7 Incredible Wine Experiences Across Australia

Find cellar doors, paddock-to-plate restaurants and artisanal grocery stores on these gourmet getaways. 7 Incredible Wine Experiences Across Australia
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7 Incredible Wine Experiences Across Australia

Find cellar doors, paddock-to-plate restaurants and artisanal grocery stores on these gourmet getaways.


With about 130 grape varieties, grown across 60 designated wine regions, Australia has quickly established itself as a go-to destination for wine lovers. Whether you're a wine connoisseur, or still learning your Pinot Gris from your Pinot Noir, these are seven of the best wine experiences the country has to offer.

See Australia's Wineries in Action

Drink Biodynamic Wines in the Margaret River    

The Margaret River wine region is three hours drive south of Perth and produces 20 per cent of Australia's premium wine. Cullen is a family name synonymous with the region. The Cullens planted their first vines in 1971 and Vanya Cullen, a second-generation winemaker, holds a strong commitment to organic and biodynamic winemaking techniques. "I really want to bring a sense of the land to the glass,"  Vanya says. The winery is most famous for its Kevin John Chardonnay, named after Vanya's father. The restaurant, just beyond the cellar door, is a wholesome and gastronomic affair. The large kitchen garden grows herbs, vegetables and bush tucker that inspire executive chef Iain Robertson's daily dishes. Long wooden tables on the veranda overlook the vines, and on sunny days, tables are set up on the lawn just a few metres from the trellises. Cullen Wines offers private tours and tastings in which you can learn more about the biodynamic gardens, vineyards and wine. 

Flavours of Italy in Victoria's High Country

In the High Country of north-east Victoria, a three hour drive from Melbourne, the King Valley is a little slice of Italy Down Under. This region was once tobacco country, but over the past 30 years has become renowned for its wines made from alternative grape varieties, many of them crafted by Italian families that have lived in the region for generations. The pre-eminent wineries here include Pizzini, Dal Zotto and Chrismont, producing Italian varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo. When you walk into Dal Zotto's cellar door – home to Australia’s first commercial Prosecco – you will usually be greeted by a family member, and may be invited to enjoy a game of bocce after your wine tasting. On weekends visitors can enjoy a traditional Italian meal at Dal Zotto Trattoria, where Nonna Elena creates antipasti and delicious handmade pasta. 

Flavours of Italy in Victoria's High Country

In the High Country of north-east Victoria, a three hour drive from Melbourne, the King Valley is a little slice of Italy Down Under. This region was once tobacco country, but over the past 30 years has become renowned for its wines made from alternative grape varieties, many of them crafted by Italian families that have lived in the region for generations. The pre-eminent wineries here include PizziniDal Zotto and Chrismont, producing Italian varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo. When you walk into Dal Zotto's cellar door – home to Australia’s first commercial Prosecco – you will usually be greeted by a family member, and may be invited to enjoy a game of bocce after your wine tasting. On weekends visitors can enjoy a traditional Italian meal at Dal Zotto Trattoria, where Nonna Elena creates antipasti and delicious handmade pasta. 

Paddock to Plate in the Shoalhaven 

Tucked away down a quiet country lane on the South Coast of New South Wales, Cupitt's Winery and Cupitt’s Kitchen sit among picturesque vineyards, with outstanding views of Burrill Lake. The restaurant – a 3 ½ hour drive south of Sydney – offers the opportunity to dine on a working farm, enjoying the bounty of fresh, seasonal produce such as black Angus cattle and boutique cheeses, all paired with Cupitt's award-winning wine. Make an appointment to tour the underground “cave”, and sample directly from the barrels. The property also hosts a number of food-focused events throughout the year, from long table lunches to local growers markets, held on the grounds on the last Saturday of every month. Stay overnight in the luxurious Bannisters by the Sea or Bannister Pavilion, both in the seaside town of Mollymook.

Visit one of the Hunter Valley's Most Renowned Winiries

The Hunter Valley wine region is a two hour drive north of Sydney and known for its unique styles of Semillon and Shiraz. The region has been making wine since 1828 and boasts countless cafés and restaurants as well as about 120 cellar doors, including Tyrrell's Wines, whose Vat 1 Semillon is acknowledged as one of the world's best. Tyrrell's offers daily winery tours through its new and old winery (built in 1864), as well as private group tastings that include wines from its premium collection, the Winemaker's Selection. Make a weekend of it and book a night's stay at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, which offers premium accommodation and breathtaking vineyard views. 

Taste History with a Wine from your Birth Year 

The Barossa Valley, an hour drive north of Adelaide, is known for its gutsy wines, particularly reds made from Shiraz and Grenache grapes, grown on some of the world's oldest surviving vines. The region is home to more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries. Seppeltsfield was established in 1851 and is often praised for its fortified wines, some of which date back over a century. The winery offers a number of unique experiences, including the Seppeltsfield Segway Tour around the property's stunning gardens and heritage listed buildings, or the popular Taste Your Birth Year Tour. Accommodating groups of 10 in Seppeltsfield's 100-year-old Centennial Cellar, the Taste Your Birth Year Tour provides the rare opportunity to taste a tawny port straight from the barrel made the year you were born. While you're visiting the Barossa Valley drop into Maggie Beer's Farm Shop for a taste of her gourmet pantry essentials.

A Pop of Sparkling From the Yarra's Legendary Champagne House 

Some of the most influential winemakers in Australia can be found in the Yarra Valley, an hour drive from Melbourne. Known for its sparkling wines, stellar Chardonnay and outstanding Pinot Noir varieties, the Yarra Valley was first planted with grapes back in 1838, just three years after Melbourne was founded. Today the wine region has more than 70 wineries, including Domaine Chandon, one of Australia's leading producers of sparkling wines and the only Australian winery founded by the legendary champagne house Moet & Chandon. The winery offers tastings of a range of its most popular sparkling wines, as well as lunch packages at its on-site restaurant, Greenpoint Brasserie. Other wineries you may like to explore nearby include OakridgeDe BortoliTarraWarra Estate and Yering Station

Make Your Own Vintage in the Barossa Valley 

Set among rolling hills, boutique hotel The Louise, and its restaurant, Appellation, offer some of Barossa Valley's best accommodation and dining. Executive Chef Ryan Edwards sources 85 per cent of the produce he uses from the Barossa Valley and South Australia, in addition to baking bread on site and curing smallgoods. Guests of The Louise have the opportunity to take part in a number of culinary experiences, including a picnic breakfast in a nearby conservation park, surrounded by families of kangaroos. Cooking classes can also be arranged, as well as a hands-on tutorials on blending grape varietals. While in the Barossa Valley be sure to visit established wineries such as Jacob's CreekSeppeltsfield and Chateau Tanunda. If you're looking for a winery closer to Adelaide, Penfolds Magill Estate is only 15 minutes drive from the city. 

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