Thirsty for a cracking chardonnay? A piquant pinot gris? A tasty tempranillo? Once restrictions are eased, wineries are the perfect places to unwind in with a glass of your favourite plonk! Here are some of Caravanning Australia’s top recommendations for any travelling wine aficionados.
Riverland, South Australia
Surrounded by stunning limestone cliffs, this is the largest wine-producing region in Australia. It’s also home to Riverland Wine, one of the first wineries to use a virtual reality wine experience! The warm and temperate climate makes it a wonderful producer of shiraz, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and other alternative varieties such as Montepulciano and Vermentino. Try Mallee Estate Wines, 919 Wines, Riverland Vintners or head to Banrock Station for an eco-winery experience.
Margaret River, Western Australia
Popular with surfing enthusiasts, Margaret River is known for its mouth-watering seafood and pristine beaches. With more than 200 vineyards, Margaret River is a key producer, making 20 per cent of Australia’s wine. It’s also at the forefront of sustainability, with minimal intervention winemaking getting increasingly popular. Make sure that you try its most well-known drop – cabernet sauvignon. Stella Bella Wines, Voyager Estate and Berry Farm are all noteworthy wineries, with delicious food to accompany any tastings.
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Victorian winemaking began right here in this region, with the landscape and terrain perfectly suited for growing cool-climate wines. After brothers William, Donald and James Ryrie established the area’s first commercial vineyard (where Chateau Yering now stands) in 1837, it’s continued a legacy of winemaking. There are 300 operating vineyards and 160 wineries, and the region has a reputation for combining heritage with innovation. Visit Punt Road Wines to try their famed pinot noir, or stop by Soumah Wines for some traditional northern Italian cooking to soak up your wine tasting.
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