Generally, family-run wineries are the norm in Tasmania, so the local slow-wine scene sparks with ideas. Some are down-to-earth while others use humour to connect with their customers. Puddleduck winery is set for a relaxed family outing with a reversed BYO picnic following the purchase of a bottle or two in the cellar. The ducks are everywhere. The yellow specimen hang out on the verandah of the cellar room, as you walk in the celadon duck sculpture assures the visitor of the seriousness of the owners penchant for this lovable bird and you can buy a floating duckling for your bath at home as a souvenir. Do not be misled by such a vanity, the wines are seriously good.
Families, in particular, are welcome to taste their wine, honey, cheese, jams and relishes, that are all locally made in Tasmania. The owners of the Puddleduck winery have children themselves so empathy with the families was natural to them. There is a playground for the kids, a pond for the ducks and wine for the above-the-drinking-age rest of the family. An ideal setting to casually enjoyable these limited bottles.
We tasted all the wines, but the 2013 vintage Bubbleduck sparkling wine made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by the methode Champenoise (second fermentation in the bottle) stood out. Perhaps to be as transparent as possible for their customers, this citrusy refreshment has a date of disgorgement, as well as time spent on the lees, noted on the bottle. Dry, fragrant and easy to enjoy on one occasion, this bubble beauty does not need a special occasion or perhaps just a weekend.
You cannot buy this and their other wines outside of the winery. Why? Simply, they sell out and many locals like to picnic (BYO in reverse=you bring food, but buy wine on the premises), enjoy the superb locally sourced cheese plate and the lovely setting that any wild duck would savor. Overlooking the pond with reeds stretching up towards the grass picnic area, some bring their mattress and hang out all day. The winery is only about half an hour drive from Hobart so fly in for a slow weekend spent in the vineyards.
✉ 992 Richmond Rd., Richmond 7025
☏ +61 (0)3 6260 2301
🕗 Open daily 10am-50; Closed on Good Friday & Christmas Day