Wine and art. A match made in the proverbial.
Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, is Australia’s largest privately-owned gallery and museum. Showcasing the diverse collection of its owner, Tasmanian gambler and maths nerd David Walsh, Mona exhibits everything from ancient Egyptian funerary objects and modernist masterpieces to a word waterfall and a machine that mimics the human digestive system. The Mona site —perched on the banks of the River Derwent, not far from Hobart — is also home to the Moorilla winery and vineyard, as well as luxury accommodation, bars, a restaurant and more.
Kick off your Moorilla Experience by sailing from Hobart to Mona on their super-flash, high-speed ferry, complete with onboard bars and sheep to sit on. Ferry departs Hobart at 9.30am (11am departure also available if preferred). Explore the subterranean galleries at your leisure (entry is included) and be sure to check mona website for information about current exhibitions.
After your art binge, head to Mona’s top-notch restaurant at 1.30pm for a one-course lunch of seasonal local produce, matched with a glass of wine from Moorilla’s Muse or Praxis Series. Fed and watered, you’ll then begin your behind-the-scenes tour of the winery at 3.30pm in Moorilla’s vineyard (the second oldest in Tasmania, mind you). Delve into Moorilla’s backstory with your expert host and get acquainted with the finer points of old and new artisanal winemaking techniques. You’ll be treated to a tasting of ten different Moorilla wines—elegant, fragrant and often experimental—including a selection from their prestigious Cloth Label Series.
Includes 5pm return ferry transfer from Mona to Hobart.
9.30am - Catch the ferry from Brooke Street Pier, Hobart, to Mona
10am - Arrive at Mona and explore the museum
1.30pm - One-course lunch at Mona’s restaurant with a glass of Moorilla wine
3.30pm - Take a tour of the Moorilla winery and enjoy a wine tasting
5pm - Return to Hobart on the ferry
Type: Tasmania Winery Experiences and Packages
- Return ferry transfers ex Hobart
- MONA entry
- Guided vineyard and winery tour
- Lunch with glass of wine
- Tutored wine tasting
- Time Required: 6.5-8 Hours depending on chosen departure time
- Minimum Pax of 2, Maximum Pax of 12