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15 Places To Find The Best Tasmanian Produce In The Derwent Valley

We know how lucky we have it in the Derwent Valley. Our land is home to some of Tasmania’s most passionate and caring primary producers. Not to mention, the produce is some of the most delicious in the world. We reckon it’s because things here are that little bit brighter, taller, deeper, fresher and sweeter in the Derwent Valley. From farmland, to vineyards and orchards – we have it in abundance here in ‘The Valley’. Here are 14 restaurants, cooking schools, orchards, wineries, distilleries and markets where you will find the best produce Tasmania has to offer.

Restaurants & Cafes

1. Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

Set in a historic building that used to be the old Willow Court Mental Asylum, Agrarian Kitchen Eatery is trickled with natural light and styled in an understated, yet modern way to help relax you for your grazing ahead. The service here is attentive and knowledgeable; while the food is simple and wonderful. Of course, it goes without saying that all produce is sourced locally with its ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy. Quite frankly, it will be the best food you’ve ever eaten. This can be confirmed by its recent ‘two hats’ victory and being recommended by Delicious Magazine in 2020.

Image credit: The Agrarian Kitchen

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store
https://www.theagrariankitchen.com

Cooking Schools

2. Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School

Spend the day being guided through the forever changing seasonal menu by the chef and owner of Agrarian Kitchen Eatery himself, Rodney. It is the little things that will make your experience here – like the friendly and relaxed environment, the little pieces of know-how imparted to you by Rodney, light-hearted laughs with your classmates, and of course, being able to sample the delicious produce you create.Visit their website.

3. Sally Wise Cooking School, Molesworth

Wise in name and wise in nature – Sally Wise is something of an institution here in Tasmania. She has been writing cookbooks, offering advice and conducting cooking classes for decades. Sally’s cooking school is at her rural property in Molesworth and will provide you with a full tummy, happy heart and a masterclass in home cooking wisdom.

Check Sally’s website for cooking class dates.

Sally Wise Cooking School
https://sallywise.com.au

Orchards

4. Westerway Berry Farm

It’s always a berry good idea to start your day berry picking. The Westerway Berry Farm is the place to go and pick you own delicious seasonal berries like raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and red currents. Or, grab yourself a coffee and buy your berries pre-packed and ready to go from their café. Find Westerway Berry Farm en route to Mount Field National Park, from New Norfolk.

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Westerway Berry Farm
https://www.lanoma.com.au

5 Cherries, cherries and more cherries - all over the Derwent Valley.

Glossy, plump cherries are the quintessential Australian summer fruit and you’ll find these in abundance in the Derwent Valley. Our climate here allows for a gentle growing period and therefore fruit can ripen slowly. We also proudly use a lower level of chemicals due to the area being free of a number of pests and diseases.

Find delicious cherries in the Derwent Valley here:

6. Meadowbank

Derwent Valley has a similar cool climate to the rest of Tasmania. Mountains to the west offer protection from the prevailing westerly weather systems, leaving the valley a calm, sunny area with cool evenings.

Meadowbank’s vines were first planted in the 1970’s and today Meadowbank is regarded as one of the best sites for quality Resiling, Chardonnay, Gamay, Harvest Sparkling and Pinot Noir. Currently partnering with Peter Dredge, the Meadowbank label continues to go from strength to strength recently scooping the 2017 Young Gun of Wine People’s Choice Award and a range or flowing reviews from the critics. Visit their website.

Where: Wines can be purchased direct from their website, from local restaurants and bars, or you can arrange a private tasting from Hobart arriving in style by river with Above and Beyond.

When: All year-round.

Meadowbank
https://meadowbank.com.au

7. Stefano Lubiana

Steve Lubiana is a fifth generation wine maker, who alongside his wife, carved out a niche in the Tasmanian wine industry upon the opening of their property in 1990. The vineyard wraps itself around the picturesque foothills of the River Derwent Estuary. Come for a tasting, stay for the food. The Italian-inspired fresh, seasonal menu is based around what comes out of the property’s biodynamic garden and what can be baked in the wood-fired oven located adjacent to the cellar door. Visit their website.

Where: Granton, Derwent Valley Tasmania.

When: Osteria and Cellar Door 11 am – 4 pm, Wednesday to Sunday. May be closed some winter months.

Wines can be purchased direct from online store.

Stefano Lubiana
https://www.slw.com.au

8. Derwent Estate

Perched on the north-facing slopes which run down to the River Derwent, the vineyard has a perfect aspect for the production of cool-climate wines. The cellar door is located within their original farm house built in the early 1900’s and the tasting room is quite rustic, yet their wines are reasonably priced, fresh and energetic. Visit their website.

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Where: Granton, Derwent Valley Tasmania.

When: 10 am to 5 pm, daily.

Derwent Estate
https://www.derwentestate.com.au

9. Lawrenny Estate - Gin

If you like supporting small brands and uncovering little known gems then Lawrenny Estate won’t disappoint. Located near the upper Derwent Valley town of Ouse, the Mace family have begun their dream business to offer a true paddock to bottle distillery. While the Estate Whisky is being produced from barley grown in the fields, malted in-house then brewed, distilled, barreled and matured onsite. Lawrenny Estate has three current products to taste and purchase – Lawrenny Van Diemen’s gin with fresh citrus, fennel and vanilla, the high strength 1818 settlers gin and the Saint Clair Vodka, a contemporary vodka incorporating a small batch distillation of roses, lemon and thyme. Visit their website.

Image credit: Lawrenny Estate

Where: Ouse, Derwent Valley Tasmania.

When: 10 am to 4 pm, 7 days for direct sales. Purchase online at Lawrenny.com

Lawrenny Estate
https://www.lawrenny.com

10. Nant Distillery - Whisky

Nant Estate sits higher in altitude than many traditional Scottish distilleries. The historic town of Bothwell is the regal home of one of the top whiskies in the world.
Visit their website.

Where: Bothwell Tasmania.

When: The Atrium Restaurant and Cellar Door is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm and tours can be arranged by appointment only.

Nant Distillery
https://nant.com.au

11. New Norfolk Distillery - Rum

Derwent Valley local, Tarrant Derksen’s vision is to reinvigorate and nurture the love for rum. Although the contemporary distillery is yet to be established at New Norfolk’s Willow Court, it will be the first dedicated Tasmanian rum distillery in over 200 years. Their Near Horizon Spiced rum and Misty Valley Silver Spirit can be sampled at the New Norfolk Market most Saturdays between 8 am to 1 pm Visit their website.

Hops

12. Hop Products Australia, Bushy Park

You may or may not know, but The Derwent Valley is very famous for its hops. Tasmanian-grown hops are actually used to flavour beer in almost every European country, with only 40% of our hops being used for domestic demand. You can learn more about the history of Tasmanian hops at the Bushy Park Hall Hops Museum. Or, try a local ale hand-pumped from 2MT Brewery in Hayes (check website for opening hours), stop by the new Welcome Swallow and Eleventh Order Brewery, New Norfolk.

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Markets

13. Banjo's New Norfolk Market, New Norfolk

On Saturday morning, High Street in New Norfolk turns into a bustling hub of activity between 8 am to 2 pm. With almost 100 local stallholders who travel from around the corner or afar, the market is a treasure trove of local produce, multicultural food vendors, arts and crafts.

Banjo’s New Norfolk Market
https://newnorfolkmarket.com.au

14. Lachlan Twilight Market

During the summer, Lachlan growers, makers, shakers, bakers and creators unite at the Lachlan Community Hall.

Lachlan Community Hall & News Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Lachlan-Community-Hall-News-795336557512515

15. New Norfolk Community Garden

This fantastic community garden provides fresh, in-season produce, and can be found along a walking track by the Lachlan River. Accessible to the public from Monday to Thursday 9:30 am to 2:30, and Friday from 9:30 to 12 noon – grab yourself some delicious local produce to cook up a storm.

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It’s safe to say delicious produce is certainly abundant in our part of the state. So, book yourself a trip and graze your way around the Derwent Valley – you won’t be sorry.

Be sure to share your experiences touring around our region by tagging @Derwent Valley Tasmania on Facebook or Instagram, or by using #DerwentValleyTasmania and #UnquestionablyDerwentValley. 

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