Redlands Estate is an historic farm located in Glenora about 35 mins from Hobart, or 8 minutes from the historic antique town of New Norfolk.
Established in 1819, Redlands was granted to George Frederick Read, the outcast son of King George IV of England. Read saw the potential of the fertile soils of the area, the use of Convict labour along with the Colony’s first gravity irrigation system to develop some of the most productive land in the area.
During the 1860s Redlands became one of Australia’s largest hop farms which brought over 200 workers and their families to the farm prompting the need for the property to develop its own cobblestone village including a shop, butcher, bakery and bell tower. The farm also operated a dairy farm, apple orchard and wool farm.
The property has been developed into a tourist attraction complete with its own Single malt whiskey distillery. A “paddock to bottle” enterprise they have even established a “provenance tracker” where people will get a mini history of the whisky with every bottle purchased telling them everything about the farming and making of the whiskey. There is also a 30 minute distillery tour for $15 per person and a tasting room to sample some of the goods.
Redlands also offers garden tours to visitors which includes meandering through the 1820s orchard, a river walk where platypus play and a stroll along water sluices established back in 1841.
There is an on site bakery dating back to 1822 that is now being used to their own special sourdough bread along with a fully licenced bar in the Whiskey Stable, where people can do a whiskey tasting or have a coffee and something to eat either there or in a café they also have on premises.
Redlands Estate offers accommodation in a self contained three-bedroom cottage and various parts of the property can be hired for weddings, corporate functions etc.
For more information go to their website at http://www.redlandsestate.com.au/index.html