Australian food and wine ranks among the world’s best. Whether you like to sit and sip among the vines or dive deep into the winemaking world, there’s a cellar door in Australia to suit. Unwind with a glass of red in the Barossa Valley or wander through the vines in the Adelaide Hills. Whatever your style, Australia has it all.
South Australia is home to some of the oldest continuously producing vineyards in the world, so it’s no surprise that its regions are regarded as some of the country’s best. For incredible and romantic stay in the Barossa visit Barossa Shiraz Estate
Barossa Valley Possibly the best-known wine region in Australia and certainly known globally. Here you will find the region’s claim to fame - big, bold shiraz that’s exceptionally smooth. Seppeltsfield, one of the most historic wineries in the Barossa, is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old vintage wine every year. They also offer unique experiences, including the opportunity to taste wine made in the year you were born straight from the barrel
Adelaide Hills, less than an hour from the city, has a cool climate and an elevated altitude that makes wines distinct from others produced in the state. Expect complex, medium-weight wines and renowned pinot noir. One of Australia’s most notable estates also resides in the Adelaide Hills, Penfolds’ Magill Estate cellar door allows you to expand your palate with a range of iconic wines. Look out onto Penfolds’ first vineyard as you taste vintages that tell a 175 year old story.
McLaren Vale is nestled between the lush green of the Mount Lofty Ranges and the striking blue of the Gulf St Vincent and is the birthplace of wine in South Australia. Just 45 minutes south from Adelaide its many world-renowned wineries like Wirra Wirra and Hardys Tintara, boasting a legacy of over 160 years. One of the most unique winery experiences in Australia is the d’Arenberg Cube, an impressive five-storey structure fashioned after an unfinished Rubik’s Cube.
New South Wales
There are 16 wine regions of New South Wales which represent a diversity of climate and terroir unequalled in any other Australian state. From Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the famous Hunter Valley – to exciting new cool climate regions such as Orange the regions of New South Wales produce wines to appeal to every palate.
Hunter Valley. The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine region in Australia. Only 2.5 hours from Sydney, the Hunter is home to some of Australia’s most famous winemaking families, like Tulloch and Tyrrell, as well as some unique new names. At Audrey Wilkinson, you can expect to taste rich semillon and earthy shiraz as you enjoy a view of the expansive valley dotted with vineyards. Tyrrell’s Wines offers a daily winery tour that takes guests behind the scenes of one of the region’s oldest estates as well as premium private tastings that allow you to savour each sip.
The Margaret River region is known for producing some of the most elegant wines in the country. Three hours drive south of Perth, is one of Australia's most famous wine region. The established estate of Cullen Wines, offers both a simple tasting as well as a complete food and wine experience, which matches their top drops with exquisite dishes from their award-winning restaurant. At Vasse Felix, every aspect of the winemaking process is controlled within the Vasse Felix estate, allowing every batch to be carefully crafted. Visit the cellar door to sample a selection, or book an in-depth tasting experience in the exclusive vault. Don't miss the equally impressive experiences at the Leeuwin and Voyager Estate cellar doors.
The Yarra Valley is situated only 45 minutes from Melbourne and is the state’s oldest growing region, with the first grapes planted in 1838. Although the industry dates back over 170 years, the Yarra Valley is still known for its revolutionary winemakers that craft boundary-pushing bottles while respecting the traditions of the region. Oakridge Winery, produces world-class chardonnay and pinot noir ready for tasting. Drink up at Dominique Portet Winery, which serves celebrated sparkling wines, or soak up De Bortoli’s philosophy of sharing good wine, good food and good times. Step through the unique cellar door at TarraWarra Estate for a stunning tasting experience underneath a grassy hill.
Launceston, located in Tasmania’s north east, has an ideal climate and soil for making some of the best chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines in the country. The Tamar Valley, located less than an hour from Launceston, is home to several wineries that show off the best of the region. Visit Tamar Ridge high in the hills to taste exquisite sparkling wines and aged pinot noir exclusive to the cellar door. Home to an onsite cafe, ocean views and pioneering wines, Pipers Brook Winery is one where you can spend the day.