Best of the best wineries to visit across Australia

Wines across Australia undoubtedly make for some of the best on a global platform. Here are ten to add to your must-visit list.

It isn’t entirely incorrect to presume that most people think Australia when they think wines and wineries. 

Renowned on a global level, there’s a cellar door for every kind of wine connoisseur in Australia. From leisurely tasting in fantastical wineries to deep dives into the winemaking world, they’ve got it all. In the mood to unwind with a glass of red? Hit the Barossa Valley. Looking to get immersed in the vines? Wander through Adelaide Hills. 

The endless choices can leave you giddy for more than one reason. Given the sixty designated wine areas across Australia, it can be difficult to just whittle down a handful of the best wineries to visit in Australia

While you may know the obvious classic regions like Yarra Valley, the last few years have seen a boom in small regional wineries in South Australia. Currently, With 18 recognised regions that collectively produce more than half of Australia’s total output (and almost 80 per cent of the country’s premium drops), South Australia is at the centre of the nation’s wine industry. 

The promise of scenic destinations accompanied by a glass of wine is too good to pass up. That being said, here’s 10 of the best wineries to look forward to while in Australia. 

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Yarra Yering, Yarra Valley 

One of the most famous wine regions in yarra valley, yarra yering is known for producing some of the best reds in the country.
One of the most famous wine regions in Yarra Valley, Yarra Yering is known for producing some of the best reds in the country.

Founded in 1969 by Yarra Valley pioneer, Dr Bailey Carrodus, Yarra Yering has long maintained a formidable reputation. The iconic reds at this winery have propelled it to James Halliday’s 2021 wine guide, named Australian winery of the year and red wine of the year.

Following the arrival of winemaker Sarah Crowe in late 2013, the place has continued to flourish. One of the first wineries in Victoria, Yarra Yering produces elegant, complex and powerful wines. Approachable as young wines, they have the ability to develop in the bottle for many years. The hallmark of any popular destination lies in the availability of seats, and bookings are essential in this Australian winery. 

Penfolds, Adelaide Hills

One of the more urban vineyards in australia, this winery comes with its award-winning restaurant magill.
One of the more urban vineyards in Australia, this winery comes with its award-winning restaurant Magill.

What gives this charming winery its edge is its ability to claim being one of the more urban vineyards in Australia. Just shy of the city, this lauded winery makes the most of the cool climate and high altitude of the Adelaide Hills to produce celebrated pinots and whites. 

While the Reserve Bin A Chardonnay is one of their highlights, there’s several other things to explore while on the estate. From underground tunnels, cottages, to bluestone cellars, it’s all the works here. And of course, the estate’s Magill Restaurant has a well-deserved award-winning reputation for its food. Talk about wholesome experiences.

Mudgee Wine, New South Wales

Mudgee is one of the oldest wine regions in australia, and grows over 44 grape varietals.
Mudgee is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia, and grows over 44 grape varietals.

With over 35 cellar doors offering a choice of 44 grape varietals grown in the region, where do we begin?

Vines planted here as far back as the 1840s, make Mudgee one of the oldest wine regions in the country. They are also considered Australia’s 1970s chardonnay pioneers.  Their most popular offerings include successful Spanish and Italian red varietals. The more recent emergence of rieslings spreads hope that Mudgee can be good at white wines too. What makes this wine region especially pleasant is the low-key approach, a chance to meet the winemakers at cellar doors, and the loveliness of both town and surrounding countryside. Architecturally speaking, Logan Wines and First Ridge Wines have especially striking cellar doors.

Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River 

This winery in australia's most isolated wine region takes full advantage of its location and soil conditions to produce only the best wines.
This winery in Australia’s most isolated wine region takes full advantage of its location and soil conditions to produce only the best wines.

One of the world’s most isolated wine regions, Margaret River lays claim to some fantastic wineries. Of these, the most popular is arguably Leeuwin, which has a long association with the arts. 

The family-run estate has long established itself as a renowned producer of critically acclaimed chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons. In addition to this, the family-run estate puts on events throughout the year, including concerts and cookery classes. There’s also an on-site gallery where visitors can peruse paintings over a glass of their favourite.

Jacobs Creek, Barossa Valley

From jacob's creek unvined selection, the same authentic australian wine with practically no alcohol.
From Jacob’s Creek Unvined selection, the same authentic Australian wine with practically no alcohol.

Jacobs Creek is one of those wines you’d know from a great distance. Arguably the most famous wine region in Oz, this winery comes with an interesting backstory. 

Barossa Valley was settled by German Lutherans in the 1800s, who founded towns such as Langmeil and Hoffnungsthal. Jacob’s Creek is the spot where one of those immigrants, Johann Gramp, planted his vines and thus spawned one of the world’s most famous wine brands. Such is the reach of the brand that they’ve also successfully established Jacobs Creek Unvined, with the same flavours and a fraction of the alcohol. 

Domaine Chandon, Yarra Valley 

Nothing marks a celebration like popping open a fine bottle of chandon wine.
Nothing marks a celebration like popping open a fine bottle of Chandon wine.

Chandon is undeniably one of the more popular and palatable wines across the globe. It’s more than likely that you’ve popped a bottle of Chandon at some celebration along the way! 

The magic happens at Domaine Chandon, the winery behind Australia’s most popular boujee bubbly. The LVMH-owned winery is also one of the Yarra’s most popular places to wine and dine, featuring an award-winning restaurant and stunning architecture.

Audrey Wilkinson, Hunter Valley

You can wine and picnic, deep dive in their museums, and do a whole lot more at this winery in australia.
You can wine and picnic, deep dive in their museums, and do a whole lot more at this winery in Australia.

Established in 1866, Audrey Wilkinson vineyards specialise in handmade wines. Part of the famous Hunter Valley region, the vineyards here are some of the oldest in Australia, dating back to the 1820s.

Located in the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain range, this family-run estate produces award-winning semillon. Their cellar door is located atop one of these aforementioned foothills.

As you take in the stunning beauty of the vineyard, you can stay in one of the two cottages available: Mulberry Cottage and The Dairy. Additional things to explore include charting the history of the Wilkinson winemakers at the on-site museum, and gourmet picnics plus tastings amongst the estate’s gnarled vines.

d’Arenberg winery, McLaren Vale

This rubik's cube shaped tasting room is perhaps one of the more tantalizing offerings at this australian winery.
This Rubik’s Cube shaped tasting room is perhaps one of the more tantalizing offerings at this Australian winery.

The Rubik’s cube inspired tasting room with exemplary views of McLaren Vale made headlines for this winery more than once. d’Arenberg has won global acclaim for its reds, but there’s more to this place than wine. 

This Australian winery is famous for using traditional winemaking practices, including the use of small batches, basket-pressed grapes and foot-treading. They also have a famous restaurant, with rave reviews for their fare.

Vasse Felix, Margaret River

Nothing like a bottle of wine from vasse felix.
Nothing like a bottle of wine from Vasse Felix.

Vasse Felix is Margaret River’s founding wine estate, established in 1967 by regional pioneer Dr Tom Cullity. 

The pristine isolation, ancient lands and twin oceans make Margaret River a wine paradise and one of the world’s greatest environments to grow ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. 

These varieties, alongside Shiraz and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the primary focus at Vasse Felix. All wines are estate-grown in Vasse Felix’s four Margaret River vineyards. They are then estate-made and bottled within its state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Upon visit, you can learn more on how to pair foods and wines whilst exploring their art gallery, gardens and sculpture walk, too.

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