Frogmore Creek has become synonymous with cool climate Tasmanian wine. The winery has also established a fine name for itself as an amazing restaurant, a great wine tasting venue and an amazing wedding venue.
If you had never heard of Frogmore Creek, you would quickly become acquainted with the stunning winery on your drive to Richmond. Sitting on a gentle slope on the water side of the road facing out over Pittwater, it’ll grab your attention. As the largest premium winery in southern Tasmania, there’s an expansive vineyard leading towards the water. There’s a large rustic yet modern building with floor to wall windows for uninterrupted views of the vines and water.
The grounds surrounding Frogmore Creek include luscious and immaculately kept gardens, with outdoor dining areas and a few old fashioned wine barrels for you to lean up against and enjoy the view over a glass of wine.
A Fresh Dining Experience
In here you’ll find a restaurant with a barrel room theme. This includes high ceilings, timber walls and the odd barrel in sight. The artwork depicts the history of winemaking in Tasmania, and compliments the property perfectly.
The restaurant serves modern cuisine with fresh, seasonal local produce. Tasmania is known for it’s seafood and the menu features some of the best Oysters, Scallops, Blue Eye, Octopus and Salmon.
The organic farming practices also produce some of the best meats. Try the Flinders Island Wallaby, Beef Carpaccio, Pork Belly and eighteen hour braised Beef Brisket.
Leave room for dessert, as this is one you won’t forget in a hurry. Try the pancakes, they’re a replica of the gooey poached eggs you would normally eat for breakfast! The eggs have a coconut and passionfruit flavour, with runny mango yolk!
So it’s fair to say that the Frogmore Creek restaurant is pretty good, with many esteemed taste buds agreeing with us. In 2018 Frogmore Creek was awarded the ‘Best Restaurant for Regional Australia’, by the Australian Hospitality Association. The restaurant was also awarded the ‘Best Stand Alone Restaurant’ by the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.
If you’re also visiting Hobart, you’ll also find that Frogmore Creek has ‘The Lounge Restaurant’. This is a classy venue located on the waterfront area on Kings wharf in the recently developed Macq01 building.
Fly, Land and Lunch – Why Not?
Those seeking to include a fine winery lunch in their sightseeing can book a ‘Fly, Land and Lunch’ package. This involves a scenic helicopter flight which starts at Cambridge and flies over the Derwent River, Hobart and Mount Wellington, taking in the beautiful trees, cliff-faces and stunning views. The flight then heads north towards MONA and then east to the Coal River Valley. The helicopter then lands at Frogmore Creek, where passengers are treated to lunch and wine. After lunch, passengers then jump back in the helicopter and are taken back to their hotel.
Read more about the Hobart City Scenic & Frogmore Creek Lunch.
And Of Course, The Wines
As the largest premium winery in southern Tasmania, Frogmore Creek have developed a reputation for some of the best cool climate white wines, reds and sparkling varieties. These are genuine cool climate wines, which develop greater fruit flavours and acidity due to the longer growing season which lets the wines ripen slowly.
The mastermind behind these wines is senior winemaker Alain Rosseau. Alain is from France and combines years of French training and experience with many years of working in Tasmania producing fine cool climate wines. One of his great skills is being able to draw magnificent flavours from the grapes with very little intervention. His wines pair well with food and age well, as you’ll notice in the limited release ranges.
The winery produces four ranges of wines, all high quality products which do the vineyard and the state proud.
The self titled Frogmore Creek wine range includes a Sauvignon Blanc (named Fume Blanc,) several Pinot Noirs, Sparkling Cuvee, Chardonnay, and several Rieslings. If your lucky you might be able to snatch up a bottle from the Museum Collection – the 2003 Pinot Noir. This is part of a very limited release and retails at $230.
The Winemakers Reserve is a relatively new range, being introduced in 2017. These wines comprise of the very best grapes from five varieties which have been put aside to create something special. The winemakers have used special techniques including multiple yeast strains and different types of oaks, as well as being given time to age and develop mature flavours. If you’re looking to give someone a truly memorable gift, give them the 2011 Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir Magnum.
The Single Block Series features a boutique range of red wines. These different than the lighter-drinking Pinot Noirs in the Frogmore Creek range, with a Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Shiraz and Gamay.
The 42 Degrees South range has become one of their highest selling wines and is popular throughout Australia. It showcases the best that Tasmanian wines has to offer with what Frogmore Creek who are proud to say they ‘”let the fruit do the work”. This range includes popular varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and Sparkling Rose. These are a great wine to drink while entertaining friends.
Drop in to the Cellar Door, which is open between 10am and 5pm daily. Wine tastings are $5 per person which is refundable when a purchase is made (it’ll be hard to say no to these beautiful wines.
Weddings at Frogmore Creek
Frogmore Creek is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Ceremonies can be conducted by a celebrant on the amphitheatre after 5pm. This provides beautiful views of the vineyard, water and the Coal River Valley.
Wedding receptions can be held in the Barrel Room which opens out onto a large outdoor terrace. This area is picturesque with a rustic, yet modern feel. And of course you know that the wine and food is going to be sensational!
Address: 20 Denholms Rd, Cambridge TAS 7170
Open hours: Cellar Door: 10am – 5pm daily
Restaurant: 11.30am – 3PM
Phone: (03) 6274 5844