Essential Wine Regions of Australia
Australia is renowned for its spectacular wine regions, which produce some of the most acclaimed wines in the world. Learn more about the areas you should be adding to your holiday wishlist this year.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
The Hunter Valley Wine Festival kicks off on October 11, giving you plenty of opportunities to sample the area's famed Shiraz and semillon varietals. There are around 150 wineries to visit while you're there, including the respected Lindeman's Winery and the innovative Macquariedale Organic Wines.
McLaren Vale, South Australia
McLaren Vale is home to the famous Harvest Festival in January, but its exquisite wines can be sampled year-round. The region specialises in grenache, Shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay varietals, and has around 65 wineries. At less than an hour's drive from Adelaide City, it's worth the trip to check out vineyards such as Fox Creek Wines and Chapel Hill.
Clare Valley, South Australia
Clare Valley celebrates its Gourmet Weekend in May each year, celebrating the best of the region's food and wine. It produces a wide variety of wines, including Shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, riesling and chardonnay, and boasts around 40 different wineries. Most of these have a cellar door to visit where you can sample some of the drops, including world-famous pioneer Jim Barry Wines. For a touch of history, visit Sevenhill Cellars, which was built in 1851 and is the oldest winery in the region.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Famous for its Shiraz and semillon, the Yarra Valley boasts around 80 unique wineries to visit and enjoy. In February the region celebrates the Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival, where fine wine, cider, boutique beers and gourmet food are all on show for a weekend of decadence. Many wineries here offer restaurant experiences as well as vino, with top picks including Fergusson Winery & Restaurant, Yarrawood Estate and Wild Cattle Creek Estate.
Margaret River, Western Australia
Sip on Shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay at 120 different wineries in Margaret River. If you miss the annual Margaret River Wine Festival, held in April, you can still visit cellar doors to enjoy the award-winning wines on offer here. Check out the biodynamic vineyard at Cullen Wines or enjoy a cellar door, restaurant and art gallery experience at Vasse Felix.
Tamar Valley, Tasmania
Tucked away in Tasmania is Tamar Valley, home to 32 wineries that produce mouth watering chardonnay, reisling, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc wines. The Tamar Valley Beer and Wine Festival takes place in January and recognises the vineyards spread some 170 kilometres around the region. You can also stop by many of the wineries year-round to sample the wares.