A quick weekend getaway might be just what the doctor ordered, but where exactly can you go? There are a number of wineries spread through the east and west coast of Australia which offer relaxation, impeccable wines and serenity. If you’re planning your next mini-getaway, take into consideration just a few of these amazing wineries to both relax and rejuvenate (and of course test wine).
Barossa Valley, South Australia
We can’t talk about wineries without mentioning the iconic Barossa Valley in South Australia, can we? Just over an hour drive from city-central Adelaide, this region is praised for it’s Shiraz and other popular red wines. Home to Jacob’s Creek, one of Australia’s most-loved wines since the first vineyard was planted by Johann Gramp in 1847. The friendly and experienced workers offer a taste from a large selection of wines, and how to easily pair them with food to create a delicious match.
Margaret River, Western Australia
The Margaret River is home to some of Australia’s best wines, and offers unique scenery and atmosphere for a one-of-a-kind experience to all visitors who pass through. With some vines only planted 45 years ago, this region is known for it’s popular red blends including cabernet sauvignon and equally delicious shiraz wines. The journey is just a 50 minute plane ride from Perth, or a short car ride if you’re feeling adventurous.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Now we can’t leave out the endless vineyards of Pokolbin can, we? The Hunter Valley is comprised of many small wineries which offer a huge variety of red, white and rosé wines for your tasting. Bus tours are available for visitors, which pick up passengers from eastern Sydney and guide them through the various wineries in a day or overnight trip of your their choice. Don’t forget to check out Tintilla Estate, which is a family run winery offering sweet rosé and dessert wines.
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Located right on the coast, the Mornington Peninsula offers a coastal inspired experience which is unique and unlike any other in Australia. There are many local bars, restaurant’s and assorted cafés around the winery so there is always something to keep occupied. Do pass by the Monalto Cellar Door for a taste of their unique wines, and every Sunday catch an exclusive wine education at the cellar door.
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By Felicia Sapountzis