Our Guide to Australia’s Winery Experiences

Australian wine is a delicacy, each region specializes in creating something unique and different. We cover 11 of Australia’s wine regions, offering up the ultimate guide to experiencing Australia’s wine industry in the most immersive and unique way possible.

Australia Tourism creates a list of their top 20 Winery Experiences in Australia, this list is created upon a number of different criteria. Here is that list with our own spin on it.

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

SWAN VALLEY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Swan Valley is an easy 25-minute drive from Perth and claims to be Western Australia’s oldest wine region. Fringed by the Swan River, the wine region hosts over 100 wineries and dozens of gourmet food producers. It is a favorite among Perth locals and sought out around the world.

 

MANDOON ESTATE 

Located overlooking the Swan River, Mandoon Estate hosts a cellar door featuring the Estate’s finest wines. The Estate acts as its own little resort town with a casual cozy food venue, luxury accommodation, fine-dining, gourmet deli, beer garden, and even a stunning art gallery. You can visit on a day trip or take advantage of the overnight stay packages. Don’t miss:

  • Homestead Brewery
  • The Llawn
  • Wild Swan Fine Dining
  • The Colony luxury accommodation featuring 32 suites and rooms

 

MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Located a short three-hour drive from Perth, Margaret River is known around the world as one of the most spectacular wine regions. Its coastal landscape influences the fine wines, with healthy climates setting the stage for these internationally recognized wines.

Margaret River boasts some of the world’s best wines, it doesn’t stop there you can experience adventurous underground caves, surfer-friendly beaches, and elusive bushwalks through the towering forests.

 

LEEUWIN ESTATE

International jet-setters seek out the globally recognized Leeuwin Estate due to its reputation for its outstanding wines. Its highest production of wines that are exported to 30 different countries consists of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Riesling.

The Estate is famous for its authentic Australian wine labels featuring Aussie artists’ work on the bottle. You can enjoy local produce at the fine dining restaurant, Leeuwin Restaurant.

Visitors can enjoy a customized food and wine matching excursion, guided tours, helicopter flights, art gallery tours, and alfresco summer concerts. One of the main attractions here is the Gourmet Village at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape.

 

VOYAGER ESTATE

Another world-renowned wine destination in Western Australia is Voyager Estate. The estate features winemaking tours, wine-tasting walks, on-site restaurant, stunning lawn and garden, plus more.

Voyager Estate produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Merlot varieties.

 

VASSE FELIX BAROSSA

Vasse Felix Barossa is Margaret River’s oldest winery, with some of the world’s most recognizable labels. Vasse Felix is most famous for their production of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. And the best part, that production is overseen by the 2012 Australian Winemaker of the Year, Virginia Willcock.

Additional highlights of Vasse Felix Barossa includes the Holmes à Court Gallery which features 4,000 piece of artwork, and the famous Vasse Felix restaurant.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Barossa Valley is informally recognized as Australia’s best wine region where estates nod to the European settlers with a heritage approach to the culinary scene and architecture.

The most notable standout is the Barossa Scenic Heritage Drive which takes you on a journey through the region’s quaint towns, villages and wine estates. Additionally, bike enthusiasts seek out the Jack Bobridge trail which winds through vineyards in the region.

The region is just one hour’s drive from the Australian city of Adelaide, making this immersive experience available to many.

 

YALUMBA WINE COMPANY 

The Yalumba Wine Company is a decades old family owned winery with immense history in the way they produce their wines. Most notably, Yalumba is the only winery in Australia with its own oak barrels onsite. Yalumba offers self-guided tours of the cooperage where you can enjoy the oaky workshops that date back to when the winery was first established.

Food, wine and artwork can be enjoy and consumed at the Signature Vineyard site.

 

JACOB’S CREEK

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Jacob’s Creek is Australia’s largest winery with exports to more than 60 countries. With emphasis on sustainable practices in winemaking, Jacob’s Creek is recognized for its unique approach. Their main production focuses on Shiraz, Merlot and Riesling varieties.

In addition to the craft in their winemaking, Jacob’s Creek is an entire experience with winemaking tours, cooking classes and wine tasting. One major standout here is the award-winning Jacob’s Restaurant offering endless food and wine which can be enjoyed with vast views, overlooking the ranges and rolling hills that never seem to end.

 

SEPPELTSFIELD

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Seppeltsfield was established in 1851 and its famous Gravity Flow Winery is still open today. This is a winery made for those interested in the heritage and history of winemaking, ones with an appreciation for wine production’s detailed history. The winery hosts accommodation, tours of the famous vintage wine cellar, and a German beer garden to name a few.

Seppeltsfield Winery is the only winemaker in the world to release a 100-year-old vintage wine each year from its famous Centennial Collection that has wine aged from 1878 to now.

 

ST HUGO

St Hugo is winery describe as the “St Hugo Experience” with its prestigious and extensive list of offerings. Established over 150 years ago, the newly rebuilt compound nods back to the original pioneers of the region who rooted their first vines here.

Some of the offerings here include wine flights at The Lounge, fine-dining at The Restaurant, chef’s table dining option and to top the list a private helicopter tour that allows you to name your own row of vines.

The focus wines here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Riesling and Semillion.

 

ADELAIDE HILLS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Adelaide Hills region is just 15 minutes outside the city of Adelaide and is considered a cool, dry climate in the Mount Lofty Ranges. The cool-climate wines here are the most notable,

 

PENFOLDS MAGILL ESTATE

Penfolds is an iconic wine label that has been producing wine in high demand since the early days of Australian wine-making. In 2013, Penfolds was voted New World Winery of the Year and eight of their wines are among the 20 most sought out labels in the world. Penfolds is recognized for its production of Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to name a few.

Magill Estate has an immersive offering when it comes to a winery tour, enabling visitors engaged cellar tours and more.

 

THE LANE VINEYARD

The Lane Vineyard is a new world winery, established just 15 years ago in 2005. The establishment is recognized for its complex and distinct wines and that’s due to its rural slice of soil. The focus wines here are Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

At The Lane, visitors can enjoy food and wine tasting at The Restaurant while also exploring the expansive property and endless rows of vines. Famously, their 360 degree Panorama tasting room is made for wine tasting, food flights and even a cheese making masterclass.

 

SHAW + SMITH

 

 

HAHNDORFF HILL

 

 

 

 

MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

McLaren Vale is the informal wine enthusiast capital of South Australia’s wine regions. The soil in the region is the ideal breeding ground for fruitful and full wines, specifically specializing in Shiraz grapes.

 

d’ARENBERG

d’Arenberg Winery is a four generation family run winemaking compound. d’Arenberg is a prestigious cellar door, producing 50 different wines and exporting to more than 60 countries.

There are a few iconic standouts here. First, the Blending Bench which gives visitors a chance to blend and name their own wines. Second, the d’Arenberg Cube is an abstract structure that houses the cellar door and panoramic views of McLaren Valley. The Cube also is home to the Alternate Realities Museum and the d’Arenberg Restaurant. Lastly, d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant is next door and serves up a quintessential Australian dining experience.

 

WIRRA WIRRA

Wirra Wirra is one of the favorites in South Australia’s wine regions. They juxtapose serious winemaking with the philosophy of having fun, creating a spunky wine collection.

Wirra Wirra specifically focuses on red wines, with a hero wine, Church Block, as a top seller in its category throughout Australia. As usual there are a range of tasting experiences as well as Harry’s Deli which focuses on authentic Australian produce local to the region.

NEW SOUTH WALES

 

HUNTER VALLEY, NSW

Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest grape growing countryside, planting roots in the 1820s. The region is well-known for its distinguished culture, with top rated national parks, wine and cooking schools, restaurants, retreats and golf courses. The area is also known for its wide variety of cultural events like food and wine festivals, jazz and other musical exhibits and so much more.

 

AUDREY WILKINSON 

Audrey Wilkinson was a young 15 years old when she inherited the vineyard. Audrey Wilkinson winery was founded back in 1866 by a winemaker who studied in early Europe, the winemaking has evolved and makes this a top winery in the country.

Audrey Wilkinson specializes in Semillion, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Rosé, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blends. There are also two guest cottages onsite made for bigger groups looking for full immersion and private experiences.

 

BROKENWOOD

TYRELL’S

 

VICTORIA

 

YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

Yarra Valley is a wine enthusiast haven and artists’ dream with some of Australia’s richest wine and oldest artistic colony rooted here. Visitors here can enjoy a quaint hotels and resorts, historic pubs, breweries and cideries, a wildlife sanctuary and a handful of national parks, making this region the total package.

Healesville Sanctuary is a highlight here, with the opportunity to see a collection of Australia’s unique wildlife. There are also two national parks and one state park in the area to explore.

 

DE BORTOLI 

De Bortoli is a family owned vineyard dating back to 1971 and is currently operated by its fourth generation. De Bortoli specializes in wines of the Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Semillion, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc and Gewürztraminer varieties.

Visitors can enjoy a winemaking and vineyard tour, savor a cheese tasting in the cheese shop and indulge in local produce and heritage Italian food at the onsite restaurant, Locale.

 

MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA

Mornington Peninsula is famous for the spectacular collection of resorts, golf courses, spas, orchards and most importantly, 200+ vineyards. The region has a full range of experiences to offer from natural hot springs to day spas and coastline views and top tier golf courses, which seven have made Australian Golf Digest’s Top 50 courses list. This region is just one hour away from Melbourne.

 

JACKALOPE AT WILLOW CREEK VINEYARD

Jackalope is a rural accommodation situated on Willow Creek Vineyard, it is the ultimate place to experience the famous Australian wine region in full. Jackalope represents the new standard of luxury accommodation with restaurants, cocktail bar, winery and cellar door all on its property.

The highlights of the accommodation are its high-end dens, two fine dining restaurants with a variety of culinary and wine experiences, and a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the rural acreage. The dining options here show off the vineyard’s best wines and produce. There are transfers available from Melbourne, to visit you must have accommodation booked for 1 or 2 nights.

If you’re impressed by Jackalope’s hotel, make sure to check out the Jackalope Pavilion in St Kilda for an artistic experience unlike anything else.

 

MONTALTO VINEYARD & OLIVE GROVE 

Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove is a gorgeous estate set among the wetlands, with quaint Australian architecture, an acclaimed restaurant and café, and an intimate cellar door. The wine production here focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties.

The olive grove onsite has over 1,500 olive trees which produce Montalto’s extra virgin olive oil, olives and olive tapenade to name a few, available exclusively at the estate.

The wine at Montalto is manned by a team of experts, skilled in the craft of winemaking and vineyard care-taking. The Montalto Restaurant offers French cuisine and a three-course lunch focusing on the estate’s key produced ingredients.

 

NAGAMBI LAKES, VICTORIA

Nagambi Lakes is a located along the Goulburn River and is a fleeting 90-minutes drive from Melbourne making it the perfect day trip destination. With quaint towns, premium wines, a pristine habitat and gorgeous lakes and lagoons, this is the ideal setting for a cool region wine.

 

TAHBILK

Tahbilk takes a step away from the more modern approach wineries throughout Victoria tend to do. Tahbilk is one of Australia’s wineries and that historic charm has not dissipated even slightly, with over 200 hectares of rare vines.

Tahbilk emphasizes Marsanne, Roussanne and Rhone reds. The cellar doors date back to 1860s and overlook the Goulburn River in the wetlands area. The Café onsite has views that overlook the wetlands which have some dated historic stories to share. The Ecology Tour offered here allows visitors to learn about the impact ecological work has on the wines here.

 

BROWN BROTHERS 

 

FEATHERTOP

 

PIZZINI

 

QUEENSLAND

SIRROMET

TASMANIA

 

MOORILLA