Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Art & Wine in Tasmania: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Every visit to Tasmania should include drinking world-class Riesling and seeing amazing art. Thankfully, you can do both today.
Visit Tasmania's Museum of Old & New Art (MONA). This is Australia's largest privately-owned gallery and museum. You'll kick off your experience here exploring the subterranean galleries at your leisure. MONA showcases the diverse contemporary collection of its owner -- Tasmanian mogul David Walsh. On display you'll find everything from Egyptian funerary objects, to artworks by Damien Hirst, to a machine that mimics the human digestive system. As you wander, you'll form your own opinions about the much-loved installations as well as those that were designed to be provocative and downright controversial.
Next, head to the Moorilla Winery, perched on the banks of the River Derwent. When Claudio Alcorso planted the first vines at Moorilla in 1958, the Department of Agriculture said it was a "rubbish" idea, as apples and pears were the crop of the day. But Alcorso did it anyway, and the rest is history. Today, Moorilla is one of Tasmania's most forward-thinking and entrepreneurial wineries. Take a guided tour of Tasmania's second-oldest vineyard and the gravity-assisted winery. Set in the shadow of Mount Wellington's majestic snowcap, Moorilla is widely recognized for its stand-out Pinot Noirs, Rieslings and Chardonnays. It has a hip side, too -- Elvis Costello and the Violent Femmes have played concerts amid the estate's vines. Your tastebuds will go wild as you sample Moorilla's wines at the cellar door or underground in the barrel room. The amazing wines are enhanced by a long ripening process leading to a great flavor complexity. It's a complexity that is matched by the beauty of the location and the art you'll see along the journey.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat; wear sunscreen. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Corkage policy: Wine purchased on this tour is exempt from the on-board corkage fee (offer limited to one bottle of wine per person).