6 Best Wine Destinations in Australia

Who doesn’t fancy a glass of wine in the evening when you’re all cozied up on your couch enjoying your favorite show? How about a picturesque tour in the heart of the best vineyards that Australia has to offer? If you’re a wine connoisseur, you’d certainly enjoy the country’s quality wine and breathtaking sights!

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Here are the 6 best wine destinations in Australia that are known for their inspiring regional blends and complex fruity profiles that are sure to linger on your palette for a while.  

1.    Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region that lies in close proximity to Sydney. It has over 150 wineries that have been producing numerous award-winning wines since the 1800s. Known as Australia’s leading wine-producing region, Hunter Valley has a characteristic country charm with great modern perks that’ll make you fall in love in an instant.

There are many gourmet restaurants in the valley to enjoy delicious local foods. There’s always a lively atmosphere with ongoing live music or cultural festivals. If you want to admire the lush scenery from high above, you can hop on a hot air balloon and take in the gorgeous views!

The famous Hunter Valley Semillon draws in people from all over the world. The wine boasts ripe citrus flavors and a sensational, lingering flavor due to natural acidity and comparatively lower alcohol content. The unique flavor and balanced texture of the Hunter Valley Semillon remain unparalleled.

2.    Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

Lying 60 km northeast of Adelaide, Barossa Valley is famous for its world-class wineries that produce intense, bold-flavored wine. It has seen seven generations of winemakers and vignerons — grape cultivators — over the past 179 years. If Shiraz is your go-to wine, you have to try the Barossa style full-bodied and rich-textured variety that packs a powerful flavor profile with dark fruit and spice.

The region houses roughly 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors, so you’ll have no problem sampling a wine that suits your particular taste. If you’re a first-timer, it’s a good idea to take the Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail so you can sample the local produce by whipping up a gourmet picnic for yourself and take in the breathtaking views!

3.    Clare Valley

Clare Valley

Famous for its world-class Riesling and family-owned wineries, Clare Valley promises an unforgettable trip to get back in touch with nature while enjoying world-class cuisines and boutique wines. The valley is located roughly 100 km north of Adelaide and has an estimated 50 wineries. The region is mostly celebrated for its excellent Australian Riesling, a light yet confident, flavorful white wine with refined aromas of ripe lemon and a few notes of tropical fruit! But it’s not all about the Australian Riesling in Clare Valley; the region also makes some amazing red wines like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

4.    McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

Located roughly 35 km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale initiated the South Australian wine industry. The region has been producing wine since 1838 and is home to an assortment of world-renowned wineries and restaurants. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy fine wine, delectable foods, and breathtaking art exhibits with some great views, McLaren Vale is the place to be! The region has 160 vineyards — some of the oldest ones in the world — and over 80 cellar doors to enhance your wine tasting experience.

McLaren Vale is famed for its premium-grade cultivation of red wine varieties — Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon — that are highly regarded throughout the globe. Shiraz spearheads the region’s list of award-winning wines as one of the top acclaimed GSM blends. McLaren Vale is also well-known for its white grape varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well as an abundance of regional and international specialties, including Merlot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, and Viognier.

5.    Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

Located to the northeast of Melbourne, Yarra Valley is regarded as one of the world’s finest cool-climate regions in the world for the production of wine. The valley boasts a rich variety of top-class wineries and is also famed for its beer and cider production that dates back to the early 1800s. Yarra Valley has over 80 wineries and numerous mid-sized and boutique cellar doors that offer a warm wine tasting experience that you’ll never forget. The region is prized for its production of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wine.

If you’re passionate about wine, great food, and scenic views, a gourmet adventure awaits you at the heart of Yarra Valley. For a bird’s-eye view of the entire valley, you can hop on a hot air balloon and take in all the views of the rolling hills, pastures, and lush greenery.

6.    Margaret River

Margaret River

The Margaret River Region is located just a 2.5-hour drive away from Perth. It offers some of the most gorgeous sights that you’ll find in the South West along with some amazing experiences and crowd-pleasing destinations. The density of this region makes it easy for you to visit award-winning wineries, wonderful art galleries, stunning beaches, and ancient caves — all in a single day’s visit!

But let’s go back to the wineries; Margaret River is best known for its red wines, particularly the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Cabernet is the region’s most prized wine that’s responsible for putting Margaret River on the map as a leading wine producer; you’ll find it available on pour at almost every cellar door. Along with many spectacular vineyards, you’ll find gourmet eateries to pair perfectly with your favorite wine!

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Ron Ford

Ron Ford immigrated with his family to Australia in 2005 to work as a social worker. Following their difficult immigration process, he slowly turned to blogging and creating content about immigration: "…As a family of 5, we struggled to make ends meet. I was working around the clock and Clarissa was working in housekeeping any time she could spare. The move to Australia completely changed our lives, but it cost us a lot of money, time, and tears. Ever since I've wanted to help others on their journeys the way I wished someone had helped us".

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