One Tassie Tour company that is really putting the focus of their tours on all the fantastic things this State has to offer – wine, food and art – is Boutique Wine Tours Tasmania. I spoke to owner/operator David Jones about what they have to offer the discerning traveller.
Q: How long has Boutique Wine Tours Tasmania been running and how did it come about?
A: Boutique Wine Tours Tasmanian first launched in January 2011 to correspond with the opening of MONA. We had been considering various small business options for some time but the logical step was to start a Tourism business as we realised that there was a “gap” in the market place for a wine tour business. It then made total sense to combine our love for Tasmania and wine into a business opportunity.
Q: It is not just wineries that you focus on is it? What can people expect to do/visit on one of your tours?
A: Along with a focus on Tasmanian wine and produce we incorporate a historical element via our Richmond Tours and an art component via our MONA tours. So if wine isn’t your first love then our tours offer something for most visitors to Tasmania.
Q: What is your most popular tour?
A: Our most popular tour is Wine at the weekend – This tour takes you to the historic Richmond village and local vineyards. Richmond has some of the oldest colonial buildings in Australia including the famous Richmond Bridge and Gaol which predates the better know Port Arthur. It contains many boutique shops and is a great place for coffee or a meal. The rest of the day is spent visiting premium vineyards in the Coal River Valley including cellar door wine-tasting and a visit to Wicked Cheese for cheese sampling as well.
This tour departs Saturday and Sunday at midday and is designed to give visitors time to explore Hobart’s famous Salamanca Markets (open from 8:30am) on a Saturday morning or a more relaxed start to your casual Sunday.
Q: Can people come to you with their own suggestions?
A: Yes, in addition to our regular scheduled tours we offer private touring options and small group charters. We can then design a tour to suit their specific needs. Still, we like to focus on the Coal River Valley, The Huon Valley, Richmond, Wineries and MONA.
Q: How can people book a tour and what are the minimum/maximum numbers?
A: We go out with a minimum of 2 guests, maximum of 13 guests. If people go to our website: Boutique Wine Tours Tasmania they will find information on all the tours we have, costs and detailed information about tour inclusions.
So it doesn’t matter if you are visiting the State, are a local, or entertaining guests, Boutique Wine Tours Tasmania has something to suit everyone. These tours would make a great gift, work function, birthday celebration etc. Why not let someone else do the driving while you sample the best of what Tassie has to offer!
Links to Boutique Wine Tours Tasmania can also be found on the Fab-Finds page.
PS. Thanks to Boutique Wine Tours Tasmania for the photographs.