There is a unique serenity to sunrise over grapevines.
The distant sun casts its rays through the branches and leaves, illuminating the colours of the vineyard as the deep dark of the night sky gives way to the gradual radiance of morning.
Many viticulturists and winemakers will tell you that this is their favourite time, the pain of an early start instantly forgotten as they witness the break of day in the vineyard.
For those who, so far, have had to make do with romantic pictures of misty vines lit up by shards of sunlight we have good news - there has never been more variety or more opportunity to awaken among the rolling hills of Australia’s glorious wine regions.
In Margaret River, Cape Lodge is located on its own vineyard in amongst manicured parkland and lakes, in the heart of this beautiful wine region. Offering accommodation in 22 secluded rooms and a five-bedroom luxury residence as well as an award-winning on site restaurant, Cape Lodge suits travellers looking for a private, stylish and sophisticated retreat, while enjoying the food, wine and remarkable scenery that the region is known for.
Accommodation at Cape Lodge is included in the Ultimate Overnight Experience which features private transfers from Perth and exclusive behind-the-scenes winery experiences at Vasse Felix, Voyager Estate and Leeuwin Estate.
In the famous Barossa Valley wine region, home to numerous renowned wineries, including Seppeltsfield, St Hugo and Jacob’s Creek, visitors can enjoy luxury accommodation at idyllic vineyard retreat, The Louise. Overlooking acres of vines, The Louise offers mesmerising views of the Barossa in an intimate setting, the perfect base from which to plan your Barossa winery experience.
Often referred to as the ‘land of the long lunch’, the warm Adelaide Hills hospitality and a wealth of fine dining options provide the perfect excuse to extend your visit and enjoy vineyard accommodation. Mt Lofty House is nestled between two onsite vineyards and manicured gardens with views across the Adelaide Hills. With first class facilities and a variety of accommodation options, Mt Lofty House is the ideal base to explore the region.
In Victoria’s stunning King Valley, The Mountain View Hotel is a boutique gastro-pub situated in Whitfield. The hotel, surrounded by beautiful established gardens, sits alongside Jessie's Creek and is a stone’s throw from the picturesque vineyards of the King Valley.
Accommodation at the Mountain View Hotel is included in Pizzini Wines Overnight Wine and Food Escape that incorporates a cooking class and private tasting at Pizzini followed by a four course dinner with matching Pizzini wines and accommodation at the Mountain View Hotel.
Perched 12km north of Hobart, the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA, houses not only Moorilla Estate's vineyard and winery, world-class restaurant The Source and a host of on-site dining options, but also provides on-site accommodation in the form of the stunningly luxurious and hi-tech MONA Pavilions. Each pavilion is named after an Australian architect or artist and has a kitchen, laundry, wine fridge, wireless touch panels (climate, lighting, info and entertainment), wireless internet access, safe, phone and security camera. Accommodation in the MONA Pavilions forms part of the Moorilla Sleepover at MONA experience.
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For a truly authentic overnight vineyard experience, a stay at Audrey Wilkinson’s private vineyard cottage in the Hunter Valley, surrounded by Pokolbin’s oldest vines, is an absolute must. Guests are greeted with a bottle of wine on arrival and a breakfast hamper for the first morning. 360 degree views, numerous walking trails and a private wine tasting at the cellar door complete the package.
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