MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Leeuwin Estate Winery,
Events are held throughout the year at Leeuwin Estate, including cooking classes, wine dinners and an annual alfresco summer concert series. Enjoy regional cuisine at the award-winning Leeuwin Restaurant or visit the cellar door for an informal food and wine matching experience. Or go for the Ultimate Leeuwin Art, Wine and Cooking Experience, in which you enjoy a tutored viewing of artworks in Leeuwin's Art Series range, a guided wine tasting with matched seasonal foods and a private cooking demonstration featuring local produce.
Vasse Felix Winery,
Discover Margaret River's first wine estate, Vasse Felix. Go on a behind-the-scenes journey into the winemaking process and have a private tasting. Enjoy the regional flavours of the Vasse Felix Restaurant and learn the art of food and wine matching. Explore the on-site art gallery, gardens and sculpture walk.
From the Cape Dutch-style architecture and spectacular gardens, to the impressive Wine Room and award-winning restaurant, Margaret River's Voyager Estate is an inspiring winery. Take a tour of the estate in the winery's open-air bus, finishing with a guided wine tasting or lunch in the restaurant.
Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre,
Barossa, South Australia
The Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre is the home of the Jacob's Creek wine brand in the heart of the Barossa. Relax with a picnic under the shade of a river red gum or take a food and wine masterclass. Enjoy a vineyard tour, wine tasting and two-course lunch. Hone your sensory skills in an interactive tasting workshop. Or roll up your sleeves for a cooking class after picking produce from the kitchen garden at Jacob's Estate Cottages.
Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine each year. Take a historic tour of one of Australia's most renowned wineries. Tour the Centennial Cellar and taste a tawny port, made in your birth year, directly from the barrel. Explore the contemporary craft and design studio on site and dine on local produce at FINO restaurant, in the original 1900s bottling hall.
St Hugo, Barossa,
You'll drive through one of only Australia's few cork tree plantations as you enter St Hugo. Enjoy a lunch, tour and tasting. Meet the chef and enjoy an eight-course dining experience matched with St Hugo's wines. Or take a scenic helicopter flight over the Barossa followed by a tasting of old vintages and special blends, an estate tour and lunch with paired wines.
ADELAIDE HILLS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door,
Magill, South Australia
Penfolds Grange is widely regarded as Australia's greatest wine. Immerse yourself in the history, philosophy and spirit of this world-famous brand on a historical tour of Penfolds Magill Estate. See the fascinating underground tunnels, original cottage and heritage-listed bluestone cellars, before tasting your way through the famous Penfolds premium collection and dining in the award-winning restaurant.
The Lane Vineyard,
Hahndorf, South Australia
Lots of winery experiences are on offer at The Lane. Enjoy a wine flight at a hilltop table in the middle of the vineyard, or do a barrel room masterclass to learn the impact of oak on wine. Blend your own wine or take a scenic helicopter tour to see the rolling Adelaide Hills from above. Enjoy locally sourced produce at the Lane Vineyard Restaurant, where wine tasting, long lunches and rambling views take centre stage.
MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
At d'Arenberg traditional winemaking processes are maintained with wines made in small batches and grapes basket-pressed. Reds are traditionally fermented and foot treading is still used. Taste wines at the new, quirky Cube tasting room and immersive art gallery. Take on the role of winemaker by blending and naming your own wine at the Blending Bench. Enjoy wine tasting masterclasses and cheese plates and spectacular vineyard views at d’Arry's Verandah, one of South Australia's most highly awarded restaurants. You can also choose a full day experience flying over McLaren Vale wine region and beaches in an open cockpit biplane before playing winemaker and enjoying an eight-course degustation menu.
Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale,
One of McLaren Vale's most loved wineries, renowned for its hero Church Block red wine blend, Wirra Wirra offers a range of immersive experiences. Go on a discovery tour of McLaren Vale's produce and red wine varietals. Enjoy a sausage making class, wine tasting and Aussie barbecue. Try an in-depth shiraz experience in which you'll learn about barrel ageing and taste Wirra Wirra shiraz matched with a regional chocolate platter. Or make a full day of it and enjoy a blending class, structured wine tasting and lunch of regional produce, as well as doing the silly things for which Wirra Wirra is famous, such as hurling watermelons from a giant catapult.
HUNTER VALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
New South Wales
In the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, Audrey Wilkinson offers 360-degree views of the Hunter Valley. Meet the winemaker and enjoy a behind-the-scenes winery tour. Visit the museum housed in the historic old winery and enjoy a picnic overlooking the vines. You can extend your vineyard experience by staying in one of two guest cottages on the property.
DE BORTOLI YARRA VALLEY ESTATE
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate,
Yarra Valley, Victoria
See how premium wine is made on a behind-the-scenes tour, sample the latest vintages at the cellar door and taste beautifully matured cheese from the cheese ageing room at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate. The on-site restaurant, Locale, reflects the family's rich Italian heritage and matches local produce with quality estate-grown wines. Take a self-drive Yarra Valley Wine and Wildlife tour, combining visits to Healesville Sanctuary, De Bortoli and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA
MONTALTO VINEYARD & OLIVE GROVE
Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove,
Red Hill South, Victoria
Explore the olive grove, kitchen garden, sculpture walk and wetlands at the stunning Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove. Experience Montalto's estate-to-plate philosophy at a three-course lunch in the French-inspired Montalto Restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the rolling vine-covered hills. Or go for the ultimate golf and wine package, in which you can play 18 holes at Australia's renowned National Golf Club followed by a feast matched with fine wines hosted by Montalto's winemaker.
Lots of immersive experiences is available at the trailblazing Brown Brothers winery, where four generations of the Brown family have experimented with a wide range of grape varieties. Enjoy a tour, tasting and three-course lunch with matched wines. Embark on a gourmet discovery day in which you gain in-depth insights into winemaking. Tour the working winery and historic buildings. Or take part in a guided tasting session, make your own blend and feast on a gourmet three-course lunch with matched wines.
King Valley, Victoria
Taste an array of Italian wine varieties such as pinot grigio, arneis, prosecco, sangiovese and nebbiolo at the cellar door and enjoy a cooking class at the A tavola! Cooking School. The Pizzini family hosts exciting food and wine events throughout the year at the cellar door.
NAGAMBIE LAKES REGION, VICTORIA
Tahbilk is one of Australia's oldest and most beautiful family-owned wineries with striking original buildings and underground cellars dating back to the 1860s and some of the world's oldest Shiraz and Marsanne vines. Take a guided winery tour to learn how Tahbilk combines modern winemaking techniques with traditional fermentation in historic vats. Do a wine blending workshop and take your bottle home. Or have a three-course lunch paired with current and mature wines at the Wetlands Café and enjoy a guided walk along the wetlands trail to learn about endangered species preservation and how the wetlands have impacted the wines.
STRATHBOGIE RANGES, VICTORIA
Learn about the winemaking process on a private tour of family-owned Fowles Wine, perched high on a hill overlooking the Strathbogie Ranges. Take a tour of the historic homestead of Killeen Station, which supplies the free-range lamb for Fowles Wine Cellar Door Café. Enjoy a wine and game pairing lunch with the winery's Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch and Are you Game wines, the world's first wines crafted to match wild game.
Josef Chromy Wines,
Tamar Valley, Tasmania
Taste wines and enjoy a winery lunch at Josef Chromy cellar door and restaurant, which overlooks vineyards, old English gardens, and a picturesque lake. Learn how traditional sparkling wine is made then work with the winemaking team to produce your own bottle of sparkling wine. Try fly fishing and learn the art of fly casting. Or take a scenic helicopter flight over the Tamar wine region before a guided wine tasting.
Moorilla cellar door,
Mona, Hobart, Tasmania
Moorilla Estate offers an exciting combination of wine, food, art and luxury accommodation. The estate shares a site with the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), which houses Australia's largest private art collection. Stay in the modern, luxurious Mona Pavilions, dine on the French-inspired cuisine of The Source restaurant, enjoy shared plates in the Moorilla Wine Bar or eat at the more casual Mona café. Bespoke combinations of all the above, including a behind-the-scenes winery tour, are all possible.
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