Willie Smith's Distillery Experience - Dave's

Willie Smith’s Distillery Experience


Mondays & Fridays


Willie Smith's Apple Shed is located only 30 minutes drive from Hobart, at Grove in the Huon Valley, Tasmania.


Tours start at 11am


Midday - Just in time for lunch!


Mondays & Fridays


Willie Smith's Apple Shed is located only 30 minutes drive from Hobart, at Grove in the Huon Valley, Tasmania.

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Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is located only 30 minutes drive from Hobart, at Grove in the Huon Valley, Tasmania.  Here you will find the Charles Oates Distillery where Fine Apple Brandy and Eau de vie apple spirits are made from Willie Smith’s organic apple cider.

The Experience
Spend 1.5 hours as a special guest of the distiller, in the Willie Smith’s Distillery.  You will learn about the French art of cider distillation using a Charentais Alembic Still.  See how Charles Oates apple spirits are made and aged to make Australia’s first Fine Apple Brandy (known in France as Calvados) made using traditional French techniques.  Be guided through a tasting of the Charles Oates spirits matched perfectly with a food plate and cheese platter designed by the Willie Smith’s Apple Shed Head Chef.  Groups for the distillery experience are set at a maximum of ten people so that you will be given the best opportunity to talk with the distiller and enjoy your time learning about and tasting the Charles Oates spirits.

Apple Farming History
The Smith family have a long history within the apple industry in the Huon Valley, Tasmania, dating back as far as 1888 when William Smith secured his first plot of land from his father-in-law, Charles Oates.  As part of the tour you will learn more about this history and about Andrew Smith, the current 4th generation apple farmer who grows the beautiful organic apples used to make Willie Smith’s Apple Cider and Charles Oates Fine Apple Brandy.

Unique Still
The Charles Oates spirits are made using a Charentais Alembic Still, the only one of its kind in Australia.  This beautiful still was hand made by craftsman Peter Bailly, who is responsible for making over 100 stills for distilleries in Tasmania and Australia.  The design of this still is based on those developed in the 16th century to make Cognac, and which are still used to this day in France to make Calvados, the French equivalent of Fine Apple Brandy.  Visitors on the experience will learn how the still works and the process of making spirits from apple cider to barrel to glass.

Tasting with the Distiller
Whilst in the still room the distiller will walk guests through a tasting of the Cider that first goes into the still, the low wines from the first distillation run and Charles Oates Fine Apple Brandy and Eau de vie.  This is complemented with a perfectly matched tasting plate and cheese platter.

A memorable experience for anyone with an interest in craft spirits and the distillation process.

There is a maximum of 10 people in each tour and each guest receives a complementary
glass of cider on arrival, a serving of two Fine Apple Brandy’s, an Eu de vie, their own personal tasting plate and shared cheese platters with another drink of their choice at the end of the tour.

The Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is also the home of Willie Smith’s Cider.  Here you can also sample cider, peruse the apple museum and learn about the history of apple growing in the Huon Valley.  The Apple Shed café has a delicious menu made from local and seasonal produce.

*SOMETIMES THINGS CHANGE – Because our tours are truly behind the scenes experiences sometimes our plans need to change to accommodate cidery and distillery operations. Whilst these changes are rare, we do reserve the right to make them and ask that you trust us when we do have to change something for your and our enjoyment and safety.


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