Australians may love their beer, but they also sure know how to make a great wine.
Media and stereotypes about the Australian climate may give the impression to people overseas that not much can be grown in the land Down Under, or that it never gets cold in winter. I know the weather part is all relative, but the truth stands that winter can get pretty chilly, and there are regions of the country that have extremely fertile farmlands – some perfect for growing wine grapes. Australians produce around 750 million liters of wine each year, and Australia claims the title as the 4th largest exporter of wine in the entire world.
A popular tourist attraction for locals and overseas visitors alike is driving to one of Australia’s wine regions, taste-testing at cellar doors and indulging in the decadent food that is likely to accommodate such an area. To help you on your journey, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best wine regions in Australia.
Located just a 2 hour drive to the north from Sydney city, the Hunter Valley receives nearly 2.5 million visitors every year. Located within the region are 120 wineries, cheese and specialty shops, gourmet restaurants, a golf course, and countless other activities to entertain on weekends away. The Hunter Valley grows several varieties of grapes including the Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay, but it is most famous for the Semillon.
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The Yarra Valley is within easy reach of the big city of Melbourne at just about an hour’s drive to the east. Famous for its Chardonnay and its Pinot Noir, wine lovers of all types will enjoy a day at the 50 cellar doors of the region, taste-testing and relaxing with loved ones. Besides wineries, the Yarra Valley attracts visitors interested in spa getaways, cycling tours and markets.
The Barossa Valley, located just a 2 hour drive from Adelaide, contains around 50 wineries and, therefore, makes for a great day trip, weekend or week away in South Australia. The Barossa’s special wine of note would be the Shiraz, but other varieties produced include Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro and Tawny. Other attractions in the Barossa include galleries and museums, walking and cycling, shopping, and golf.
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The Tamar Valley runs from Launceston, Tasmania to the Tamar River and contains 20 wineries. Although small, the Tamar Valley has built a reputation for producing some spectacular Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.
At less than 25 minutes away from Perth city, the Swan Valley is the most accessible wine region from a capital city in Australia. The Swan Valley is composed of over 150 attractions including wineries, microbreweries, gourmet shops and galleries – literally something for everyone.
A list of famous wine regions:
- New South Wales: Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Orange, Southern Highlands
- Queensland: Granite Belt, South Burnett
- South Australia: Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale
- Tasmania: Tamar Valley
- Victoria: Alpine Valleys, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, King Valley
- Western Australia: Margaret River, Great Southern, Swan Valley