At Holm Oak, we love welcoming visitors from all over the world to our Cellar Door. If you're planning a trip, we've unearthed the best places to stay in the Tamar Valley in this blog post. Get excited about your next trip to Tasmania.Continue »
Launceston is Tasmania's second major city (behind Hobart) and is bursting with food and wine hotspots, cultural destinations and natural wonders. It’s also only a short drive from Holm Oak’s estate, so on child-free evenings, you can often find us doing the rounds of the wine bars and drinking establishments in Launceston.Continue »
There’s no denying that Pinot Gris/ Pinot Grigio has quickly evolved to become a popular white wine of choice over the last few years. It’s now one of the fastest growing white wines, behind Sauvignon Blanc.Continue »
Pinot noir, considered by some to be the most ethereal and elegant of all red wine styles, is crafted with finesse in several of the world’s finest wine growing regions. When you think of great pinot noir, the old world wines of Burgundy usually spring to mind. While Burgundy may long have been regarded as the original homeland of pinot noir, the varietal is also produced to acclaim in several cool climate new world viticultural regions, including the home of our vineyards in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania.Continue »
We all know that Tasmania is the ideal holiday destination, whatever the time of year, but for those who love rugging up and enjoying the cooler weather, the July school holidays are the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get out and about together in our spectacular natural environment.Continue »
Launceston is a bustling hub of restaurants and bars, including those highly regarded stalwarts such as the evergreen Stillwater, Hallam’s Waterfront and Black Cow Bistro that we’re happy to return to any time. However, if you’re on the lookout for somewhere new and delicious to try, there’s an impressive array of recently opened venues around the city. Here are a handful of new restaurants and bars we heartily recommend.Continue »
There are certain classic images that spring to mind when people think about the winemaking process – frenetic scenes of vintage, bunches of grapes hanging on the vines, hand picking, even that age-old tradition of foot stomping and plunging the fruit once it hits the winery. Mostly, though, it’s the abiding image of serried ranks of oak barrels, their precious contents slowly undergoing the miraculous process of fermentation and ageing in the winery cellars. Of course, nowadays, particularly in large-scale vinous production, much of this process is mechanised, and the wine held in vast stainless-steel vats. But even then, a great deal of the wine will still have contact with oak in some shape or form. Here, our winemaker Bec Duffy explores why oak still plays such an important role in the winemaking process, and more particularly, how and why we choose what style of oak we use at Holm Oak.Continue »
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