There’s something about Australian’s selection of vineyards and wineries that just screams out “visit me” whenever you do a little research on the continent’s wine history. Perhaps it’s simply the fact that there is such a wide variety of locations to see and experience. Just looking at what Australia itself recommends, the idea almost becomes daunting just because it’s difficult to narrow down exactly where to go. However, you’ll want to stick to your guns, because many sites, including travel hub Dialaflight, make it clear that the New World wines are part of what makes travelling Down Under such a reward experience. And with a little guidance from them (and others), here are the five wineries that you must visit if you’re an Australian wine lover.
Hunter Valley, which is one of the best destinations for wine on the planet, is home to the world famous and nearly 200-year-old Wyndham Estate. Widely known as Australia’s first commercial vineyard for Shiraz, the historic location also produces a variety of other full-bodied wines and sits on a gorgeous 100-hectare property. That means you can take in a glass (or two) of their delicious offerings and enjoy some striking scenery all at once. History buffs will also get the chance to learn more about Wyndham’s long-running operation.
While the Montalto Vineyard and Olive Ground is the most popular choice in the Mornington Peninsula region, you’d be wise to head over the Moorooduc Estate to try their selections. Since opening in 1982, the family-run business has become well-known for its wines that are great on their own but especially tasty when paired with food. Not only that, but this winery is right next door to another one that’s worth checking out, the acclaimed Ten Minutes By Tractor. Basically, you can’t go wrong visiting either one first, just make sure you grab a bite to eat beforehand.
Located in the western part of the continent, the story goes that this estate once caught the attention of famed winemaker Robert Mondavi. And when that happened, owner Denis Horgan realized what he had on his hands with Leeuwin Estate, which produces award-winning selections. They’re perhaps best known for their cabernets and chardonnays, though there’s more to it than that. Horgan and his wife, who co-owns the estate, added on an acclaimed restaurant and regularly host live performances to make this a true destination-style winery.
When it comes to the Yarra Valley region of Victoria, narrowing down the best vinery isn’t easy. But there’s just something about the Tarrawarra Estate that makes it stand out. For one, the staff is so incredibly knowledgable and helpful that picking from the variety of wines becomes second nature. And then there’s the stunning view of the property, which provides a gorgeous backdrop to your tasting and, perhaps, your meal of locally sourced food. It’s also only a one-hour drive from Melbourne!
Artisans of Barossa
To be fair, this list entry isn’t exactly a winery in its own right. However, it’s such an easy and strongly recommended suggestion because of what you get out of a visit to the Artisans of Barossa in Tanunda, a town in southern Australia. Individuals from seven different wineries in the region teamed up to present their “handcrafted, distinctive, authentic wines” side by side for you to choose from. And not only that, but they recently were joined by chef Mark McNamara, who brought his long table lunch concept to the venue. This is truly a magnificent way to experience the Barossa region’s finest wines.