Food and Culture Awards Headline Sponsors Flight Centre takes us on a tour of the best wine regions Down Under
Australian wine brands are now household names and with over 60 wine-producing regions in Australia, you’re bound to have the chance to visit one on your trip. Here are five of the best-known regions that Flight Centre Travel Experts can help you to discover with a delicious tasting tour.
Margaret River, Western Australia
This gourmet region is one for the connoisseurs. While this Western Australian region is a fairly small producer, it generates 20% of the country’s premium wine. It’s famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon but the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are some of Australia’s best.
Don’t miss: Allow time out from WA’s countless white-sand beaches and surfing to enjoy the underground splendour of Jewel Cave.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Perfect for a day trip from Sydney, Hunter Valley – the oldest wine-growing region in the country – boasts a staggering 150 cellar doors, including Wyndham Estate and McGuigan. Among the many varieties on offer, the area’s acclaimed Sémillon is an essential for tasting.
Don’t miss: The Hunter Wine Country Markets on Saturdays feature delightful handmade items and delicious artisan foods.
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Just over an hour outside Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula’s award-winning food and wine is down to a bounty of impossibly fresh produce. While the hinterland also focuses on Pinot Noir, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cheese tasting and fine dining, not to mention quaffable craft brews to satisfy both beer and coffee lovers.
Don’t miss: You’re never far from a friendly seaside village where the beaches are quiet, pristine and a little wild. Head to nearby Phillip Island to witness its famous Penguin Parade.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Here the biggest names in Aussie wine, such as Jacob’s Creek and Wolf Blass, share rich soils with smaller, boutique wineries creating a varied tour experience. Be prepared to drink Shiraz, the wine that made the region great.
Don’t miss: If Riesling is your tipple of choice, head to nearby Eden Valley, where the cooler climate gives the wine a crisp, dry finish.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Widely renowned for producing Australia’s finest Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest wine region. With a cooler climate compared to other areas, you’ll also find some excellent sparkling wines.
Don’t miss: Take to the skies in a hot-air balloon and watch the valley’s lush vineyards stretch out before you – it’s likely the flight will also come with wine!
McLaren Vale, South Australia
Less than an hour south of Adelaide – the wine capital of Australia, with 200 cellar doors within easy reach – McLaren Vale is a Shiraz-led region, though Grenache and Chardonnay are also specialities.
Don’t miss: Go swimming with seals off Kangaroo Island, a wildlife haven also home to sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species.
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