Farms

Open 23 and 24 November 2019


Farmers and producers from a selection of inviting locations in the Tamar Valley will open their gates for the weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November to share their stories and give you a real taste of life on a small working farm.

Find out what’s happening on Tasmania’s farms in springtime! Enjoy a tour of the farm, orchard or paddocks, meet the producers and hear their stories, find out more about what it’s like to run a small agri business in one of our produce heartlands – or just enjoy the magnificent landscapes and scenery!

The West Tamar Valley is blessed with wonderful soils and micro-climates, and small pockets of land which are perfect for growing Tasmania’s premium produce. We look forward to sharing this special part of the world and the wonderful lifestyle it offers with you!

Brady’s Lookout Cider

Visit a producer of small batch, hand crafted method traditionelle cider. Utilising traditional sparkling wine techniques and the flavour of heritage apples, our cider is refined and authentic.

The only Tasmanian Cider mill devoted to using the method traditionelle (Champagne method) to make sparkling ciders of excellence. 83 heritage apple varieties are grown on the property, some varieties date back to 1608.

Tours on the hour

Contact

Caroline and Chris Brown

Caro: 0431 010 300

9 Craythorne Road,

Rosevears 7277 TAS Australia.

Website

Brady’s Lookout Cider Facebook 

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Tours: Short 10-20mins and Prebooked 45mins. From 10am.

Grey Sands Vineyard

Grey sands wines are cellared prior to release and are some of the most exception cool climate wines in the region learn more from Rita and Bob on the tour.

The “collectors” garden is open all day to enjoy, BYO Picnic!

There is a wine tasting of 8 different wines as well as a guided tour of the fantastic garden.

Contact

Rita and Bob Richter
6 Kerrisons Road, Glengarry
03 6396 1167/ 0407 961 167
Tours: Short Tours. 10-20mins from 10am.
No dogs allowed please

Honey Tasmania - the Beehive

Honey Tasmania offers a welcoming shop where you can learn about bees (featuring two live display beehives), taste delicious raw honey and delight in local products highlighting honey and honeybees.

We have also opened our bee gardens to the public, where you can learn what to plant to help save the bees and enjoy watching the bees while they work.

Having the display beehives allows the public to have a look into a beehive and discover how bees work. We also offer tastes of over 12 distinct honeys, and because we have a liquor licence, we offer tastes (to adults) of honey mead and other alcohol.

Contact

Rebecca and Tristan Campbell

The Beehive

124 Main Road, Exeter

03 6331 9300 / 0438 570 719

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 Honey Tasmanian – The Beehive Facebook

EFTPOS available.

Tours: Short. 10-20mins from 10am.

Langdale Farm Pork

See hobby farming in full swing at Langdale Farm – not just a farm but also a food and agri-tourism business.

Oliver Stocker raises rare breed Berkshire and Wessex Saddleback pigs in a bush block on just a few acres, and makes premium bacon and sausages which the couple sell at award winning Harvest Launceston farmers’ market and through local fine-food providores. The farm has a place in the new sharing economy, offering tranquillity and a taste of real rural life in its comfortable guest accommodation. Meanwhile, Fiona Stocker is a local author writing about their endeavours, rural life and the food and tourism sector in Tasmania in her own books and in magazine features.

On the Day 

Take a tour of the farm with Oliver, meet the pigs and maybe even pat a piglet! See the smoker in action and learn about making your own sausages and bacon, building your own smoker, and curing and smoking your own meats and other products. Chat to Oliver and Fiona about their move to Tasmania and survival in a small regional farm and food business. And don’t forget to grab a delicious sausage in a roll from the barbecue, served with farm-made relish.

BBQ gourmet sausages in a roll with farm made relish for sale at the farm.

Contact

Oliver and Fiona Stocker

Langdale Farm

220 Glengarry Road, Glengarry

0404 095 590

Website 

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Tours: 30-40mins. Hourly from 10am.

Lavender House

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.

Visitors during the Farmgate Festival will have the opportunity to observe the manufacturing and processing areas, learn more about the benefits of herbal skincare and enjoy sampling of an extensive range of the true lavender and aromatherapy products.

Contact

Lavender House – The Perfumery

Contact Tony

32 Waterton Hall Rd, Rowella

(03) 6394 7559

Visit Lavender House on Facebook

EFTPOS is available.

Tours: Short Tours. 10-20mins from 10am.

Lentara Olive Grove

Lentara Grove is an olive grove 5 minutes north of Exeter,  producing award-winning extra virgin olive oil from olives lovingly grown on site by owners Martin and Sophie Grace. 

Lentara Grove has 700 mature olive trees and 800 young olive trees with an onsite processing plant,  it is one of Tasmania’s oldest olive groves, producing multi award-winning premium quality extra virgin olive oil, olive oil skincare, table olives and other gourmet olive products.  Martin and Sophie have also recently planted out the first commercial-scale pomegranate farm in the state.

Sales of all products will be available on the day – try for yourself to taste and feel the difference!

 

Contact

Martin and Sophie Grace

2670 West Tamar Highway, Exeter

0407 870 845

Website 

Lentara Grove Facebook

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Tours: 30-40mins. Hourly from 10am.

Muddy Creek Apples

Muddy Creek is a historic apple and pear orchard just outside Legana, now owned and run by Kym Shilton and Peter Farquhar, assisted by their three boys.

The perfect 130-acre property is bordered by Muddy Creek, which is much prettier than its name, and has views out to the Tamar River. It features heirloom apple varieties like Gravenstein, crofton, cox’s orange pippin, red delicious, fuji and lady in the snow along with six types of pear, including the original winter cole trees planted in 1915.

All continue to bear fruit, and this year will drop their 100th crop. Peter and Kym sell all their fruit direct from the apple shed on weekends from February to July, and supply the IGA in Exeter, and speciality produce store Alps&Amici in East Launceston.

Whilst the trees won’t be in fruit, there’s still plenty to see on the farm tour in November. It’s a beautiful time to be in the orchard with the bees, blossom and one of Tasmania’s only flocks of Shropshire sheep. And then there’s Peter’s cider, described as experimental – you’re welcome to request a taste.

BYO picnic in the orchard.

Contact

Kym Shilton and Peter Farquhar

23 Muddy Creek Road, Legana

0438 341 363

Find Muddy Creek Apples on Facebook

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Tours: Short. 10-20mins from 10am.

Petuna Seafood

Atlantic Salmon are farmed by Petuna Aquaculture in the tidal waters of the Tamar River at the their Rowella marine farm. Salmon have been farmed here since 2000, when four steel cages were installed. The farm now has 28 cages, accessible from platforms and linked to the shore by walkways. This makes it unique among aquaculture sites in the southern hemisphere. Farm employees can walk or if necessary drive onto the platforms, for feeding, cleaning, maintenance and harvesting, and all operations are possible without the use of boats.

The Rowella farm grows 2,800 tonnes of salmon per year and employs 25 people.

On the day

You must book in advance order to visit Petuna Seafood. Visitors will not be admitted on the day without a pre-booked ticket. There will be no ticket sales at the farm. Book here

Children aged 8 and over only permitted on tours, and must be supervised closely by an adult at all times.

We regret that tours are not suitable for pushchairs, or wheelchair access.

Please note that the marine farm will be operational during the festival and this will include the harvesting of fish, a mechanical process carried out with best practice and the welfare of fish uppermost in mind.

Contact

Petuna Seafood

627 Rowella Road

Rowella

03 6394 7733

Book your visit to Petuna Seafood through the Festival website.

Children must be aged 8 years and over, and supervised by an adult at all times. No dogs allowed.

TOURS: 10am, 12noon and 2pm. 60-90mins.

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Tamar Valley Hazelnuts

Walk through a hazelnut orchard and see baby nuts growing on the trees.

Learn how hazelnuts are grown – have a go at harvesting your own nuts using a vacuum harvester. Investigate the hazelnut processing facility and taste fresh raw and roasted hazelnut and chocolate hazelnut butter.

Be amazed at the taste difference when compared to imported nuts.

Not normally open to the public this family owned business is only one of a few in the country that produce fresh hazelnuts. This 5000 tree orchard and nursery has been in operation since 2010.

Contact

Carol Bracken

Tamar Valley Hazelnuts

43 Turkey Farm Road, Glengarry

0423 255 776

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Tamar Valley Hazelnuts Facebook

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TOURS: Hourly, 40-50mins from 10am.

Tamar Valley Pastured Eggs

A family run farm on the hills in Glengarry, our happy chickens are free to roam around in the pasture all day.

Come and see their mobile caravans and learn all about pastured egg farming and how three Queenslanders went from desk jobs to 500 + chickens!

Our chickens are some of the happiest in Tasmania and our mobile chicken caravans provide the ideal system to ensure they can be as chickens should be.

Contact

Tamar Valley Pastured Eggs

Katt Ferrero

16 Lamont Road, Glengarry

0419 731 573

Website

Tamar Valley Pastured Eggs Facebook

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Tours: 30-40mins. Hourly from 10am.

Tamar Valley Truffles

Tamar Valley Truffles is exquisitely located in a magnificent, sweeping valley just behind Launceston.

Around eight hectares are given over to some 3,000 stately oak trees planted in 2001, walk under these stately oak trees below which the truffles flourish.

Sample award winning truffle infused products and truffle flavoured dishes.

 

Contact

John Bailey

349 Ecclestone Road, Riverside

0417 112 655

Website 

Tamar Valley Truffles Facebook

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Village Olive Grove

The Village Olive Grove is within the tourist village of Grindelwald and overlooks the Tamar River. It contains 830, 13 year old trees on a 2.5 hectare property. It has consistently produced a high quality and award winning extra virgin olive oil.

Try the oil for yourself at the grove where it’s grown, see the trees in flower, and a demonstration of the harvesting equipment , and of course the natural tranquility and views of the Tamar estuary.

 

Contact

Allen Baird
26 Skyline Avenue, Grindelwald
0438 301 731
Short Tours

Waterton Hall Wines

Waterton Hall Wines is based in a magnificent 1850’s homestead, Waterton Hall. This is an astonishing property, set in a stunning location at Rowella.  History meets contemporary here in style!

The Hall, historic outbuildings and surrounding vineyards enjoy sweeping views of the Tamar River, Northern Tasmania. The pristine river banks and cool climate of 41 degrees south, allow an elegance and finesse from this hand-picked, single vineyard.

Waterton Hall is a passionate family-owned business. You will love meeting the personalities behind Waterton Hall Wines who pursue excellence from soil care right through to the beautifully designed label on the bottle. Make sure you ask about the story behind it!

Your visit to Waterton will include seeing the Riesling, Viognier (unique to Tasmania!) and Shiraz (rare in Tasmania!) varieties of grapes which are set amongst stunning scenery and astonishing buildings that will take your breath away. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tastings with matching food. Riesling with smoked nuts, Shiraz with cheese biscuits and Viognier with strawberries. Delightful!

For wine gurus please note the 12 noon tour will be specially focused on the grape growing, vineyard management and processes.

Contact

Waterton Hall Wines

Dr Susan Shannon

61 Waterton Hall Road, Rowella

0417 834 781

Visit Waterton Hall on Facebook

EFTPOS is available.

Tours: 30-40mins. Hourly from 10am.

Wilmore’s Bluff

This spectacular property on the banks of the Tamar is home to Corma sheep from the highlands of Tasmania.

Tour the farm and marvel at the amazing views. A typical shearer’s morning tea will be available in our historic apple shed converted to a shearing shed.

See fantastic views, sheep, wool bales, wool classing, and the shearing shed. An extended tour is available at 2pm that will run for 60 minutes and take a tour of the paddocks. Bridgenorth Berries jams will be available for sale.

Cormo sheep are a Tasmanian breed. There are also first and second cross sheep and lambs. The focus of the farm is on both wool and fat lambs.

Contact

Mandy Cooper

37 Blackwood Hills Road, Rowella

0428 250 930

Wilmores Bluff Facebook

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Winter Brook Vineyard

Winter Brook Vineyard is nestled on the rolling hills of Loira in the centre of the Tamar Valley. The boutique vineyard specialises in both wine and cider, producing grapes and apples on the property. Winter Brook are proud be the sole grower of the Blaufränkisch and Dornfelder variety of red grape. Other grapes grown include the classic red, Pinot Noir and white varieties including Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The orchard is home to Golden Delicious, Frederick, Cox Orange Pippin and Kingston Black apple varieties.

The excitement, passion & hard work continues during the wine making process as Winter Brook turn their freshly grown grapes and apples into cool climate wines and ciders. The end result of this unique and genuine experience can be found in their rustic tasting room where you may sample the final products. With so much love given across their product range you will surely identify multiple stand outs.

The property is dog friendly and visitors are encouraged to utilise shaded picnic tables and stunning views with BYO picnics. As a final quirk of your visit, talk to Frank and Nicole about their snail farm.

Contact

Nicole Morssink

150 Hjorts Rd, Loira

(03) 6394 7071

Visit Winter Brook Vineyard on Facebook

EFTPOS Available.

Tours: Short Tours. 10-20mins from 10am.