Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia
Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is a collection of premium award-winning wineries offering diverse experiences beyond the cellar door.
By Sue Gough Henly
Australia has more than 2,400 wineries in 65 wine regions around the country. These regions grow more than 100 grape varieties that end up in the more than 30 million glasses of Australian wine consumed around the world every day. Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is a consortium of high-end, award-winning wineries offering behind-the-scenes wine, food and adventure experiences including barrel, private and structured tastings, food and wine matching, wine blending and cooking classes and picnics in spectacular locations. There are also easy-to-follow wine trail itineraries with suggestions from locals as to how to best explore Australia's wine regions.
Explore Australia's ultimate winery experiences by location:
- Margaret River, Western Australia
- Swan Valley, Western Australia
- Barossa, South Australia
- Adelaide Hills, South Australia
- McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Hunter Valley, New South Wales
- Orange, New South Wales
- Yarra Valley, Victoria
- Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
- King and Alpine Valleys, Victoria
- Nagambie Lakes Region, Victoria
- Tamar Valley, Tasmania
- Hobart, Tasmania
- Mount Cotton, Queensland
Margaret River, Western Australia
Leeuwin Estate, located three hours from Perth in the Margaret River, holds events throughout the year, including 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 Tasting 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 7 course tasting menu lunch with matching wine.
Discover Margaret River's founding 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.
Margaret River's Voyager Estate invites visitors to immerse yourself in a journey from the vineyard to the table. Tour the Estate to taste wine straight from the barrel and see the underground barrel cellar before indulging in a true degustation. In the stunning cellar door, surrounded by pristine gardens, take a private tasting that offers a fun and interactive way to learn more about wine.
Swan Valley, Western Australia
Located beside the magnificent Swan River, Mandoon Estate has developed a reputation as one of the region's best wineries and most popular destinations. As well as the cellar door that showcases the Estate’s range of award-winning fine wines, the picturesque grounds are also home to a microbrewery and casual dining venue, fine dining restaurant Wild Swan, a gourmet deli and beer garden, as well as a contemporary art gallery. Luxury accommodation is available onsite at The Colony, 32 spacious rooms and suites overlooking a beautiful section of the Swan River and the property's original verdelho vineyard.
Barossa, South Australia
Seppeltsfield is considered 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.
You'll drive through one of Australia's only few cork tree plantations as you enter St Hugo. Awaken your senses whilst being guided through a journey of wine discovery,
showcasing how glassware influences the taste and enjoyment of St Hugo wines with the Riedel Masterclass or explore the connection between wine and food with the Chef’s Table experience, hosted in the beautiful historical surroundings of the Jacob’s Family Estate.
Established in 1849, by Samuel Smith a British migrant, Yalumba takes its name from the Aboriginal meaning ‘All the land around’ and is Australia’s most historic family-owned winery. Yalumba’s magnificent estate is located near the town of Angaston in South Australia’s Eden Valley in the Barossa region, a scenic one-hour drive from Adelaide. Oak barrels, family artefacts and artworks line the walls of the famous Wine Room where passionate Wine Room Ambassadors introduce visitors to the wines and many stories of Yalumba.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Penfolds Magill Estate
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, located just 15 minutes from Adelaide in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. 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.
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, or take on the role of winemaker by blending and naming your own wine at the Blending Bench followed by lunch at d’Arry's Verandah, one of South Australia's most highly awarded restaurants.
Gemtree's 306 acres of vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic. The sustainably-built Cellar Door takes in elevated views over McLaren Vale to the ocean beyond. Located at the cellar door is the Gemtree Biodynamic Hut, an informal interactive experience that provides visitors with a deeper understanding of biodynamic viticulture, while nearby the 1-kilometre (half-mile) Gemtree Ecotrail, a meandering path through 10 hectares (25 acres) of regenerated natural bushland, offers visitors a connection to the surrounding land that inspires Gemtree's guiding philosophies.
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. 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 astructured wine tasting, winery and vineyard tour, and lunch of regional produce.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
In the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, Audrey Wilkinson offers 360-degree views of the Hunter Valley, a two-hour drive from Sydney. 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.
Brokenwood has been one of the Hunter Valley's standout wineries for over 40 years. A sleek cellar door offers unique tasting 'pods,' a spacious terrace with valley views and private tasting and dining rooms. Take your experience a step further with either a self-guided food and wine matching experience, or indulge in a fully guided tour of the winery and tutored wine and food matching session.
Discover 160 years of winemaking experience with a trip to Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley winery. Visit the cellar door and taste some award winning wines, take a tour and experience first hand the old oak vats and historic red cellar still in full operation. See the original iron bark hut that Edward Tyrrell lived in and taste Australia’s most awarded white wine, Vat 1 Semillon, with its vines first planted in 1923.
Orange, New South Wales
Live the ‘high life’ at 5-star Printhie Wines, where elevated vineyards combined with cool climate craftsmanship produces impeccable wines in picturesque countryside.
Set amongst rolling hills, quintessential farming sheds and dams, cradled in the protective shade of magnificent Mt Canobolas guests can enjoy a tasting in The Packing Shed; a gourmet picnic amongst vineyards and the heritage apple orchard; or go beyond the cellar door with an intimate Sparkling Masterclass where you can uncover the process behind Printhie’s award-winning sparkling wines.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate
See how premium wine is made on a behind-the-scenes tour and and sample the latest vintages at the cellar door at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, a one-hour drive from Melbourne. 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
Explore the olive grove, kitchen garden, sculpture walk and wetlands at stunning Montalto, a one-hour drive south from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Experience Montalto's estate-to-plate philosophy with a guided estate tour followed by lunch at the Montalto Restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the rolling vine-covered hills. Or, for a more casual option, enjoy a shared lunch with a glass of Montalto wine in the beautiful Piazza.
Pt. Leo Estate
Pt. Leo Estate is a visual feast with art, rolling vineyards and ocean views decorating the landscape.
Onsite, explore the striking Cellar Door, Wine Terrace or ‘Laura’, Pt. Leo Estate's renowned fine dining restaurant. Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park is a 16-acre outdoor gallery housing over 60 large format Australian and International works of art that John and Pauline Gandel have been collecting over many years. The park is the largest privately-owned Sculpture Park in Australia and sits with only a handful of similar outdoor galleries across the globe.
King and Alpine Valleys, Victoria
Lots of immersive experiences are available at the trailblazing Brown Brothers winery, where four generations of the Brown family have experimented with a wide range of grape varieties. Chill out in your very own private Prosecco Lounge where you can taste your way through the entire Brown Brothers’ Prosecco range as you indulge in a gourmet spread of freshly baked sweets and pastries, local Milawa cheeses, house-made delicacies, terrines and seasonal fruits. Or Join the chefs in the kitchen garden and help forage for produce to include in your exclusively designed lunch menu, perfectly matched to Brown Brothers wine. Brown Brothers is located just under three hours from Melbourne.
Surrounded by spectacular alpine scenery about a three-hour drive from Melbourne, Pizzini Wines is a family-owned winery specialising in the production of if Italian wine varieties such as pinot grigio, arneis, prosecco, sangiovese and nebbiolo. The A tavola! Cooking School, run by Katrina Pizzini, offers a range of cooking classes throughout the year and the Pizzini family regularly host exciting food and wine events at the cellar door. Enjoy an Italian style grazing platterin the garden, an overnight wine and food escape or a private cooking class with friends.
Feathertop Winery is located in Porepunkah in the beautiful Victorian Alpine Region. With boutique accommodation, a charming cellar door and a variety of wine experiences – including their Pedal and Picnic and Behind the Wines and Vines - this picturesque winery has become a popular destination for visitors to this beautiful region. Luxury boutique accommodation is available onsite for couples in the Mt Buffalo View Apartment or groups in the Peggy Adelaide Suite.
Nagambie Lakes Region, Victoria
Tahbilk, about two hours north of Melbourne, 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 lunch with a glass of wine at the Wetlands’ View Restaurant and enjoy a guided walk along the wetlands trail to learn about endangered species preservation and how the wetlands have impacted the wines.
Tamar Valley, Tasmania
Josef Chromy Wines
Taste wines and enjoy a winery lunch at Josef Chromy cellar door and restaurant, which overlooks vineyards, old English gardens, and a picturesque lake just south of Launceston. 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 enjoy a leisurely lunch and wine tasting.
Moorilla 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 vineyard tour, are all possible.
Mount Cotton, Queensland
Sirromet, Mount Cotton
Sirromet’s state of the art facilities provide food and wine lovers with a variety of immersive experiences just a 30-minute drive from Brisbane. From tours of the fully operating winery, tastings at the buzzing cellar door, or relaxed al fresco fare at the Tuscan Terrace, Sirromet is a destination in itself, set against breathtaking natural scenery overlooking Moreton Bay. Extend your visit with an overnight stay at onsite luxury glamping accommodation, Sanctuary by Sirromet.