Spend the day at Moorilla Estate for a unique Tasmanian winery experience that includes world-class art. You’ll start with a ferry ride from Hobart to the winery, followed by admission to MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art), known as much for its underground labyrinth-like architecture as for its art collection. Then enjoy a charcuterie plate and a winery tour, which includes up to 10 wine samples. If you’re into wine or culture, don’t miss this chance to find out why Moorilla continues to make ‘best of’ lists since it opened in 2011.
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This might be the most eye-popping of Australia's 'Ultimate Winery Experiences,' which is a collection of in-depth visits to estates and vineyards for world-class wines and cuisine with warm and knowledgeable hospitality.
Your tour starts at the MONA Ferry Terminal in Hobart for the 30-minute ferry ride along the River Derwent to Moorilla Estate (when booking, select a ferry departure time, which determines how long you’ll be at the estate). During the ride, take in the custom-designed ferry’s interesting interior touches, from a cow sculpture to seats shaped like sheep.
When you arrive, meet a museum staff member, who tells you a bit about MONA, owned by Tasmanian billionaire David Walsh. Home to art and artifacts from Walsh’s private collection, the museum boasts a variety of items, from Greek coins to Egyptian mummies to daring modern art. Just as noteworthy is the design of MONA itself, an architectural stunner built mostly underground with 64,550 square feet (6,000 square meters) of exhibition space laid out like a labyrinth, which you can explore at your leisure.
Next, head to the Moorilla Wine Bar, where you can watch winemakers at work while enjoying a charcuterie plate (or a seasonal vegetarian option) and fresh bread, paired with Moorilla's Muse or Praxis wine. Then set off on your winery tour, where you’ll go behind the scenes of the operation and admire some of the oldest vineyards in Tasmania. Hear about the boutique cool-climate wines produced here, and sample up to 10 varietals during a tasting session with your knowledgeable host, who shares some of the winery’s history.
When your time at Moorilla is up, catch the 5pm return ferry to Hobart.