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Australian wines are up there with the world’s finest, and our vineyards make for a great weekend getaway with friends or that special someone. Take tours, sample wines and enjoy delicious meals all at your doorstep. You don’t need to go to New Zealand or to California’s Napa Valley to indulge in one of the oldest drinks (next to beer) around – WINE!

No matter if you’re a red or white wine drinker, sparkling or rosè there is a vineyard out there for you. These are the top wine regions in Australia along with a breakdown of the best varieties of wines they produce.

Queensland

South Burnett:  This region is located 200 km north west of Brisbane and is popular for its shiraz, verdelho and sangiovesse. This region is relatively new and is home to over a dozen wineries and cellar doors. It has seen rapid growth in the last decade as the wines have gained acclaimed attention.  Take a tour of Clovely Estate, Dusty Hill and Tabinga Station.

 

New South Wales

The Hunter Valley: Famous for its semillon, chardonnay and shiraz, this region needs no introduction to any wine lover. This is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions that includes wineries such as Tempus Two, De Bortoli Wines and Tyrrell’s Wines to name a few.  If you’re in Sydney it’s great for a day trip as it’s only a 2.5-hour drive, however with a host of great hotels why would you want to go home and not spend the night or two?

Riverina: The Riverina is situated in south-central New South Wales and is the largest wine producing region in the state with the town of Griffith at its heart, however, the region spans a large area so there are plenty of wineries to choose from including McWilliam’s, De Bortoli and Lillypilly Estate.

The favourite of this area is the botrytis semillon with the region boasting over a dozen different types of this particular wine.  The Riverina whilst having other unique varieties of wines is focused on maintaining its reputation as one of the world’s best dessert wine regions.

 

Victoria

Rutherglen: Less known than the Yarra Valley, Rutherglen is located in North East Victoria just 10 km’s away from the Murray River.  The region is the smaller of the two and has 19 wineries. This is the perfect escape for a weekend getaway to a small town with so many things to do including fishing and cycling or you can take it easy and enjoy the winery tours. They are renowned for fortified wines, aromatic whites and bold reds.

Yarra Valley: About an hour away from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley offers exceptional food, scenery and accommodation for the romantics or the adventurous, with a range of activities other than wine tasting it caters for all.  Boasting 300 vineyards and 160 wineries this is truly a wine lovers heaven. The region’s most popular wines are sparkling chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and pinot noir. There are so many options to eat, stay and play in the Yarra that your weekend could easily turn into a week.

 

 

South Australia

Barossa Valley: Only an hour away from Adelaide the Barossa has 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors with plenty of varieties to sample. The region is made up of the Barossa and Eden Valleys, that makes it the only region in Australia to have both warm and cool climate growing conditions.  However, the region is renowned for its shiraz, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.

Coonawarra: Located on the Limestone Coast that borders Victoria, Coonawarra is only 20 km in length and 2 km in diameter making it a small area compared to other wine regions in Australia.  This region prides itself and is best known for its cabernet sauvignon as well as its shiraz. Although small, don’t let the size fool you, there are 28 wineries to choose from as well as plenty of dining options.

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Western Australia

Margaret River:  Not only known for its wines but also for its beaches, the Margaret River is situated south of Perth and is a three-hour drive through some of Australia’s most varied and beautiful scenery. This region is relatively new when it comes to being an established wine region, but it’s wines are world class.  It’s particularly world-renowned for its cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.  The region’s wineries include Vasse Felix, Stella Bella Wines and Voyager Estate. Perfect for a family vacation or extended stay.

 

Tasmania

Tamar Valley: Tammar Valley is found in northern Tasmania just outside of Launceston. Explore vineyards such as Pipers Brook vineyard that produces some great well-known wines including Ninth Island, Kreglinger and Pipers Brook. This region is well known for its sparkling wines and pinot noir, and is also home to some award-winning wines that Australia has produced including Josef Chromy and Jansz.

Coal River Valley:  Situated about 40 mins from Hobart en-route to Richmond, this makes for a great day trip. There aren’t that many hotels in the region itself as it’s only a short distance from Hobart and you’ll find some great accommodation options there.  Stop into Pooley Wines, Frogmore Creek and Puddle Duck and sample some delicious wines and take in some breathtaking scenery.

 

If you’ve decided to fly interstate to experience what these wineries have to offer, book your flights and receive Cashback with Virgin Australia,  Lastminuite.com.au and WebJet.  And to get to these wineries you’re going to need a car, Cashrewards can also get you Cashback on car rentals through Europcar, Hertz and other car rental retailers.

Planning on spending a night or two? Accommodation in or around the vineyards can be booked through Hotels.com, Booking.com and Expedia. Otherwise, you can tantalise your taste buds in the comfort of your own home as most wines produced in these regions can be found through Dan Murphy’s, BWS, WineMarket, Wine Selectors and many more.  Purchase through Cashrewards and also receive Cashback on your orders and hotel stay.

 

Disclaimer: Some items in this article may not be eligible for cashback. Deals, products, displayed prices, cashback rates and available retailers through Cashrewards mentioned above may change at any time without notice. This article has not been specifically sponsored in any way, by any retailer, although Cashrewards has ongoing partnerships with the stores mentioned above in order to provide you Cashback at these stores.

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Maria Schindlecker
Written by Maria Schindlecker
Maria Schindlecker is an avid traveller and book-worm who has a Masters in Journalism and Communications and has contributed to online publications such as The Scavenger and The Huffington Post. Maria likes to write about everything from food to travel and anything in between, because according to her... who wants to be boring and stick to one subject, right?