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TThe refreshingly unconventional Brook eld Vineyard sits by the Channel
Highway near Margate and is in some way a re ection of the personality
of its owners, Peter and Helen Lindsay.
Unconventional is a mighty word. Confer it on a person and it gives
them wings, allows them to y out of whatever box society is trying to
stu them into. Like the soaring Jonathon Livingston Seagull, Peter and
Helen clearly own ne sets of wings.
The Brook eld Vineyard doesn't have a cellar door. The community-
minded Lindsays don't even sell their wines in any retail outlets. The only
place you can buy their pinot noir and chardonnay is in the restaurant
the couple runs in a captivating heritage-listed building, built in 1930,
barely a table's width from rows of their grapes.
Whether people come to Brook eld to sample the wine or the food isn't
at rst obvious.
What is most apparent is the staggeringly massive e ort, in time and
dollars, that has gone into resuscitating the once close-to-death shed.
The Lindsays bought this wonderously handsome structure in 1994.
That the commercial kitchen was only added in 2006 is one indicator of
the e orts they have put into this three storey timber artefact.
Live music is a regular feature of the Brook eld experience. Helen's music
tastes range wide - she hosts a weekly show on local radio - and there are
gigs every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Come for the meal. Or the music. Or the wine. For those who can't bring
themselves to drink pinot or chardonnay, other wines are available.
Brook eld Vineyard is open seven days a week.
Log on to www.brook eldvineyard.com to discover more.
The Huon Trail brochure is in its eleve
comprehensive listing of operators a
Hobart, as well as a detailed touring map for visitors. For the rst time the
brochure includes information on the Huon Food Trail, the Cygnet Art Trail
(launched in November) and the Geeveston Circuit and Platypus Walk.
The Bruny Island Touring Map and G
Bruny tourism operators plotted on
times for the ferry from Kettering to Bruny are also included. If you're
travelling from Hobart, consider a stop at the Inverawe Native Gardens.
There are 7000 native plants, two thirds are Tasmanian.
STAY A WHILE:
Woodbridge must be one
of the most idyllic hamlets
in the state. All those
water views, an acclaimed
restaurant and yet it seems as
peaceful as a home without
the TV on. If you parachute
from mainland Australia into
Woodbridge you might never
believe this gem is just a 30-
minute drive from a capital
city. The Old Woodbridge
Rectory was built around
1900 and has been restored
to re ect its history without
compromising comfort. It's
now a bed and breakfast
but still has its views to the
Channel and Bruny Island
as well as two beautifully
appointed bedrooms. Rooms
start from $120 per night
per couple. It's cheaper for a
for more information.
WHERE TO EAT
Good food isn't just the preserve
of Brook eld Vineyard or those
places included on the Huon Food
Trail. The Bruny Island Hotel serves
up local oysters, seafood chowder
(at $15 it's big enough for a main
meal) and beef from Snug (the
steaks are $24.50). The relaxed
atmosphere comes, in part, from
the views over Satellite Island
towards the Tasmanian mainland.
According to one of the owners
Trish Lowry, repeat customers
have described the good honest
o erings here as ``the best
counter meals in Tassie.'' The place
lls up regularly.
Book ahead by calling 6293 1148
enth reprint and provides a
round the Huon Valley, just south of
Picture: Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania/Garry Moore
Guide includes a comprehensive list of
a detailed map of the island. Sailing
Picture: Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania/Richard Bennett
Picture: Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania/Joe Shemesh
True waterfront location among the yachts at the
Kettering Ferr y Terminal. Chef prepared lunch menu
11am-3pm. Snacks, cakes, Devonshire Teas and coffee
available all day. Open 7 days 8.30am-5.00pm.
The Visitor Centre is well stocked with information,
local produce and artefacts.
Book here for Rob Pennicott's award winning
Bruny Island Cruises.
79 Ferry Road, Kettering
Phone (03) 6267 4494
Bruny Island Cruises
Join Rob Pennicott's legendary team in the yellow
boats for the multi-award winning Bruny Island coastal
wilderness experience. Feel the power of the Southern
Ocean, wave-car ved sea stacks, remote islands, towering
cliffs and sea caves. Join the search for abundant sea and
coastal wildlife such as dolphins, seals and birdlife.
915 Adventure Bay Road, Bruny Island
Phone (03) 6293 1465
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Recent winner of a Silver Medal at the Hobart
International Wine Show for their 2009 Chardonnay.
Bruny Island Premium Wines have 2 hectares under vines
and their Cellar Door on the property at Lunawanna is
open for tastings of their 2008 and 2009 Pinot Noir,
Chardonnay and Savingnon Blanc.
4391 Main Road, Lunawanna, Bruny Island
Phone (03) 6293 1088 or 0409 973 033
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