the derwent valley

The Derwent Valley is an expansive corner of Tasmania. Agriculture is a prime driver for most of the people who inhabit the evergreen lush countryside. A huge range of fresh fruits are grown in abundance, with Australia’s most renowned growers having productive properties in the area. Tourism offerings in the region are in abundance and visitor numbers are blooming, with visitors to our state choosing to make this wild destination their first choice. Our labels pay homage to the colours of the Valley.
Plenty Cider Tasmania Original
Plenty Original blue represents the river that connects the valley. The pure water that runs from this is the life blood of agriculture and horticulture in the Derwent valley.
Plenty Cider Tasmania Apple + Cherry
​Plenty Apple + Cherry red represents the ‘Fagus,’ a deciduous beech found nowhere else in the world except Tasmania and in particular the Derwent valley. Its leaves are a rust red and change through to brilliant gold in autumn.
Plenty Cider Apple Blueberry
Plenty Apple + Blueberry purple represents the valley at dusk on a still winters evening. Tasmania is famous for its four seasons in a day, but the one constant in Plenty is a brilliant sunset. 
Plenty Cider Tasmania Apple + Riesling
Plenty Apple + Riesling green represents the Poplars, a well-known icon of the area. These are beautifully represented here as the brilliant green displayed through spring and summer, and the magnificent transformation to gold in autumn.
Championing our valley is a key priority for us – we’ll bang on to anyone who listens about how great it is – even our fruit travels less than 500m from orchard to Cidery. We truly believe in the land of Plenty, so we are sharing with you some of our favourite haunts so that you can spend a day in the Derwent.
 

Maydena Bike Park

The Maydena Bike Park is a gravity-focused mountain bike park in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley; the park is now open. Designed and built by renowned trail company, Dirt Art, our world-class trails will offer something for everyone, from families through to elite riders.

The Park offers; shuttle uplift service, sightseeing tours, bike hire, retail bike shop, café, bar, skills coaching and group skills sessions, and a wide range of tours.

For more information go to www.maydenabikepark.com

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery is located in the small town of New Norfolk. It’s a 30-minute drive from Hobart in the beautiful Derwent Valley and is just a few minutes down the road from The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School. 

This is a place where local and seasonal produce is celebrated and where the diner experiences a true sense of place through the food they eat. The ingredients speak for themselves, with little adornment. The folk at The Agrarian Kitchen aim to foster a community of local growers, farmers and fishermen through whom the mainstay of their ingredients are sourced, along with excess from the cooking school’s garden. 

Go to www.theagrariankitchen.com for more information.

The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School and Farm

The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school offering paddock-to-plate cooking experiences in a 19th century schoolhouse at Lachlan, 45 minutes from Hobart in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. It was established in 2008 by Rodney Dunn and his wife Severine Demanet.

Set on five acres, The Agrarian Kitchen is a working farm and incorporates an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden, all grown using organic principles. Also in residence are Berkshire pigs, Barnevelder chickens, a flock of geese, ducks, sheep and honey bees.

During their full-day cooking experiences, guests harvest produce from the garden before returning to the kitchen to cook and eat.

Go to www.theagrariankitchen.com for more information.

The Westerway Raspberry Farm

The Westerway Raspberry Farm is a business run from the Clark Family’s farm, Lanoma Estate.

Raspberries, common throughout the Derwent Valley 40 years ago, were first planted in the old hop fields in Westerway in 1995 with the plan to supply machine harvested processing grade raspberries to Cascade Fruit Syrup. To service this market, Rob Clark planted one acre of the Willamette raspberry variety, a high yielding, soft berry with a naturally high sugar content.

 From humble beginnings, the farm now has over 60 acres of fertile land under raspberry and other berry production, owns four state-of-the-art mechanical harvesters, operates a processing and freezing facility, produces over 200 tonnes of berries each season and employs over 120 seasonal staff to supply fresh raspberries for the Tasmanian and interstate market.

For more information go to www.lanoma.com.au

Derwent Estate

Derwent Estate produce award winning wines from it’s purpose built straw bale winery, nestled on the north facing slopes of the Derwent River. It is the perfect environment for the production of cool climate wines.

Cellar Door is in “Rathbone Cottage” built in 1820 by convict labour. The cottage retains it’s historic character and has been bought back to life so that visitors can enjoy one of Tasmanias heritage buildings. With uninterrupted views of the Derwent, a visit to Cellar Door offers 12 wines on tasting, delicious fresh Tasmanian Charcuterie platters and a glimpse into the history of the Rathbone family estate.

Open from 10am until 5pm daily (October – April)
Open from 11am until 4pm daily ( May – September)

For more information go to www.derwentestate.com.au