Head East from Hobart and take the Richmond exit from the highway and you will find a small piece of road with no less than seven wineries, two cheese factories, a chocolatier, a Peter Rabbit shop (with walkthrough garden), all before you reach the historic town of Richmond which is itself worth the short drive.
A true rough diamond of a winery is Everyman and His Dog run by Andy and Loretta and their Black Labrador Archie whose main duty seems to be asking visitors if they have finished with their food plates, which he does rather patiently. If you like a drink and want some local wisdom, this is the place to visit; over a relaxed wine tasting (usually done while taking a walking tour of the property – sometimes with the dog) you can learn about all the good places to eat, the other wineries worth visiting and which wines are being made where.
On taste are the regional staples of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as the less common to the area Cabernet Sauvignon. For those seeking out the really unusual, Siegerrebe is on taste (a white wine that is really difficult to describe but is probably most similar to a German style Riesling). Each wine has its own individual character and if you really plan on sampling everything with enthusiasm (and book in advance) you can even stay in the B&B guest house on the property.
We stayed a week. It was simply brilliant.