If you love wine what better Summer trip is there, then hitting a beautiful winery and stunning vineyards. Check out our top 3 Australian destinations.
The magic of Barossa Valley’s world-acclaimed wines lies in the diversity of its growing conditions. The Eden Valley produces distinctive cool-climate wine varieties; while the region’s flagship shiraz is grown in the warmer, low-lying areas. The Barossa Valley is also renowned for its fresh seasonal produce, artisan food producers and award-winning restaurants.
Jacob’s Creek was the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard and one of the oldest in the region. Penfolds and Seppeltsfield are other iconic Australian wine names found in the Barossa Valley. The Louise offers luxury accommodation amongst the vineyards as well as one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences at Appellation Restaurant.
The Margaret River region is known around the world for its top quality wines and food. While the region produces less than 3 per cent of Australia’s wine, it accounts for more than a fifth of its premium wine. There are more than 120 world-class wineries to explore, including Flinders Bay Wines, Flying Fish Cove, and Evans & Tate, and opportunities to not only try fine wines, but get beyond the cellar doors. Among the many vineyard tours there are also tours that get you behind the scenes to meet winemakers, have a barrel room testing, and potentially even blend your own bottle of wine, coupled with a long lunch.
The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest wine region, dating back to 1838, and has garnered a global reputation for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Visit the French-style cellar door at Dominique Portet Winery, which specialises in sparkling wine and has received rave reviews for its Fontaine Rosé. Experience a behind-the-scenes vineyard and winery tour at De Bortoli or enjoy a private wine tasting with cheese plates at Yering Station. The Yarra Valley is also known for its local breweries and artisan cider producers. Drop into Innocent Bystander, located in the former White Rabbit Brewery site in Healesville, or join a free tour of the Buckley’s Brewery, also in Healesville. For a unique view of the valley, take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride. The one hour flight departs at sunrise, and ascends above rolling hills and corridors of vines. Afterwards, guests are served a champagne breakfast at Balgownie Estate.