Olive Grove

A picturesque olive grove consistently producing top quality, award winning oil.

Take a walking tour of this grove of over eight hundred trees in flower and bud, and see a demonstration of harvesting techniques.

Sample the oil, olives and dukkah and learn more about running small scale olive oil production from owners Allen and Barbara Baird.

 

 

 

Contact

Village Olive Grove

Allen Baird

26 Skyline Avenue, Grindelwald

0438 301 731

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Short Tours (10-20 mins)

Waterton Hall

Family-owned vineyard estate producing award winning wines from vines of Shiraz, Riesling and Viognier.

The sixty acre estate is well known in the region for its historic significance, home to the magnificent Georgian hall, fully restored convict built barn with shingle roof, and schoolhouse. The picturesque boathouse on the river’s edge is everyone’s favourite spot. 

With no cellar door at the hall, visiting is usually by appointment only. The Farmgate weekend is a rare opportunity for a walking, talking historic tour or gardens and buildings with glass in hand.

As Waterton Hall does not have a cellar door there is normally no access to the property and makes this a unique opportunity to tour the historical garden and buildings.

 

Contact

Waterton Hall Wines

Dr Susan Shannon

61 Waterton Hall Road, Rowella

0417 834 781

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Tours Hourly (45 Mins)

Wilmore’s Bluff

This magnificent farm on the banks of the Tamar River at Rowella is home to one thousand crossbred ewes and one hundred head of cattle.

Join a tour through the historic apple shed, now converted to a shearing shed and learn about wool classing and baling. Then it’s out to the pens and paddocks beyond and a chance to get closer to some farm livestock.

Fleece suitable for spinning will be available for purchase on the festival weekend.

Contact

Wilmore’s Bluff

Mandy and Carl Cooper

37 Blackwood Hills Road, Rowella

0428 250 930

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TOURS HOURLY from 10am (30-40 mins)