Australia and New Zealand are having a moment, especially when it comes to wine. The industry has matured, and the wines coming out of prestigious large and small wineries are amongst the best on earth. There are approximately 2,500 wineries in Australia alone, and over 6,000 grape growers! There are passionate people behind each bottle of wine; behind every vine.
As long as wine lovers around the world insist on finding solid, original wines of expression, wine in the Australian continent will continue to thrive. Visiting the wine country is a memorable experience. Grapes grow in the most beautiful places, and, since there’s no better way to enjoy wine than visiting their source, we have put together a state by state list of wineries than not only make good wine but that are gorgeous places to visit and enjoy a sit down meal with stunning views.
Cold, refreshing breezes run through the Mornington Peninsula. The neatly aligned vines run as far as you can see. This is an elegant site to contemplate the art of growing grapes, and in Ten Minutes by Tractor, you’re in good hands. Wines made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay excel, and you can try them in the winery’s cellar door or during a nice meal at the restaurant on premise.
This farm is all about peace and quiet; all you hear is the wind birds singing over the vines at Levantine Hill. This winery makes masterful sparkling wines, but reds and whites are notable too. Try the sweet Estate Melange Botrytis wine and experience one of most luscious dessert wines in the country. Ezard Restaurant, within the winery, is a recognized restaurant in Victoria, and there’s more, you can take a helicopter tour to see the hilly Yarra Valley as you’ve never seen it before.
The massive, modern building that makes Oakridge winery and its restaurant is a monument worth a visit, and the surrounding green vineyards complete the picture. Everything from herbal, flinty Sauvignon Blanc to juicy Syrah is available to try at Oakridge’s cellar door and their award-winning restaurant.
You’ll find this spectacular place north of Brisbane. The young winery makes magnificent wines just a few miles from the Moreton Bay. The family-friendly estate has a dynamic cellar door, beautiful vineyards surrounded by nature, and a pretty restaurant in charge of the talented Chef Tony Tierney. Wines are splendid, especially the whites, and if you don’t feel like wine, they make beer too.
The Hunter Valley is a sight to behold; a paradisiac landscape tucked into the Great Dividing Range. Within lies Hungerford Hill. A beautiful winery with an even prettier vineyard. Check out the sculpture courtyard; it’s practically an open-air museum. The Epic Series comprises the winery’s best wines, amongst them, their Shiraz is contemplative and best enjoyed in the calm countryside.
This is a pretty-looking winery with astounding vineyards. A perfect place for weddings, Crooked River Wines is home to a fabulous restaurant and a friendly cellar door. Try something different, what about a pink Chardonnay or a bottle of Chambourcin? Good wine, knowledgeable staff, and a handsome setting a few miles south of Sydney.
Semillon, Shiraz, and Chardonnay vines thrive in Bimbadgen’s old vineyards. The fifteen hectares of vines planted on the Palmers Lane vineyard are an exquisite view, as they’re enveloped by fig trees in a rural background. The winery’s award-winning restaurant Esca is one of the most revered fine-dining scenarios in New South Wales.
Put on a jacket and visit the foggy vineyards at Clare Valley. Skillogalee Winery is a family-owned boutique winery that makes everything by hand; these are artisanal wines to seek. Riesling is the star of the show, but Gewurztraminer and their Cabernet - Malbec rosé are both beauties. Walk the vineyards, taste the wine, and have lunch at the on-site restaurant. If weather permits, eat alfresco on their lovely porch.
The Barossa Valley is a splendid natural area, the weather is warm and the gnarly vines that dot the landscape are centuries old. If you’re into wine, this is a mecca for full-bodied, fruity wines made from Shiraz. Walk along the Greenock creek and experience nature at a prime wine site. Relax at the cozy cellar door or restaurant and taste some of the finest wines in the state.
Adelaide is a lovely town to visit, and if you’re in the neighborhood, visit Penfolds Magill Estate. This place is stunning, not only the winery and the restaurant are world class, but the vineyards on Adelaide Hills, from which you get a view of the city, are without compare.
This grand estate, built in the style of European chateaus, is larger than life. The winery is impressive; its organic vineyards are excellent for a stroll and its gardens, from which they source many of the ingredients for their restaurant, is full of color. Try the Cabernet and the Chardonnay; they’re considered amongst the best in Margaret River.
Cullen is a legendary estate in Margaret River. Collectors covet their wines, and you can enjoy them in the gorgeous cellar door or their refined restaurant. Tour the winery and visit the two biodynamic fields: Cullen Estate Vineyard and the Cullen Mangan Vineyard. This place is so close to the coast that you can smell the lovely scent of the sea.
This is one of the founding wineries in the region, they have earned cult status, and that’s reason enough to pay a visit. Their Icon wines, Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon and Heytesbury Chardonnay, are expensive but well worth the price. The vineyards and cellar rooms are dramatic, and you can’t miss the art gallery, a perfect way to get inspired.
This peaceful place in Huon Valley, a few minutes south of Hobart, is a real paradise. The climate is refreshing, and there’s green everywhere. The quiet countryside is an ideal getaway for a few days, and with the winery’s gold medal wines, you don’t even have to move. Their Kelly’s Sparkling Cuvée is celebratory, which is why many people come here for special occasions.
From Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinot Noir, and with excellent sparkling wines, Moorilla is a wine lover’s paradise. Steady cool breezes make this place alive and make you feel you’re the last person on earth. An ultra-modern winery surrounded by trees, friendly people, and great food, Moorilla is a perfect ambassador for what Tasmania is all about.
If you woke up here, you would think you’re in Europe. The biodynamic vineyards are eye catching, and the overall natural feel is unparalleled. The Estate Pinot Gris is a charm, and so is the “Primavera” Chardonnay, two white wines with a sense of place. The winery’s own osteria is a delightful eatery with unbeatable views of the leafy vineyards.
If you’re into dramatic sceneries, visit Man o’ War in Auckland; the vineyards all have spectacular views of the coastline. Connoisseurs recognize the winery for its premium wines in all styles, from structured reds to aromatic whites. You can feel the passion for winemaking in the air and taste the skill to make some of the best wines in the world.
The intricate valleys that form the Marlborough wine region in New Zealand’s southern island are swarmed with vigorous vines. The extension of the winemaking paradise is staggering. From all the impressive estates that make a few of the freshest white wines on the globe, Brancott is a beauty. The bright green, well-aligned vines, hugged by dramatic mountains is nothing less than a postcard.
This cellar door in Arrowtown has some of the most amazing views in New Zealand's southern island, the high peaks surrounding this historical town are overwhelming, and the sense that there’s no one around you is a spiritual experience. Vineyards in Central Otago are further south than any other vineyard in the world. If you think you know Pinot Noir, think again, the stuff here is exquisite, and the setting is perfect for a glass of wine and a good meal.
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