Some Australian wineries are huge, and
produce wine in large
quantities, to be shipped all over the world. But there are more than
5,000 boutique wineries scattered around the nation, most of which
offer cellar door tastings. Many also house cafes and restaurants
serving gourmet food, often with an emphasis on local
There are 19 wine regions in New South
Wales, including Australia’s oldest continuous wine region - the famous
Other areas include Mudgee, which has a winemaking history stretching
back to the 1858; and exciting new cool-climate regions such as the
Southern Highlands, an hour’s drive south of Sydney.
The Hunter Valley is an easy two-hour drive
north of Sydney, and
offers more than 120 cellar doors. The area produces a range of wine
styles, though it’s mostly known for its high-quality Semillon and
Shiraz. Like other wine-producing areas in Australia, local wine
production is complemented by the likes of olive oil producers and
artisan cheese makers.
Further north, visit one of Australia’s most
unique cellar doors, at the Little Morgue Winery
on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Originally a morgue, this boutique
winery was transformed into a cellar door in 2006. The morgue’s chapel
is now a two-storey cellar door, where guests can taste a wide variety
of aptly-named wines including ‘A Touch ‘O Coffin’, ‘Rest in Peace’ and
For an interesting variation on traditional
wine making head to Golden
one hour inland from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. The
family makes their Golden Drop wine out of mangoes! The property has
17,500 trees, making it one of the largest mango plantations in
They don’t grow mangoes further south in Victoria,
but they do grow strawberries. Schmidts Strawberry Winery, near the
charming former gold mining township of Yackandandah in historic North
East Victoria, produces exceptional strawberry wines amidst acres of
lush strawberry fields.
in nearby Milawa, visitors to the cellar door and restaurant are being
treated to unique produce from the Kindergarten, Brown Brothers’
research and development division.
The Kindergarten is essentially a
mini-winery within the larger
winery. Established in 1989 as part of the winery’s centenary
celebrations, the Kindergarten attracts guest winemakers from around
the world. These experts trial small batches of wine using unusual
grapes such as Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato and Tarrango.
Visitors are an essential element of the
company’s market research,
as they are encouraged to try the new wine styles and give their
feedback. The Brown Brothers cellar door and restaurant are positioned
on the main road to the Victorian ski fields.
North East Victoria is also the place to
enjoy Pedal to
a set of new food and wine tours that incorporate the best of the High
Country’s historic towns, stunning alpine and valley scenery, and even
a converted former railway track.
New on the Victorian scene too is the
Bellarine Taste Trail, south
of Melbourne on the Bellarine Peninsula. This comprises 32 operators
including local food producers, provedores, restaurants, wineries,
seafood producers, and accommodation. The Bellarine Peninsula is also
known for its historic seaside villages, beautiful beaches, and
You can find some of the most famous wine
regions in the world
dotted across South Australia. There are nine distinct wine regions
within an hour and a half of the Adelaide city centre. These include
the famous Barossa Valley, the
Valley, the Adelaide
Hills, and McLaren Vale.
Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley
is perhaps Australia’s most revered wine producer – Penfolds.
This iconic Australian winery is famed for Penfolds Grange, one of the
world’s finest wines. It’s also known as Australia’s most expensive
wine. Bottles of certain vintages cost many thousands of dollars.
Barossa Valley Winery and Cellar Door
offers an interactive twist to winemaking with its Make Your Own Blend
Tour. Visitors dress up in white coats and attempt to blend their own
wine from Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre grapes. You can take your
creation home with you, complete with a personalised label.
Another big wine producing state is Western
Australia. If your idea
of the perfect escape is sipping world-class wine, whilst enjoying
breath-taking views of vineyards, beaches and forests, then the Margaret
River Wine Region
is the place for you. Located three hours drive from Perth, the area
produces some 26 per cent of Australia’s premium wine, yet only about
five per cent of the total wine production.
Tasmania either. The island state has four main wine regions. Wines
made here are made from grapes grown in climates similar to those of
the famous European wines – with mild summers and long autumn days that
slowly ripen the grapes.
the Wine Trail - Wines from Australia regularly win major
international awards. The
latest example is the Nepenthe Ithaca Chardonnay, produced by
Australian Vintage. It was judged the Best Chardonnay in the
the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards in London. This is the world’s
biggest wine competition. Click
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