Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia

Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia

Australia has more than 2,400 wineries dotted amongst 65 wine regions around the country. Australia’s wine regions produce more than 100 different grape varieties and over 30 million glasses of Australian wine are consumed worldwide every day. Australia is home to some of the oldest vines in the world, dating back to the 1850s.

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

These wineries are not simply venues to taste and purchase wine. They offer restaurants, events, art, as well as exciting behind the scenes tours, private tastings, wine education and gastronomy, all in some of Australia’s most spectacular locations.



Margaret River, Western Australia


Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

Leeuwin Estate



Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate is located at Margaret River in Western Australia, one of the world’s premium wine regions. Margaret River is most renowned for its white wines, especially its Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon blends. Leeuwin Estate has earned an international reputation for producing outstanding wines. It produces chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Riesling and Semillon varieties.

Leeuwin released its first commercial vintage in 1979 and quickly attracted international attention. Leeuwin now exports to more than 30 countries.

The Leeuwin ‘Art Series’ wine labels have become famous. Wander through the estate’s art gallery to see the more than 100 paintings from Australia's leading contemporary artists that have been commissioned to feature on the labels. Visit the cellar door for an intimate and informal food and wine matching experience. Tour the winemaking process and sample the wines.

Enjoy the regional cuisine and spectacular scenery at the award-winning Leeuwin Restaurant, where rolling vineyards sit against a backdrop of ocean and forest. Special events are held throughout the year, including cooking classes, wine dinners and an annual alfresco summer concert series.

Leeuwin Estate is approximately a three-hour drive from the Perth CBD. For a memorable experience you can also take a 45-minute scenic charter flight from Perth to Leeuwin’s private airstrip.

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Voyager Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

Voyager Estate



Voyager Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

Voyager Estate



Voyager Estate

Located in the south-west corner of Western Australia, Margaret River is one of Australia’s largest and most distinctive wine regions. Its soils, microclimate, aspect, and maritime influences are the ideal characteristics for creating wines that are amongst the world’s best.

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. From its beginning, Voyager Estate’s vision has been to deliver a wine experience not previously seen in Margaret River.

Sensitive winemaking techniques have been at the heart of Voyager Estate’s winemaking philosophy for more than 20 years, creating its reputation for elegant balance and complex wines of great character. Voyager Estate predominantly focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Merlot varieties. It is also home to Australia’s largest underground barrel cellar.

At Voyager Estate’s Wine Room you’ll discover new wines and learn about the winemaking process. Take a tour of the Estate in the winery’s open-air bus, finishing with a guided wine-tasting or lunch in the restaurant. The grounds feature stunning gardens and lawns, in keeping with the Estate’s South African Cape Dutch style.

Voyager Estate’s restaurant showcases the property’s magnificent architecture, with soaring ceilings, antique wooden furniture, open fireplaces, brass chandeliers and custom-designed Dutch-inspired crockery. The menu changes seasonally with ingredients sourced from local food producers. Morning and afternoon teas are also served seven days a week.

Margaret River is approximately 270 kilometres or three hours’ drive from Perth.

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Barossa Valley, South Australia


Jacob’s Creek, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Jacob’s Creek



Jacob’s Creek, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Jacob’s Creek



Jacob’s Creek

The Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre is the home of the Jacob’s Creek wine brand and is situated in Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa Valley South Australia and is just one hours drive from the centre of Adelaide. It has been recognised as a leading wine tourism site in Australia and was entered into the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame in 2010 for winning Best Major Tourist Attraction three years in a row, it was also awarded at the 2011 Australian Tourism Awards, Best Tourism Restaurant and Best Tourism Winery.

The centre offers a memorable culinary tourism experience with a tempting combination of food and wine, and sweeping views of vineyards and hills. The stunning building features benchmark environmental design, based on principles of sustainability, recycling and energy conservation.

Jacob’s Creek was the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard. It takes its name from the river along which it was originally located. Today the winery produces Shiraz, Sauvignon, Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Merlot and Chardonnay varieties.

Call in at the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre for a relaxed lunch matching food and wine in the award-winning Jacob’s Restaurant. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck that overlooks a panorama of vineyards and the Barossa Range. Learn more about grape growing and winemaking on a tour of the vineyard. Join a cooking class or have a picnic on the banks of Jacob’s Creek.

The Barossa Valley is approximately one hour’s drive from Adelaide.



 

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Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa valley, South Australia

Seppeltsfield Winery



Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa valley, South Australia

Seppeltsfield Winery



Seppeltsfield Winery

With a proud legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield is an iconic Australian wine estate.

The rich heritage of Seppeltsfield is an important part of any visit to this magnificent estate. The winery and village restoration is true to the vision of the founders Joseph and son Benno Seppelt. The historic 1888-built Gravity Flow Winery, built into the hillside on a series of terraces, is back in use today. The winery specialises in Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Shiraz, Touriga, Sangiovese, Nero Davalo and Palomino varieties.

Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine each year. It is famous for its Centennial Collection – an unbroken lineage of every vintage from 1878 to the current year. On the Seppeltsfield Centenary Tour you can visit the Seppeltsfield Centennial Cellar and taste a tawny port made in your birth year directly from the barrel. Sample the fine reds from the Gravity Flow Winery, and the renowned 100-year-old vintage port.

You can see inside the cooperage where the barrels are made, explore the heritage gardens, or sample a German-style beer at the traditional kiosk in the picnic grounds.



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Adelaide Hills, South Australia


Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Penfolds Magill Estate



Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Penfolds Magill Estate



Penfolds Magill Estate

The Adelaide Hills is Australia's most vibrant cool climate wine region, acknowledged internationally for its distinctive premium wines, viticulture and stunning scenery.

Penfolds has been a prominent figure since the early days of Australian wine-making, and has an international reputation for producing wines of the highest quality.

The historic and heritage-listed Magill Estate Vineyard was established in 1844 by Dr Christopher Rawson and Mary Penfold just eight years after the foundation of Adelaide.

It was originally known as the Grange Vineyard, named after their new homestead ‘The Grange’, a cottage which still stands intact today amongst the vines. In later years, this vineyard would inspire and supply fruit for Penfolds Grange, widely regarded as Australia’s greatest wine. The vineyard was first planted with grenache from cuttings taken from the South of France.

This winery exudes the charm and character of its founders, whose pioneering spirit brought their family name into the homes of Australians more than 165 years ago.

Today the winery produces Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Traminer, Pinot Gris, Tempranillo, Viognier, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Riesling, Merlot, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc varieties.

Immerse yourself in the history, philosophy and spirit of the Australian wine industry on an historical tour of Penfolds Magill Estate. See the fascinating underground tunnels, original cottage and the heritage-listed bluestone cellars, before tasting your way through the famous Penfolds premium collection.

The Adelaide Hills wine region is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges approximately 15 minutes drive from the Adelaide CBD.

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McLaren Vale, South Australia


d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, South Australia

d’Arenberg



d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, South Australia

d’Arenberg



d’Arenberg

Nestled between rolling hills and a picturesque coastline, McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate has created ideal conditions for grape-growing. The Shiraz grape is the most important variety grown in the region, accounting for about half of the region’s production. The climate and soil produce intense flavoured fruit and wine with a deep purple colour that can last decades in the bottle.

Established in 1912, d’Arenberg is one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale. By the 1970s d’Arenberg wines had gained a significant national and international profile.

At d’Arenberg the traditional winemaking processes of the past have been maintained. Wines are made in small batches and capture the true flavour of the McLaren Vale region. All grapes are basket-pressed. The reds are still traditionally fermented and the age-old technique of foot-treading is still used.

The vineyard’s d’Arry's Verandah Restaurant is one of South Australia’s most highly awarded restaurants, set on a picturesque hilltop adjoining the cellar door. Book a private tasting and enjoy an in-depth look at the traditional art of winemaking. At the Blending Bench you can play winemaker and blend and name your own wine to take home.

Walk or cycle along the old railway line between Willunga and Seaford. You’ll pass through vineyards, past wild olives and old gum trees and get a feel for this gorgeous countryside.

More than 50 wineries are dotted throughout the McLaren Vale region. About 270 independent grape growers can also be found here. McLaren Vale is approximately 35 kilometres south of Adelaide.

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Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Chapel Hill



Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Chapel Hill



Chapel Hill

McLaren Vale is a region rich in history. It is the birthplace of the South Australian wine industry with a unique heritage including some of the world’s oldest grape vines.

Chapel Hill takes its name from the historic ironstone chapel built on the property in 1865. It was previously a local church, then a parish school and now, it’s a distinguished cellar door and art gallery.

The Chapel Hill winery was established in 1973 following an extensive restoration of the old building. Today, Chapel Hill owns and operates 44 hectares of vineyards and purchases fruit from a select group of McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills vignerons.

The winery produces Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Rosé, Tempranillo, and Verdelho varieties.

There is on-site accommodation for up to 14 guests at The Retreat which has spectacular views across the Onkaparinga Gorge to the Gulf of St Vincent. The restaurant showcases regional McLaren Vale produce. You can join a cooking class or just relax by the open fire with a glass of award-winning wine.

The estate borders the beautiful Onkaparinga National Park. Paddle a canoe along the Onkaparinga River, South Australia’s second longest river, which flows into a magnificent gorge with soaring cliffs. There is excellent fishing in the estuary waters and a variety of walking trails ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. Along the Echidna Trail you’ll discover heritage-listed huts and ruins of houses that were built in the 1880s.

McLaren Vale is approximately 35 kilometres south of Adelaide.

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Hunter Valley, New South Wales


Wyndham Estate, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Wyndham Estate



Wyndham Estate, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Wyndham Estate



Wyndham Estate

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest producing wine region and Wyndham Estate is one of Australia’s oldest vineyards. Since planting Australia's first commercial Shiraz vineyard in 1830, Wyndham Estate has been dedicated to creating rich, robust, full flavoured wines. It exports to 65 countries and is internationally acclaimed around the world for shiraz and its many other wine varieties.

The historic winery sits on 100 hectares of vineyard and quiet countryside that fronts the beautiful Hunter River. Explore the Dalwood Heritage Trail meandering through the vineyards to the 180 year old house of one of Australia’s founding fathers of wine making, George Wyndham and learn about the Hunter River conservation project as you stroll along its parklike banks. You can join a wine tasting master class; or sample a broad selection of wines at the cellar door, including carefully aged back vintages. The Mediterranean-inspired Olive Tree Restaurant serves seasonal regional produce, complemented by views of the estate.

The Hunter Valley is approximately two hours’ drive north of Sydney.

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Audrey Wilkinson, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Audrey Wilkinson



Audrey Wilkinson, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Audrey Wilkinson



Audrey Wilkinson

The first vines in the Hunter Valley were planted by families in the 1820s, making it Australia’s oldest wine-growing region.

The Audrey Wilkinson winery dates back to 1866 when the Wilkinson family acquired the present vineyard site. The Wilkinson family were some of the pioneers of the Australian winemaking industry and established the winery after studying winemaking in France and Germany. The winery is named after Audrey Wilkinson, who inherited the vineyard at the age of 15 following the death of his father. Audrey was blessed with a wonderful sense of taste, and produced some of the finest wines in Australia. By the early 1900s, Audrey Wilkinson had collected awards around Australia for his Hock, Claret and fortified wines. Large quantities were exported to London.

Today the Audrey Wilkinson winery makes hand-made wines using state-of-the-art winemaking techniques. It produces award-winning Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Rosé, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz varieties.

Visit the on-site museum housed in the historic old winery, where the original vats and wine and barrel making equipment are on display.

There are also two guest cottages on-site offering accommodation for families or up to six couples to stay, relax and enjoy the privacy and spectacular beauty of the vineyard.

The Audrey Wilkinson vineyard is located in the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges with 360 degree views of the Hunter Valley. The cellar door is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. The Hunter Valley is approximately two hours’ drive north of Sydney.

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Yarra Valley, Victoria


De Bortoli, Yarra Valley, Victoria

De Bortoli



De Bortoli, Yarra Valley, Victoria

De Bortoli



De Bortoli

De Bortoli is where the family philosophy of sharing wine and food with family and friends has come together in a magnificent setting only ONE hour’s drive from Melbourne.

De Bortoli Wines was established in 1928 in Bilbul, New South Wales. Now into its fourth generation, the De Bortoli family have vineyards in Australia’s best-known wine regions including the Yarra Valley. Their Yarra Valley Estate is home to some of the oldest plantings in the valley, dating back to 1970. The family currently grow Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Semillon, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Merlot.

See how premium wine is made on a behind-the-scenes vineyard and winery tour and taste maturing wines from the barrel. Sample the best of the latest vintage at the cellar door and sample beautifully matured cheese from the Cheese shop that overlooks the picturesque vineyards.

The winery restaurant ‘Locale’ reflects the De Bortoli family’s rich Italian heritage. It is the perfect place to enjoy seasonal and local produce matched with quality estate grown wines.

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Tarrawarra Estate, Yarra Valley, Victoria

Tarrawarra Estate



Tarrawarra Estate, Yarra Valley, Victoria

Tarrawarra Estate



Tarrawarra Estate

Tarrawarra Estate is renowned as an unforgettable wine tasting and restaurant experience in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. The winery produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, Viognier, Rousanne and Marsanne varieties.

The striking modern architecture of the cellar door frames spectacular views of the vineyards, rolling farmlands and valley beyond. The first acres of vines were planted in 1983. Under the watchful eye of the winemaker, all of Tarrawarra’s wines are meticulously grown, hand-picked and aged on the estate. Tour the barrel room to learn about the estate’s history and winemaking processes.

Knowledgeable cellar door staff members are on hand to talk about their award-winning wines, which are also showcased in the restaurant and matched with seasonal produce fresh from the kitchen garden and local Yarra Valley farms. Enjoy lunch with wines chosen by the estate’s sommelier to complement the seasonal menu.

Tarrawarra Estate is located in the Yarra Valley, approximately a one hour drive north-east of Melbourne.

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Mornington Peninsula, Victoria


Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove



Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove



Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove

Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is a beautiful region with rolling hills, orchards, olive groves, historic mansions, and more than 200 vineyards. The natural topography and mild climate of the region is well suited to wine growing.

Montalto produces premium cool climate wine, specialising in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties. The estate is renowned for its welcoming ambience, relaxed Australian architecture, intimate cellar door, and the beauty of its grounds that include an olive grove, acclaimed restaurant and café, sculpture walk and wetlands.

The 1500 mature olive trees on the property produce cold pressed extra virgin olive oils, estate cured olives and olive tapenade. Their products are available only from the estate, and can be experienced at the cellar door.

Montalto is dedicated to wine education and its skilled and knowledgeable cellar door team is keen to tell you all about its wine, vineyards and winery. Experience Montalto’s ‘estate-to-plate’ philosophy at a three-course lunch in the French-inspired Montalto Restaurant, regarded as the peninsula's best.

The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one-hour south of Melbourne.

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Tasmania


Josef Chromy Wines, Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Josef Chromy Wines



Josef Chromy Wines, Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Josef Chromy Wines



Josef Chromy Wines, Tamar Valley

Josef Chromy Wines cellar door and restaurant is a stunning location to experience superb Tasmanian wines and fine cuisine made with fresh local produce.

Set among old English gardens and stands of 100-year-old oak trees, and overlooking a picturesque lake, winery and a vineyard, the winery is acclaimed as one of Australia’s Top 10. The cellar door is housed in the original 1880s homestead. There’s always a log fire burning and great views to take in while you taste a wide range of award-winning cool climate wines including Sparkling, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Botrytis Riesling and Ruby Pinot Port.

Josef Chromy, after who the winery is named, is renowned in the Tasmanian food and wine industry. He has a remarkable life story of coming to Australian from Europe in the 1950s. His vision was to create wine, food and an experience of exceptional quality.

Walk amongst the vines. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant which matches the best local regional produce with award-winning wines. For those with an adventurous spirit, learn the art of fly casting and gain an introduction to fly fishing, or fly over some of Tasmania’s iconic wilderness followed by leisurely lunch.

Josef Chromy Wines is located in the Tamar Valley, approximately a 15-minute drive south of Launceston.

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Moorilla Estate, Hobart, Tasmania

Moorilla Estate



Moorilla Estate, Hobart, Tasmania

Moorilla Estate



Moorilla Estate, Hobart

Moorilla Estate offers a rare and exciting combination of wine, food, art, and luxury accommodation, close to the Tasmanian capital of Hobart.

Moorilla is the newest winery built on Tasmania’s oldest vineyard. Small quantities of boutique cool-climate wines are produced on the estate, with varieties including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Merlot and Syrah.

Moorilla Estate shares a site with the thought-provoking Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which houses Australia’s largest private art collection. Stay overnight in the modern, luxurious MONA Pavilions, which are named after Australian architects and artists.

There’s an array of dining choices on site, from the French-inspired cuisine of The Source Restaurant, to shared plates in the Moorilla Wine Bar; and the more casual MONA café. Moo Brew beers are also produced onsite.

Moorilla is located on the Derwent River, 12 kilometres north of the city of Hobart. A delightful way to visit the winery is by catch the ferry from Hobart up the river.

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