Australia's Great Wine Regions
Robert Louis Stevenson was once quoted as saying “wine is bottled poetry”. Well, I can think of nothing more poetic than the majestic beauty of Australian wine country. Whether you’re looking to get out of town for the day or the week, wine tasting is a great way to make fond memories any time of the year.
If you are in NSW, head two hours north of Sydney to take in the scenic vistas of the Hunter Valley. With over 150 wineries, fine restaurants, spas and beautiful gardens, Hunter Valley is the place to be for that perfect glass of Semillon, Shiraz or Chardonnay. Check out Tintilla Vineyard and Olive Grove for a classic Tuscan-villa feel. Tintilla Vineyard is makes a fantastic Chardonnay and the Four Mary's Pinot Noir in the area.
Head 45 minutes east of Melbourne and you’ll find the Yarra Valley region, renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blends. The cooler climate and picturesque hills makes for amazing photos any time of year. This wine region boasts some of the oldest wineries in the state so stop by the De Bortoli Winery; they’ve been perfecting their craft since 1928.
Two hours from Adelaide lays the distinct Clare Valley with its architecture heavily influenced by the earliest settlers of the region. Quaint buildings, ye olde-style churches, and with spectacular views of the vineyards and hillside, the Clare Valley is perfect for the entire family. Well-known for its Shiraz and Riesling, the Clare Valley is the idea; place to snuggle up with a loved one for a fireside retreat.
Western Australia is fortunate to have the beauty of the Margaret River wine region, three hours south of Perth, which is responsible for 15% of the country’s most premium wine. This region is sure to impress with stunning hardwood forests, beaches and delicious Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc wine offerings.
The Granite Belt of Queensland is distinguished as a wine region because it offers four distinct seasons, each with its own unique beauty. Along with the regions “Strange Bird” movement, you can taste varieties of wine only found in this corner of the world – pick up a glass of Marsanne, Viognier or Frontignac Sauvignon Blanc at Heritage Wines if you’re feeling adventurous.
Not to be outdone, Tasmania’s Pipers River region rounds out the party with its many premium sparkling wines. With a climate similar to Champagne, France, it’s a perfect place to take in the beauty of Tasmania as you sip your glass of bubbly. Delamere Vineyard is a great place to celebrate the joy of wine and a country atmosphere.
So become inspired to get out there and enjoy all that these stunning Australian regions and wineries have to offer.
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