Wine Regions of Australia
You don’t need to travel to Napa Valley, France or Italy for world-class wineries when you can visit some of the best vineyards and wineries in the world right in our backyard. Almost every state of Australia has its own wine region producing different varieties and make for an ideal weekend getaway or long lunch. Here are some of the best wine regions in Australia all ready for you to explore on your next weekend escape.
Home to over 50 cellar doors there are plenty of options to choose from to spend an afternoon relaxing with great food and wine. Specialising in pinot noir and chardonnay, the region is also seeing a surge in shiraz, pinot giris and pinot grigio, be sure to try a wine flight to try them all and find your favourite. The area is also home to some of Australia’s premier craft breweries such as Red Hill Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery and St Andrews Beach Brewery, Follow the Beer, Cide and Spirits Trail to taste them all!
The Barossa Valley
Less than an hours drive from Adelaide is the Barossa Valley, home to some of Australia’s most well-known wineries including Penfolds, Jacobs Creek, and Yalumba. The area is perfect for shiraz and cabernet growing thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate. Make sure you get the full Barossa experience and stay a whole weekend.
The Adelaide Hills is ideal for a quick day trip from Adelaide, just 30 minutes outside the city it is home to a wide variety of wineries and dotted with small townships that boast a unique blend of German and English heritage dating back more than 175 years. Be sure to visit Shaw + Smith or Bird In Hand to truly experience all of the different wine types produced in the Adelaide Hills.
Like South Australia, Victoria has five different wine regions each specialising in a variety of wine, Yarra Valley, The Pinot Coast, Shiraz Central, King Valley Prosecco Road and Rutherglen with more than 800 wineries and 600 cellar doors there is a flavour for everyone!
The oldest growing region in the state the Yarra Valley is about a 40-minute drive out of Melbourne, making it a popular day trip destinations for Melbourne residents and tourists alike. Celebrated for its chardonnay and pinot noir, be sure to visit Oakridge Wines, TaraWarra Estate, Yarra Yering and the amazing boutique cellar doors.
One of the most popular regions in victoria for both its wine and the delicious dining experiences available, the Mornington Peninsula is home to over 50 cellar doors allowing visitors to sample the superb pinot noir, chardonnay, shiraz, and pinot gris. Some of our favourite cellar doors include Port Philip Estate, Pt. Leo Estate and Montalto.
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Tasmania’s top wine region is the Tamar Valley, located in the northeast of the island and home to 30 vineyards. The best way to taste the wines of this region is to follow the Tamar Valley Wine Trail, weaving through cellar doors and estates such as Pipers Brook Vinyard, Penfolds, Josef Chromy Wines and Dalrymple Vineyards. Sampling elegant white wines such as pinot gris, riesling and gewürztraminer.
New South Wales
Home to dozen of wine regions and growing a variety of grapes, the New South Wales wine regions produce both cool and warm climate wines. Make the most of your time exploring and visit cellar doors, meet the winemakers and eat delicious food.
One of the best-known wine regions in New South Wales the Hunter Valley is less than two horse drive from Sydney. Sample the signature wine of the region Semillon at one of the cellar doors or perhaps sample some excellent chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and Verdelho. A must-do experience is a hot air balloon ride over the vines to take in the breathtaking views.
Home to eight wine regions the Western Australia regions are not to be missed, whether you want to enjoy a simple day trip or indulge on a scenic charter flight. The cooler climate is ideal for producing chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and riesling.
Thanks to several micro-climates winemakers in Margaret River have the flexibility to produce a range of styles of winemaking sure all tastes are covered. Take time to enjoy the three-hour drive down from Perth, stopping in at Howard Park, Leeuwin Estate and Cape Mentelle.
Queensland is home to two wine regions the Granite Belt and South Burnett, both located in the south-eastern corner of the state which have more four distinct seasons allowing a variety of wine types to be produced. For chardonnay, merlot, sangiovese and verdelho visit South Burnett, where as for more medium-bodied wines such as cabernet sauvignon, barbera, and grenache shiraz mourvedre (GSM) visit Granite Belt.
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