Australia is the fifth largest producer and fourth largest exporter of wine in the world. The shelves all around the world are filled with Australian wine, mostly in China, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand. All of these facts prove that Australia holds a distinctive place on the wine map of the world.
If you decide to visit this beautiful country, make sure to check out some of its 65 delightful wine regions. You will enjoy their natural beauty and the hospitality of the Australian people as much as the quality of the wine. To make it easier for you, here is a short list of regions you should consider visiting.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Some of the oldest and most recognizable Australian wine regions are situated in South Australia. One of the most appreciated ones is the Barossa Valley. Established by the German settlers in the mid-19th century, it became famous for its distinctive big, full-bodied red Barossa Shiraz with chocolate and a spicy touch.
The strong German heritage can be recognized in some other types of wine like the red blends of the Southern Rhone wines and different types of Riesling. After you visit some of 80 wineries and 150 cellar doors, make sure to explore the valley by bike, motorcycle, car, helicopter, or a hot air balloon. And don’t forget to dine at some of the many excellent restaurants.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
This charming and sloppy valley situated just outside of Melbourne is dotted with many farms, cattle herds, wineries, vineyards, and distilleries. It provides a perfect environment for anyone who wants to enjoy homemade food, some fine wine, and a pleasant atmosphere.
If you are looking for a perfect winery in Melbourne, take a 40-minute car drive to Yarra Valley’s best-hidden jewel. Olivigna is a beautiful retreat where you can enjoy excellent Italian cuisine and taste some of the finest Italian wines. The villa has a wine cellar and restaurant with an incredible view of the 20 acres of olive groves and vineyards. You can enjoy homemade pasta and home-baked bread while tasting some of the most acclaimed Italian wines like Prosecco, Sangiovese, or Brut.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
This graceful wine country is famous for the good wine and excellent cuisine as much as for its picturesque landscape. Situated just two hours north of Sydney, Hunter Valley is a real haven for nature lovers. You can choose from the wide variety of outdoor activities, like hiking, cycling, climbing, bird watching, or even flying in a hot air balloon.
Wine enthusiasts can spend their time exploring some of the many cellar doors all around the valley. Besides the praised and awarded Semillon, every wine expert can choose from a large array of wines such as Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho, etc.
The Margaret River region, Western Australia
This southeastern peak of Australia is famous for the long sandy beaches, giant surf waves, magical caves and its beautiful sunset. But ever since the 1970s, the Margaret River region also became known as one of Australia’s finest wine regions.
The mild climate, low summer rainfalls, and extensive sun exposure create the perfect conditions for growing grapes. This is the reason why its Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are known all around the world for their quality. You will find them in any of 150 cellar doors in this wine region. Among other wines, you should pay attention to Chardonnay, Semillon, and medium-bottled Shiraz.
There are more than 60 wine regions all over Australia. Different types of grapes grow on different types of ground and in different climate conditions. But besides all of these differences, they all have something in common: they all produce great wine. So if you are a real wine enthusiast, make sure to pay a visit to some of these locations.
Contributor: Marie Nieves
Marie is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.