As this is primarily a blog about having wine the way you want it, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk a little about Australian wine and wine tours. Wine tours are a great way to taste and experience the work and effort that goes into creating your favorite tipple. One of the easiest ways to organize one of these is through a site like Check-In as it has a section where you can search various activities – wine-tasting tours being one of them. If you are unfamiliar with Australian wine, or just not sure where to start your adventure, in the following post you will learn more about Australia’s top 5 wine regions.
Margaret River in South West Australia
Margaret River is home to many world-famous, high-end wine producers, a lot of which are run by families. The region itself is naturally beautiful, full of quaint and quiet towns and painting-worthy landscapes. The wines Margaret River is renowned for are Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. However, some great reds have come from this region too, including Cabernet Merlot. The wineries worth visiting in my opinion are Leeuwin Estate and Sandalford.
Clare Valley in South East Australia
Clare Valley is situated very close to Adelaide and is perhaps one of the most beautiful wine regions in all of Australia. It is not as well-known as some of the others on this list but has a unique character which is a combination of magical vineyards, stone architecture, and good old-fashioned Aussie bushland. The oldest and most famous winery in Clare Valley is Sevenhill, which was established by priests in 1851.
Tamar Valley in Tasmania
As well as award-winning wine, you will also find some truly wonderful local food and produce in Tamar Valley. It is one of the leading up-and-coming wine regions when it comes to cool-climate wines such as Riesling and Pinot. Make sure you stop in at the Holm Oak and Three Wishes vineyards.
Hunter Valley in South East Australia
Just less than 2 hours drive from Sydney, Hunter Valley is one of the oldest and most famous of Australia’s wine regions. Well-known labels such as Tyrells and Lindemans were established in this region. Coupled with its great wine heritage, the area boasts a World Heritage-listed national park and is one of the highest points in all of Australia.
Yarra Valley in South East Australia
Even more famous than Hunter Valley is Yarra Valley which can be accessed easily by car from the capital of the state – Melbourne. As with most of Australia, the area’s high points are the beautiful colors of the landscape and the just as beautiful vineyards. Due to the area’s cool climate, Yarra Valley is perhaps most famous for world-beating examples of Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
It is not only home to big players in the wine industry such as Yering Station and Rochford’s, but also to small boutique wineries and small family-run cellar doors, like Sutherland Estate, which offers a unique wine-tasting experience.