Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of wine. There are a lot of different wine regions in Australia, but www.Australia.com does a great job of breaking them down into 5 manageable areas: South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory.
South Australia includes the Barossa Valley, which produces a great Riesling, and some of the best Shiraz in the world. McLaren Vale, in South Australia, is known for its Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. The McLaren Vale area is home to over 50 wineries and hundreds of independent growers. I know I could definitely get behind a trip to visit all those wineries! Finally, South Australia is also home to the Clare Valley which is known for its wine and for its food. Expect to find outstanding Riesling, Merlot, Chardonnay, and other types of wine here.
Western Australia includes the Margaret River area, just a few hours south of Perth, which produces some of the country’s premium wines and has a great food scene, especially for seafood lovers. Western Australia also has a boutique winery area, Swan Valley. Here, many of the wines are produced in smaller batches and not sold in large commercial operations. Instead, you often find wines in this region being sold simply at the wineries, which are generally smaller and more likely to be run by families. Some of Australia’s best Cabernet and Shiraz can be found here.
The Hunter Valley in New South Wales is home to over 120 wineries including Australia’s oldest winery, Wyndham Estate. Only a couple hours outside of Sydney, this region could make a great excursion for a couple of days during a longer stay!
The Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula in Victoria offer opportunities to sample Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. In the Yarra Valley region you can find everything from small boutique wineries to huge commercial operations and, of course, a great glass of Shiraz. Mornington Peninsula is home to mostly boutique and small, family-owned wineries which are often paired with local produce. The region is also home to multiple food and wine festivals.
Finally, the Australian Capital Region, near Canberra, might be the best place to go for both food and wine. The region is home to over 100 vineyards, wineries, cafes, and farms where you can find great wines and new takes on regional cuisine.
Since I was not old enough to drink in the US yet on my last trip to Australia, I didn’t get to visit any wineries – I didn’t think I liked wine then! I can’t wait to take another trip and visit some of these great regions, and sample some delicious wines. How about y’all? Anyone been to Australia and had a great wine experience? Let us know in the comments!