Australia is known for a lot of things: its unique wildlife, beautiful beaches, rugged landscapes, and more recently, its incredibly high quality wine. Over the past few decades Australia has firmly established itself as a global wine-growing location. Whether you’re on a Great Ocean Road tour or you’re perusing a local market in Adelaide, chances are you’ll come across some quality local product.
While there are wineries all over the country, from mango-wine producers in Cairns to port-makers in Mudgee, there are a few locations in particular where wine really sets the tone for the entire town. Here, we profile a few of these regions and give you the best tips on how to make the most of them!
Barossa Valley, SA
Just outside of Adelaide are the beautiful rolling hills and vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Unlike many areas in Australia, the Barossa Valley was never settled by convicts, but rather a large Lutheran-German community who emigrated to live finer lives. It makes sense then, that the region would become known for life’s little pleasures…wine, cheese and excellent cured meats.
Whether you’re headed to South Australia purely to experience the Barossa Valley or you’re hoping to take a day tour from Adelaide, it’s a must-visit region that won’t disappoint. To make the most of the wine the region produces you simply have to taste some of the big, bold reds that the Barossa is famous for. Grab a couple of bottles, head to a grassy patch and enjoy it with some local cheese and meats. Bliss!
Hunter Valley, NSW
A few hours north of Sydney is the Hunter Valley, more ruggedly beautiful than the Barossa Valley but again, drenched in fantastic wineries. The specialty of the Hunter is creating fantastic Semillon, which is interestingly the only Semillon in the world that can be kept for long periods. Enjoy it immediately, or keep it for ten years for a completely different and much more complex taste.
To best enjoy the Hunter Valley, we recommend taking a weekend-trip from Sydney and enjoying a few nights in one of the Valley’s renowned resorts. Peppers is a fantastic option, with an in-house chef who creates true culinary masterpieces to match the beautiful vino.
Margaret River, WA
If you want to combine a beach holiday with some truly indulgent wines, then the Margaret River region of Western Australia is the perfect option. Set back from some of the prettiest coastline in the country, the Margaret River is not just wine-focused, but a cultural hub for artists and creative types. As a result, the entire town is like a utopia for people who like the finer things in life, with beauty in almost every direction.
There are no two ways about it: Australia makes fantastic wine. A visit down under wouldn’t be complete without a visit to at least one of our wine growing regions, so make sure you include it in your plans!