Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia
Bringing together premium quality wine from some of the world’s oldest vines in the most picturesque settings you can find anywhere
Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale, SA
Australian wine has come a long way since the first vines were planted in the 1820s. Boasting over 60 wine regions, producing more than 100 different grape varieties, with the highest quality wine making, you’ll be sure to have an ultimate experience at one of these wineries.
Ultimate Winery Experiences of New South Wales
Audrey Wilkinson Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Audrey Wilkinson Winery, Hunter Valley
The Audrey Wilkinson winery dates back to 1866 when the Wilkinson family acquired the present vineyard site. The winery is named after Audrey Wilkinson, who inherited the vineyard at the age of 15 following the death of his father. Audrey was blessed with a wonderful sense of taste, and produced some of the finest wines in Australia. Today the Audrey Wilkinson winery makes hand-made wines using state-of-the-art winemaking techniques. Visit the on-site museum housed in the historic old winery, where the original vats and wine and barrel making equipment are on display. There are two guest cottages on-site offering accommodation for families or up to six couples to stay, relax and enjoy the privacy and beauty of the vineyard.
Wyndham Estate, Hunter Valley
Wyndham Estate is one of Australia’s oldest vineyards. Since planting Australia's first commercial Shiraz vineyard in 1830, Wyndham Estate has been dedicated to creating rich, robust, full flavoured wines. The historic winery sits on 100 hectares of vineyard and quiet countryside that fronts the beautiful Hunter River. Explore the Dalwood Heritage Trail meandering through the vineyards to the 180 year old house of one of Australia’s founding fathers of wine making, George Wyndham and learn about the Hunter River conservation project as you stroll along its parklike banks. You can join a wine tasting master class; or sample a broad selection of wines at the cellar door, including carefully aged back vintages.
Ultimate Winery Experiences of South Australia
Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa Valley, SA
Jacob’s Creek, Barossa Valley
Jacob's Creek was the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard. It takes its name from the river along which it was originally located. Call in at the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre for a relaxed lunch matching food and wine in the award-winning Jacob’s Restaurant. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck that overlooks a panorama of vineyards and the Barossa Range. Learn more about grape growing and winemaking on a tour of the vineyard. Join a cooking class or have a picnic on the banks of Jacob’s Cree or pick up a bike and a picnic of local gourmet treats from Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, and set out to explore the Barossa Valley.
Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa Valley
With a proud legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield is an iconic Australian wine estate. The historic 1888-built Gravity Flow Winery, built into the hillside is still in use today and the winery now specialises in Grenache. Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old, single vintage wine each year. It is famous for its Centennial Collection – an unbroken lineage of every vintage from 1878 to the current year. On the Seppeltsfield Centenary Tour you can visit the Seppeltsfield Centennial Cellar and taste a tawny port made in your birth year directly from the barrel. Sample the fine reds from the Gravity Flow Winery, and the renowned 100-year-old vintage port. There are tours inside the cooperage where the barrels are made.
Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide
Penfolds has been a prominent figure since the early days of Australian wine-making, and has an international reputation for producing wines of the highest quality including Penfolds Grange, widely regarded as Australia’s greatest wine. The historic and heritage-listed Magill Estate Vineyard was established in 1844 and was originally known as the Grange Vineyard, named after their new homestead ‘The Grange’, a cottage which still stands intact today amongst the vines. At Penfolds Magill Estate visitors can immerse themselves in the history, philosophy and spirit of the Australian wine industry on an historical tour. There are fascinating underground tunnels, the original 1800s cottage and the heritage-listed bluestone cellars, and wine tastings of Penfolds famous premium collection.
d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale
Established in 1912, d’Arenberg is one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale. Owned by four generations of the same family, d’Arenberg has maintained a balance between old and new, with the winemakers using centuries-old methods of winemaking and grape growing. At d’Arenberg wines are made in small batches and the age-old technique of foot-treading is still used. The vineyard’s Verandah Restaurant is one of South Australia’s most highly awarded restaurants, set on a picturesque hilltop adjoining the cellar door. Book a private tasting and enjoy an in-depth look at the traditional art of winemaking. At the Blending Bench you can play winemaker and blend and name your own wine to take home.
The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills
Nestled in the Adelaide Hills, The Lane Vineyard sits elevated, boasting views out over the vines to the hills beyond. The elevated Vineyard Restaurant enables diners to take in stunning views across the fields to the magnificent rolling hills as far as the eye can see. The menu reflects fresh, regional seasonal produce and diners can choose a taste, entree or main course size dish. An alfresco dining area beckons in summer, in winter a wood fire invites you inside. The environmentally responsible small batch winery is one of the newest in Australia producing outstanding single vineyard wines.
Ultimate Winery Experiences of Tasmania
Josef Chromy Wines, Tamar Valley, TAS
Josef Chromy Wines, Tamar Valley
Josef Chromy Wines cellar door and restaurant is a stunning location to experience superb Tasmanian wines and fine cuisine made with fresh local produce. Set among old English gardens and 100-year-old oak trees, and overlooking a picturesque lakeand vineyards, the winery is acclaimed as one of Australia’s Top 10. The cellar door is housed in the original 1880s homestead. There’s always a log fire burning and great views to take in while tasting a wide range of award-winning cool climate wines.
Moorilla Estate, Hobart
Moorilla Estate offers a rare and exciting combination of wine, food, art, and luxury accommodation, close to the Tasmanian capital of Hobart. Moorilla is the newest winery built on Tasmania’s oldest vineyard. Moorilla Estate shares a site with the thought-provoking Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which houses Australia’s largest private art collection. There’s an array of dining choices on site, from the French-inspired cuisine of The Source Restaurant, to shared plates in the Moorilla Wine Bar; and the more casual MONA café.
Ultimate Winery Experiences of Victoria
De Bortoli, Yarra Valley, VIC
De Bortoli, Yarra Valley
De Bortoli is where the family philosophy of sharing wine and food with family and friends has come together in a magnificent setting. Their Yarra Valley Estate is home to some of the oldest plantings in the valley, dating back to 1971. Visitors can see how premium wine is made on a behind-the-scenes vineyard and winery tour; and taste beautifully matured cheese from the cheese shop that overlooks the picturesque vineyards. The winery restaurant ‘Locale’ reflects the De Bortoli family’s rich Italian heritage.
Fowles Wine, Strathbogie Ranges
Australia’s first winery to craft a range of wines specifically to match wild game meat and sustainable food. The River & Ranges tour includes a private wine tasting sumptuous Game food lunch and river cruise on the Goulburn Explorer.
Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, Mornington Peninsula
Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is a beautiful region with rolling hills, orchards, olive groves, historic mansions, and more than 200 vineyards. The natural topography and mild climate of the region is well suited to wine growing. Montalto produces premium cool climate wine and is renowned for its welcoming ambience, relaxed Australian architecture, intimate cellar door, and the beauty of its grounds that include an olive grove, acclaimed restaurant and café, sculpture walk and wetlands. The 1500 mature olive trees on the property produce cold pressed extra virgin olive oils, estate cured olives and olive tapenade. Experience Montalto’s ‘estate-to-plate’ philosophy at a three-course lunch in the French-inspired Montalto Restaurant, regarded as the peninsula's best.
Ultimate Winery Experiences of Western Australia
Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA
Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River
Leeuwin Estate is a family winery, which has earned an international reputation for producing outstanding wines. Celebrating ‘The Art of Fine Wine’, the Leeuwin ‘Art Series’ wine labels have become famous. Visitors can wander through the estate’s art gallery to see a selection of 150 paintings from Australia’s leading contemporary artists which feature on these labels. The winery’s multi award-winning restaurant follows a “paddock to plate” philosophy, serving the district’s local delicacies against a stunning backdrop. Special events are held throughout the year, including cooking classes, wine dinners and spectacular annual alfresco summer concerts featuring the world’s leading musicians.
Voyager Estate, Margaret River
From the Cape Dutch style architecture and spectacular gardens, to the impressive Wine Room and award-winning restaurant, Voyager Estate is an inspiring winery. Sensitive winemaking techniques have been at the heart of Voyager Estate’s winemaking philosophy for more than 20 years, creating its reputation for elegant balance and complex wines of great character. It is also home to Australia’s largest underground barrel cellar. Voyager Estate’s restaurant showcases the property’s magnificent architecture, with soaring ceilings, antique wooden furniture, open fireplaces, brass chandeliers and custom-designed Dutch-inspired crockery. The menu changes seasonally with ingredients sourced from local food producers.
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