Visiting the vineyards, tasting vintages and many wineries, enjoying an excellent meal in an on-site restaurant and often outdoors, is one of the great pleasures of a visit to Australia. Whether you’re focused on a trip to a particular region or planning a broader itinerary, jumping from place to place, chances are you’ll be in more than one of the most popular neighborhoods in the country. Here is our Selection of the best:
The Barossa, South Australia
Probably the best known of all wine regions (and yes, there really is a stream called Jacobs!), the Barossa is less than an hour’s drive from Adelaide. In addition to wine, the area is also home to historic houses, golf courses, hiking trails, and many shops (antiques a specialty). Founded in the early 19th century by Prussian immigrants, there are still references to its Germanic roots, including Lutheran churches and even occasional Oompah groups.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Less than two hours from Sydney, via Harbour Bridge and the scenery of the National Park, Hunter is Australia’s oldest wine region. Although you have little interest in its products, it would still be a destination to visit, as it is a horseshoe with mountains that includes both forests and vineyards, as well as many activities ranging from Spas to Golf. In the meadows is also one of the main centers of horse breeding in the world.
Margaret River, Western Australia
It is hard to believe that it was not until the 1960s that the first vines were planted in the area south of Perth, known as the “Bordeaux of the new world”.”There are about 80 wineries that produce less than 5% of Australian wine, but more than a quarter of its Premium bottles. The best bet is its Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignon. If you don’t want to drive, you can book Nola and his 1955-year-old Bentley to transport you between tastings. And save time to bask on the best beaches in the area.
Clare Valley, South Australia
The beautiful landscape of the hills is home to a compact collection of about 40 vineyards, producing excellent Rieslings as well as more than acceptable Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Plan a lunch (or overnight) at Skillogalee, a stone house, the original home of a Corneal miner.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
The Yarra is in Victoria, which is the Barossa to southern Australia, although it welcomes far fewer visitors. Its charming wineries produce cool climate wines, with Pinot Noir the specialty. While you can reach the Yarra in about 30 minutes from Melbourne, you should spend a night there (perhaps at Yering Castle) and consider a hot air balloon dawn.
Australia’s largest island is a temperate wilderness rich in history and natural resources. As it is the southernmost wine region in Australia, fresh after harvest wines stand out markedly, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (the latter in silent or sparkling form) among the best. In terms of production, Tasmania’s quota is very small, but it is significantly higher than its weight.