Besides surfing and kangaroos, Australia is also famous for its world-class wines. So from one wine lover to another, here’s our guide to the wineries in Australia that you must visit
Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills, SA
If Shiraz is your guilty pleasure, then you need to step foot in the Barossa Valley. Pick one of the family-owned wineries and set course through the lovely hills of Adelaide.
As one of the best wine regions in Australia, you can expect to taste many iconic varietals that are full of character. Which is why we recommend you to take the cellar tours, where you’ll learn all about the extraordinary process of winemaking, from harvesting to bottling. Penfolds, Seppeltsfield and Jacob’s Creek are some of the oldest wineries in Australia, with a fascinating heritage dating back to the 1800s.
Make it a weekend getaway with your other-half and take romantic strolls by foot or bicycle through the vines. And if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, let us book a scenic helicopter flight or hot air balloon for a different perspective.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, WA
Western Australia is still off the beaten track, and yet there are plenty of reasons to visit. As the population here gathers along the coast, you will find a laid back, beach vibe stretching all the way to the vineyards. To see it for yourself, make your way to Margaret River, just three hours to the south of Perth.
The drive there is beautiful. So if you’re not in a hurry, make sure to take a dip in the Indian Ocean from Busselton Jetty or have picnic at Surfer’s Point. And once you’ve reached your chosen destination, you may notice a contrast between the natural landscape and the immaculate gardens in these particular wineries in Australia.
One thing is certain, Margaret River is the place to let your hedonist self surface. At the Voyager Estate, for instance, you can indulge in a delicious lunch with matching wines overlooking the vineyard. Whilst at Leeuwin Estate it’s all about heightening your senses. And not just your palate, for art pieces and performances will be pairing with your wine tastings.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sauvignon blanc
- Chenin blanc
Hunter Valley, NSW
In case you’re visiting Australia in a short period of time or can only book a quick getaway from Sydney, then Hunter Valley is a great option for you.
Just three hours north of the city, it’s full of singularities that set this region apart from any other in the country. Let’s start, for instance, with the unique climate around here. Harsh and moody, the grapes need to endure tropical storms, drought and constant heat throughout the year. Another threat to the growing vines are the local gluttonous kangaroos. Which makes a successfully bottled wine all the more special, don’t you agree?
Enjoy the views of the vineyard, from a cosy cottage at Audrey Wilkinson winery, or visit the cellars of the renowned Tyrrel’s Wines. They both offer an honest, countryside welcome, world-class tastings and valuable insights to the Australian wine history.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Only one hour outside Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is accessible and the perfect bonus to your holiday. If you’re a true foodie, then you will definitely have tried the produce from wineries in Australia on your gourmet tours around the city, right? So why not go straight to the source?
Start your day at sunrise, on board of a hot air balloon while harmlessly sipping sparkling wine. And after exploring the vineyard on a segway, try the wagyu steak and other local delicacies at Rochford. Now, if you’re looking for a less rustic winery, then head to Domain Chandon. The sophisticated tasting room and infinite possibilities in their cellar will make your head spin.
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- Sparkling wine
- Pinot Noir
We hope that you’re looking at your own cellar and thinking that you need a refill. Well, now that you know where the best wineries in Australia are, shall we book a trip for you?