Australian wine ranks among the world’s finest. Whether you like to sit and sip among the vines or dive deep into the winemaking world, there’s a cellar door in Australia to suit. Whatever your style, start with these top wine regions located across the country or start planning with more inspiration below:
Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is a collection of high-end, award-winning wineries offering behind-the-scenes wine, food and adventure experiences including barrel, private and structured tastings, food and wine matching, wine blending and cooking classes and picnics in spectacular locations. There are also easy-to-follow wine trail itineraries with suggestions from locals as to how to best explore Australia’s wine regions.
One of the most unique experiences in South Australia’s Mclaren Vale region can be found at d’Arenberg winery. It’s home to The Cube, an avant-garde five-storey structure fashioned after an unfinished Rubik’s Cube, complete with a ‘Museum of Alternate Realities’, a virtual fermenter and a tasting room.
The vines at Clonakilla in the Canberra District wine region were first planted in 1971, and since then they’ve grown to produce something truly unique: a blend of shiraz and viognier described as an “icon wine” by famed Australian wine critic James Halliday.
Oakridge Winery, located less than a one-hour drive from Melbourne in the Yarra Valley, produces world-class chardonnay and pinot noir ready for tasting. Book one of Oakridge’s masterclasses to hone your wine tasting skills.
Situated 3.5 hours west of Sydney by car, Orange serves up cellar doors are worth the drive. Head to Highland Heritage Estate for sprawling vineyard views and a sampling of award-winning wines as well as unique fortified styles. Known for its premium handcrafted wines, De Salis offers minimalist wines of exceptional quality.
At Vasse Felix, in the Margaret River every aspect of the winemaking process is controlled within the Vasse Felix estate, allowing every batch to be carefully crafted. Visit the cellar door to sample a selection, or book an in-depth tasting experience in the exclusive vault.
The Tamar Valley, located less than an hour from Launceston, is home to several wineries that show off the best of the region. Visit Tamar Ridge high in the hills to taste exquisite sparkling wines and aged pinot noir exclusive to the cellar door.
Known for its unique expression of semillon, the Hunter Valley in New South Wales is the oldest wine region in Australia. Just under 3.5 hours from Sydney by car, the Hunter is home to some of Australia’s most famous winemaking families, like Tulloch and Tyrrell, as well as new names in the game. At Audrey Wilkinson, visitors can expect to taste rich semillon and earthy shiraz as they enjoy a view of the expansive valley dotted with vineyards. Tyrrell’s Wines offers a daily winery tour that takes guests behind the scenes of one of the region’s oldest estates as well as premium private tastings.