There is a burgeoning cottage industry in Tasmania and Wilmot Hills Vineyard & Orchard where the wines and ciders are grown , created and bottled on site is a great example of this. Due to a glitch with the video (not the operator of course) unable to bring you our chat with John Cole but was really impressed with this particular cottage industry and the innovative way in which John has set up his production area from equipment acquired and adapted over the years to suit their specific needs. Inland from Devonport on the North West Coast Wilmot is known as the Valley of Views which says it all really. Set in a truly beautiful rural setting with views to Black Bluff , John & Ruth Cole produce a range of table wines Pinot Noir, Traminer and a Gamay (the grape variety that the well known Beaujolais is made from). Johns version is a well structured fruit driven wine. There has been a steady increase in popularity of fruit wines in Tassie . An eclectic range of award winning fruit wines which include a raspberry, blackberry, elderberry and a cherry wine which are made by Ruth add another dimension to the winery. The couple are looking forward to adding a sparkling cider to their portfolio. Fruit is grown on site. To top it off spirits are also produced on site so there is Grappa, Kirsch, Schnapps , Apple Brandy and Basilico. Well worth a trip off the beaten track up Gentle Annie Hill to visit and chat with this inspiring couple who are living their dream . John is also a dab hand at creating his own labels.
Have you tried any fruit wines?