Australia is a truly fascinating place. Surrounded by two major oceans, it is home for every kind of scenery you can imagine. From the ancient tropical rainforests of the north, hot and dry deserts of the interior, to the alpine snow peaks around Australian Capital Territory and the mild climate of the southeast, there is something for every passerby.
One of the most significant parts of Australia is its remarkable wine regions. You can find them in various locations all around the Down Under. If you are a real wine enthusiast, you should check out some of these places.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
You will reach this charming destination if you take a two-hour car drive north from Sydney. Famous for its excellent cuisine and fine wine, Hunter Valley attracts many tourists from all around the world. And there are many reasons to come to this delightful spot.
It is a unique experience to spend the weekend in some of the many cottages, snuggled between hills, vineyards and creeks. The pleasure is even bigger if you find the courage and get on a ride in a hot air balloon over the valley. The flight over such a picturesque landscape during the sunset is an experience you will never forget.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Yarra Valley is Victoria’s ultimate destination for anyone who wants to get away from the everyday responsibilities and rest in a cozy ambiance. If you appreciate a delicious meal, fine wine, and a relaxed atmosphere, it is recommendable to look for a renowned winery near Melbourne.
You don’t have to go far away from the city to find your perfect spot. Olivigna Winery provides perfect accommodation just 23 kilometers outside of Melbourne. This beautiful Italian escape spreads over 20 acres of perfect Mediterranean landscaping. You can spend your evenings tasting some fine Australian wines, enjoying the estate-grown and homemade bread and pasta, or even taking part in an Italian cooking class.
The Adelaide Hills, South Australia
More than half of all Australian wineries are located in South Australia. So you can say that everything in this area revolves around the taste of wine. This famous South Australian wine region is very easy to reach because of its vicinity to Adelaide.
The beautiful green hills are home to some of the most recognizable Australian wines, like still and sparkling Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and the mineral apple-like Riesling. There is something for everyone’s taste, so make sure to pay a visit to some of around 50 cellar doors for the exceptional wine experience.
Tamar Valley, Tasmania
Among many other interesting things you can do in the Tamar Valley, visiting its wine route is something you must not overlook. Located around Launceston, the second largest Tasmanian city, its vineyards spread all the way to the Bass Strait. This wine route was proclaimed as “one of the Top 10 wine routes in the world” by the Essential Travel magazine.
Tasmania’s cool climate provides some of the best Australian wines like Tamar Ridge Riesling, Pepik Pinot Noir, and Bay of Fires Chardonnay. It is highly recommended to combine your wine tasting experience with experiencing some of the local specialties, like truffles, abalone, pork, or a local cheese platter.
Visiting Australia is a real adventure for every sense of your body. So after all the enjoyment you get from the warmth of the sun, smell of the ocean, diversity of the wildlife, and the beautiful taste of Australia’s cuisine, make sure to end your day with a glass of fine Australian wine.