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Living by the motto “if I can’t afford to stay there, I’ll work there”, Sales Manager of Josef Chromy Wines David Milne has experienced his fair share of luxurious destinations. His hospitality career has taken him across Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Unexpectedly, it was while David was on a last-minute holiday to Tasmania that one of the state’s most storied vignerons, Josef Chromy, invited him to join the launch team of Josef Chromy Wines, luring David back to Australia.
“I knew that if Josef was going to create anything, the quality would be unparalleled,” he says.
He wasn’t wrong. Josef Chromy Wines has since earned a raft of awards and accolades, with international acclaim for its elegant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling offerings.
David attributes the success to the cool climate of the Tamar Valley coupled with the expertise of Chief Winemaker Jeremy Dineens’ minimalist approach to winemaking. But he is also quick to boast, “It’s just the most beautiful vineyard in Australia.”
In a picturesque valley 190 kilometres (120 miles) north of Hobart, the winery is set among lush rolling hills and a dreamy 1800s old English garden, near the city of Launceston. The estate also overlooks a set of freshwater lakes where guests can fly fish or cycle around.
Inside the winery you can learn about making traditional sparkling, explore the cellar door or sample the finest Tasmanian produce from the restaurant’s à la carte menu.