Wine Destinations

As the seventh largest wine producer in the world it is not surprise that our wine regions top the “must do” list of many visitors.

Western Australia otherwise known as the Indian Coast has two notable wine regions.

  • Swan Valley which is within 40 minutes of the city of Perth is home to a number of Croatian and Italian wine makers all of whom have brought their centuries old cultures and methods to the art. (eg Talli Wines)
  • Margaret River lies south west of Perth. In addition to award winning wines they also produce excellent chocolates and cheeses.

The most wineries can be found along the Southern Coast which encompasses South Australia and Victoria.

In South Australia there’s the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, the Riverland, Limestone Coast.

  • McLaren Vale is most famous for its Shiraz however most of the big wineries have vineyards in the region.
  • Barossa Valley is home to Penfold’s Grange and many fine German influenced varieties.
  • Clare Valley (eg Taylors)
  • The Riverland is a sea of vineyards and although the region does not produce any notable wines in its own right it has long been regarded as the “workhorse of the Australian Wine Industry”.  The best known Vineyard is Banrock which also has wonderful wetlands with walking trails weaving throughout and when you’ve finished discovering the local birdlife you can relax on with a glass of wine and a lovely meal overlooking the expansive waterland.
  • The Limestone Coast for impressive reds – Coonawarra

In the country’s smallest state, Victoria, there’s Mildura, Dromana,  Yarra Valley, Rutherglen, Mornington Peninsula, and Macedon Ranges (eg Curly Flat).

The Australian Capital Territory has a small industry.

New South Wales regions include The Riverina, Mudgee,  South Coast NSW, Hunter Valley and a small concern near Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast.

Queensland wine regions are few because the variety of wine grapes that can grow in high humidity is limited but you will find a small industry on Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland.

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