Thirsty travels: Noma's top 3 Australian wine regions

From the rolling Adelaide Hills and the niche boutique wineries in Canberra, to the cool-climate European-esque Tasmanian vineyards, here are Rene Redzpei's top wine regions featured on the Noma Australia wine list. Thirsty travels:  Noma's top 3 Australian wine regions
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Thirsty travels: Noma's top 3 Australian wine regions

From the rolling Adelaide Hills and the niche boutique wineries in Canberra, to the cool-climate European-esque Tasmanian vineyards, here are René Redzepi's top wine regions featured on the Noma Australia wine list.


Spread out across Australia's vast landscape are more than 2,400 wineries throughout 65 wine regions around the country. Australia's diverse climates produce unique and regionally distinct wine regions, and has earned Australia a reputation for producing some of the world’s best wines. So naturally, when René Redzepi brought his internationally renowned restaurant Noma to Australia for a 10 week residency in Sydney’s Barangaroo, he and sommelier Mads Kleppe sourced the best Australian drops to accompany the highly anticipated menu.

Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide Hills, SA

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Natural and organic wines from the Adelaide Hills feature heavily on the Noma wine list. “Their winemakers are youthful, energetic, very interesting and talented,” says Kleppe. “And they’re really looking after their vineyards, to produce the most delicious wines.”

The Adelaide Hills is at the centre of South Australia’s wine country. Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide, bordered by the Barossa Valley to the North and McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek to the South. Important to note, Adelaide Hills is also the closest wine region to Adelaide, making it the perfect quick getaway, weekend long lunch or cellar door tour destination. You'll find an exquisite range of  Chardonnay,  Pinot Noir,  Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Merlot. We recommend visiting the home of Australia’s most famous red wine, Grange, at Penfolds at Magill Estate, just 15 minutes from the city. (The Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant is an amazing added bonus). 

Highlights: Some of Noma's favourites include Lucy MargauxCommune of ButtonsManon and Gentle Folk Wines. Try them around Adelaide at wine bars such as La Buvette and Blackwood restaurant.

Learn more about the best food and wine experiences in South Australia

Poacher's Way, Shaw Vineyard Estate, Murrumbateman, ACT

Canberra Region, Australian Capital Territory

Kleppe is also most taken with Canberra region wines. Australia's capital city is surrounded by 33 boutique cool climate wineries within 33 minuets of the city centre. The best thing about the Canberra wineries is that they're small so they provide an intimate visitor experience. The Canberra regions specialise in Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and more recently, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. There are three subregions within the Canberra district; ACT and Hall, Murrumbateman and Yass and Bungendore, Wamboin and Lake George. We recommend visiting Helm’s Wines and Shaw Vineyard Estate in Murrumbateman, a pleasant 30-minute drive from Canberra. 

Highlights: Kleppe recommends any of the “project wines” from Bryan Martin at Ravensworth and the petillant naturel (naturally sparkling or “pet-net”) from Tammy Braybrook and Paul Starr’s Sassafras, which specialises in little known grape varietals such as savagnin and sagrantino. You can order via their websites – but watch out, they sell out in a flash.

Learn more about the best food and wine experiences in Canberra

Josef Chromy winery, Tamar Valley, TAS

Tasmania 

Tasmania has the benefit of a cool climate – similar to growing conditions in Europe and is well-known for their cool climate wines like Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris. Across the island there are 230 vineyards and 90 cellar doors, so you'll be spoilt for choice. If you're planning a trip, there are four distinct wine touring regions; Tamar Valley Wine Route (the north)Southern Wine RouteEast Coast Wine Route, and North-West Wine Route. All of these regions are within easy reach of the major centres or en route to some of Tasmania’s iconic attractions. We recommend paying Josef Chromy winery in Tamar Valley (15 minute drive south of Launceston) a visit. The beautiful cellar door and restaurant is set amongst old English gardens with a picturesque lake, overlooking the vineyards.   

Highlights: Two Metre Tall cider and craft beer brewery and the landmark Belgrove grain-to-barrel rye whiskey distillery. Check out Two Metre Tall’s Farm Bar (50 minute drive from Hobart) while distillery visits can be arranged by appointment. 

Learn more about the best food and wine experiences in Tasmania

Also check out Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia. A collection of premium, award-winning wineries in Australia's most renowned wine regions, offering a range of diverse experiences beyond the cellar door.

 

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