With miles of sweeping landscapes and dramatic coastlines, Australia is a hidden paradise for oenophiles looking to explore the continent’s premier wine regions. Whether your taste in vino runs dry or sweet, there are three places that should be on your list: the Hunter Valley, the Barossa Valley, and Margaret River.
The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine region in New South Wales and boasts plenty of cellar doors and boutique producers.
South Australia’s Barossa Valley, not far from Adelaide, has a wide variety of outstanding reds that are sure to please. The Barossa Valley is known for producing intensely flavoured Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mataro.
In the picturesque Yarra Valley, just a few hours from Melbourne, sample cool climate whites such as Riesling and Chardonnay or visit famous wineries like Domaine Chandon or Yering Station Winery.
And don’t sleep on Margaret River down in Western Australia – you can go on award-winning winery tours or drink up their excellent Cabernet Sauvignon at beachside bars. Margaret River is home to some of the country’s most renowned winemakers producing exceptional wines year after year, in styles ranging from big full-bodied reds made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, to crisp white Sauvignon Blanc blends.
If you’re ready for an epic escape into Aussie wine country, add these three spots to your itinerary!