Stretching far across the vast country, Australia has many hotspots where vines grow in abundance to produce a spectacular number of wine varietals. Sip on a crisp Chardonnay or relax with a scintillating Shiraz – whatever your preference, an Australian vineyard will be sure to deliver. Whether you’re after a long lunch in the sunshine, or a tasty drop by the fireplace, let’s explore some of the best wine regions in Australia.
Margaret River, Western Australia
While the state of Western Australia experiences a range of climates and weather, the southwest area typically is a little cooler. Located 3 hours south of Perth, Margaret River is famous for producing some of the country’s best chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon wines. The area is well worth the drive for a weekend getaway or if you’re on an extended holiday exploring WA.
Winery recommendation: Vasse Felix, where their vineyards are farmed sustainably using traditional and organic practices.
Hot tip: enjoy 2 nights in Margaret River on our Cosmos Western Australian Discovery tour!
While not necessarily the warmest state, Tasmania’s climate and soil means the grapes for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines grow in abundance. Wine Tasmania has put together a fun wine trail map, showcasing four virtual areas to help you plan and dream your ultimate wine adventure. For when you can finally make your dreams a reality, Tassie also boasts fresh, local food that will make for the perfect food & wine pairing.
Winery recommendation: Tamar Ridge, found high in the hills to give you sweeping panoramic views – a great accompaniment to their sparkling wine or pinot noir.
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
With a fierce reputation for Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula makes for a breathtaking excursion. With a lusciously green hinterland and beautiful beaches, this is the place for those who love a good red. With several microclimates in the area, you’ll find each vineyard has put their own stamp and style on their wines.
Winery recommendation: Ten Minutes by Tractor, a glorious family-owned winery with four vineyards only – you guessed it – ten minutes apart by tractor!
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
The distinct difference of the varietals produced in the Adelaide Hills is down to its altitude and cool climate. From renowned Pinot Noirs to limited releases, the hills have it all. Penfolds’ Magill Estate, one of Australia’s finest, is also found here. Backed by a history of over 175 years, Penfolds’ cellar door will showcase its stunning range.
Winery recommendation: Shaw + Smith. Grapes are grown across their 55 hectares of vines to create vibrant batches of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Officially the oldest wine region in Australia, the Hunter is famous for its sémillon grapes that produce dry and sweet white wines. In 1831, James Busby returned from Europe with 20,000 vine cuttings which kick started not just the region’s, but the country’s, winemaking business. Make a sunrise hot air balloon ride to take in the region’s vines in all their glory in the golden light, followed by a decadent champagne breakfast.
Winery recommendation: Tyrrell’s Wines, for its daily winery tour that takes you behind the scenes followed by a wine tasting.