Wine Centre

The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre is your one stop shop for Tasmania’s East Coast wine region, offering tastings and sales of 55 wines from 20 vineyards local vineyards between Orford to just north of St Helens, including many that do not have their own cellar doors.

Hosted Tastings

We have five varieties from five vineyards available to taste at a time.  Those on taste are also available by the glass.The tasting is $8 per person.  We pour and tell the story of the vineyard in question.  Further information is available on signs in our Wine Bays. We have tasting notes from each of the vineyards, and we encourage patrons to talk to the vineyards for more detailed information.

Purchase and post

When you decide which wines are your favourites, you can make up mixed cases and post them home so you don’t have to risk breakage and excess baggage – there’s a licensed post office right here in The Farm Shed.

The Post Office is open 10-4, Monday to Friday – but if you’re here outside those hours, never fear – we will complete your order and post it for you the next working day.

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East Coast Wine Region

Grape vines were first planted on Tasmania’s East Coast more than 180 years ago.
In 1833 an early Falmouth settler, William ‘Dollar’ Steel established a small vineyard at his farm. Unfortunately he drowned soon after but his son tended the vineyard which was flourishing nearly twenty years later.

Around 1880 Swansea farmers were reportedly making wine and selling it in Hobart.
Half a century later, a chance visit to the old convict settlement of Darlington on Maria Island, convinced flamboyant silk merchant Angelo Bernacchi of its suitability to plant vineyards there. A most ambitious experiment in Tasmanian viticulture history! By 1886 he claimed to have 40 acres under vines in two vineyards, with more than 50,000 vines either planted out or in his nursery. Poor site selection and low yields frustrated his best efforts so a year later he was back in England.

A gambler by nature, many contemporaries saw him as a charlatan, exploiting a gullible government with promises of economic investment and growth that he could not keep, but more recently the historian, Tony Walker, has challenged that verdict, instead claiming Bernacchi as a man ahead of his time, as an enthusiastic promoter of East Coast
wine who, with better luck and planning, could have reshaped the Tasmanian wine industry.

The origins of the modern industry date from the plantings at Bream Creek by Bob Menary, with support from Claudio Alcorso (Moorilla /now MONA) in 1972, followed in 1979 by John Austwick’s Craigie Knowe vineyard near Cranbrook and Geoff and Susan Bull
at Freycinet Vineyard the same year.

East Coast vineyards featured at The Farm Shed

East Coast Wine Region Map