While Australia has many things to offer – Tim Tams, Hugh Jackman and the Sydney Harbour Bridge among them – there’s perhaps nothing more alluring than our country’s wide array of quality wine regions. Australia’s wine grapes are internationally revered, and some of the world’s best and most beautiful vineyards are right on our doorstep. Take advantage of Australia’s thriving viticulture by visiting our top wine region picks.
A two-hour drive from the big smoke of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Known for its scenic landscape and excellent, long-living Semillon, the region is similarly renowned for top quality Chardonnay, characterised by a full, lush flavour, and some of Australia’s best Shiraz that leaves a savoury and spicy impression. Hunter Valley gains favouritism not only for its top-notch winemaking, but also its reputation as being home to a number of exquisite restaurants.
Home to some of the world’s oldest vines, with many approaching 150 years old, it’s no wonder that the Barossa is one of Australia’s most significant wine regions. Its history and extremely diverse range of producers and vineyard specific wines have established the Barossa as a major Australian player on the world stage, and it has the unique distinction of being one of the only regions in the country to have both warm and cool-climate growing conditions. Barossa Shiraz is globally renowned for its full-bodied profile while the Eden Valley, which is the elevated region of the Barossa, is home to a number of cool-climate vineyards that produce quality Riesling and Chardonnay.
With over 300 vineyards and 160 wineries, this Victorian treasure is a melting pot of sophisticated wine, fine dining and strikingly beautiful innovation. Situated on Melbourne’s doorstep, the Yarra Valley is well known for its production of cooler-climate grapes – think sparkling Chardonnay, aromatic Pinot Noir, savoury Cabernet Sauvignon and spicy Shiraz. The region is also known for its fantastic restaurants and architecturally stunning wineries, while the Valley’s winemakers are heralded for their revolutionary and respectful production practices.
While Australia’s south-eastern is often regarded as the hot spot for wine production, this truly stunning region is well worth the trek across the Nullarbor. Stretching along 100km of Western Australian coastline, Margaret River is famous for fresh Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends, intense Chardonnay, rich and spicy Shiraz and perhaps the finest Cabernet Sauvignon outside of France’s Burgundy region. As one of Australia’s youngest wine regions, Margaret River makes up for its lack of age with picturesque landscapes and a reputation as one of the country’s foremost producers of premium wine.
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