The biodynamically operated cellars of the Lubiana family echo their Italian heritage wherever you look. There are legs of ham hanging in the cellar, homemade grappa sharing the shelves with wines and now an osteria serving rustic Italian fare. The newly built osteria has an intentional old, traditional wooden look to transfer you into a casual eatery in Italy. It invites you to enjoy the sun outdoors while overlooking the downhill rolling vineyards or cozying up by the massive stone fitted fireplace inside. Colorful handpainted pottery hangs on the walls and a wood-carved coat hanger takes the role of a messenger whispering to your ear: ‘Welcome and linger just for a bit longer’.
The Italians cannot leave their country without packing along their heritage, skill and mainly the passion that is the most attractive about them.
Their Riesling was aged in the amphoras so it expresses the “untamed ness” of a natural wine. As we tasted the 2014 vintage of a still crisp Pinot Gris (alas Pinot Grigio) made like in their family’s Italian region of Friuli, often preferring longer contact with the skin during fermentation, we found our favourite in this deep coloured and expressive wine. At Stefano Lubiana also a dry sparkling wine (made by the Chamenoise method) as well as a range of Pinot Noirs are made, but their signature bottling remains the clean Collina Chardonnay. Italian style over the French oak is the outfit of choice for Collina.
Despite the reverence to Italy, Stefano Lubiana winery embraces the modern and pure landscape of Tasmania and lets the wines express their unique local character. The produce at the restaurant is also widely locally made.
✉ 60 Rowbottoms Rd, Granton 7030, Tasmania
☏ +61 (0)3 6263 7457
🕗 Thurs-Mon: 11am-4pm; Closed in July and Public holidays