5 Aussie Wine Regions You Need to Visit
Australia is a nation of vino lovers - in fact, we're the biggest wine drinkers in the English-speaking world! And when you take a sip of all the beautiful bottles coming from our many world-class wine regions, it's not hard to see why.
Pour yourself a glass of your favourite drop and settle in, because we're taking you on a little tour of the destinations that should be on every wine lover's bucket list 🍷
1. Barossa Valley, South Australia
As if we could begin with anywhere else! The Barossa is home to around 50 wineries (including icons like Penfolds, Peter Lehmann and Wolf Blass) with over 25,000 acres of vineyards planted in the area. That's a whole lotta wine!
Shiraz is the region's signature variety, but you'll also find some incredible Rieslings, Semillons, Grenaches, Cab Savs and more. Oh, and don't get us started on the Barossa's culinary offerings - hello Maggie Beer!
Intrigued? Right now, you can experience some of the best wine the Barossa Valley has to offer at the acclaimed Hemera Estate in Lyndoch (awarded five stars by Halliday). You'll enjoy a wine tasting, a share platter full of local delights, a glass of wine each, a bottle to take home and more discounts for just $29 for two! The view isn't bad either...
2. Margaret River, Western Australia
If boutique wineries are more up your alley, then you're going to love the Margaret River. Despite being one of Australia's youngest regions, it's quickly becoming a favourite around the nation and the world, with a climate similar to that of Bordeaux.
You'll find an even spread of reds and whites here, with Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Shiraz among the most popular varieties.
This spectacular coastal region is also known for its unrivalled surf breaks, making it must-visit for those who love their surfing almost as much as they love their wine.
But if you can't get to the Margaret River in person, relax! We've got a case of red, white and mixed Aussie wines boasting some of the area's best drop from $75, delivered to your door.
3. Yarra Valley, Victoria
The birthplace of Victoria's wine industry, the Yarra Valley is home to more than 70 wineries, including De Bortoli and Chandon. While this region is renowned for its diversity, its cool climate makes it ideal for the production of varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.
Conveniently situated about an hour and a half's drive from Melbourne, the Yarra attracts millions of visitors each year thanks to its beautiful, sprawling vineyards and gourmet food offerings.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, if you've got a hankering for the ultimate Yarra Valley winery experience, we've got just the thing for you - a weekend away at the Halliday five-star Balgownie Estate in Yarra Glen. We're talking daily buffet breakfast, a beer or wine each, plus a wine tasting at the cellar door. Prices start at just $399 for two nights, so get in quick, because a deal this good won't last long.
4. Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Dating back to the early 1800s, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. It's also one of our favourites, thanks in part to its close proximity to Sydney and Newcastle.
So, what can you expect to find here? Well, with around 150 cellar doors scattered throughout the area, you'll never go thirsty - or hungry, for that matter!
The region is known for its Semillon wines, but you can't go wrong with a bottle (or a dozen!) of Hunter Valley Shiraz, Chardonnay or Merlot.
When you're done sampling some of the region's best produce, why not treat yourself to some seriously stunning views with an adventure flight over the Hunter? For just $149 per person, you can take in views unlike any you've ever seen before onboard an open-air vintage biplane! Indiana Jones, eat your heart out.
5. McLaren Vale, South Australia
What is it about South Australia that just makes it so good at producing incredible wine? There's the Barossa (of course), the Adelaide Hills (well worth a visit!) and then there's McLaren Vale.
Perched just south of Adelaide CBD, this area is another one of Australia's oldest wine regions, with the first grapes planted back in 1838. Since then, it's become world-renowned for its dry reds - think Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet.
Want a little taste of everything that makes the McLaren Vale so great? Head to Shingleback Wine Tasting Room (rated five red stars by Halliday) for the ultimate winery experience from $29. Start with a wine tasting, then enjoy a gourmet platter with a glass of wine each, and take home a bottle of Cab Sav, Shiraz or Chardonnay to remember your visit. Yes, please!
We hope you've enjoyed your journey around Australia's best wine regions! Remember, even if you can't get there in person, you can still enjoy some of the country's greatest wines. Simply head over to Scoopon to check out our huge range of discount wine offers!