Sipping sparkling wine among rolling green hills is hard to beat on a sunny afternoon. I know this because I spent one at Barringwood Estate, a vineyard close to the town of Sheffield which is 23 kilometers inland from Devonport on the north west coast of Tasmania.
As we arrived, a steady stream of cars passed by–a sign that the brunch crowd was making way for lunchtime diners.
The popular cafe–with its charming French doors that open onto a veranda and a perfectly framed landscape–is called The Tuckshop.
The lunchtime menu consists of light meals from which I chose the spinach flan with side salad and house relish. The flan was complemented by a glass (or two) of Tasmanian Cuvee, a sparkling wine.
The Cuvee tasted pleasantly tangy, no doubt due to the locally grown grapes. The vineyard also has a vintage sparkling and a choice of red and white wines.
Tasmanian wineries are increasingly popular with local and international visitors and Barringwood Estate offers a truly unique experience.
The view is spectacular, the staff are friendly and the music, a selection of Spotify tracks from the 50s to now, will suit all age groups.
For those seeking a stopover on the way to or from Cradle Mountain, or an afternoon catching up with friends, Barringwood Estate is definitely worth a visit.
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