Moorilla Estate is a taste of old world vineyard charm and new world accommodation!
Moorilla Estate is recognised as the birthplace of Tasmania's modern wine industry. Early pioneers had attempted to produce wine, but it was Italian textile merchant, Claudio Alcorso, who successfully blended viticulture and marketing in the 1950s. The late Mr Alcorso was a well known patron of the arts in Tasmania and the current owners have ensured the Alcorso legacy remains.
Moorilla is an Aboriginal word meaning "a rock by the water" and traces of old campsites can be found along the riverbanks.
Until seven years ago it was a family-run concern, but is now owned by a group of businessmen. Claudio's widow still lives there.
It is dedicated to the enjoyment of life and has become a cultural haven, drawing visitors to sample quality wines, food, accommodation and the Morilla Museum of Antiquities.
The dream began with just 200 vines and now there are more than 4000 on each hectare. It is one of Tasmania's larger wineries with an annual crush of 200 tones which becomes 20,000 cases of fine wine.
Harvesting is usually in March, with the perfect date being determined by testing the fruit each week.
Moorilla has won a tourism award for the best winery restaurant three years in a row. It is set amongst the vineyards and you can actually touch the leaves. It is open for lunch and serves modern Australian food, with an emphasis on matching the wines with the menu.
The four steel framed chalets are only a couple of years old and are perched on a cliff about 15 metres above the water, providing great views.
They are light and airy with a mix of city comfort and country tranquility and have a village atmosphere. Two are two-storey with two bedrooms and two are single storey with one bedroom. Bathrooms are complete with a large spa positioned to have full benefit of the pretty views.
There is a balcony off each bedroom and sprinklings of Greek, Roman and Syrian antiques add a truly different touch to the décor. There are king-size beds for extra comfort, and the kitchen is fitted with beautiful SMEG appliances.
The chalets are self-contained and luxurious with air-conditioning, television, telephone, CD stereo, safe and security system. Each has its own cellar with four dozen bottles of wine at cellar door prices.
If driving there is a little mundane for you, there is a helipad, a jetty for boats and a place for a seaplane to land!
Moorilla Estate is a wheelchair friendly environment.