From bushfires to COVID-19, there is no doubt that Australia’s viticulture industry has been hit hard this year. While many of us are still unable to venture out to our favourite wineries for a day of sampling and tasting, those of us who can travel have some pretty stellar wine regions to choose from.
Whether you’re looking to catch up with friends through a day trip or reconnect with loved ones over a weekend away, there are plenty of wineries that will fit the bill when it comes to your travelling needs.
Here is the Grand Cru team’s pick of winery experiences open to you around Australia.
Jacob’s Creek – Barossa Valley, South Australia
As one of Australia’s most well-known wine labels, you are bound to have a stellar time at the winery’s Barossa Valley vineyards. Thanks to the extensive range of wines and on-site restaurant offering delectable dishes made from local produce, there is something for everyone at Jacob’s Creek.
Vasse Felix – Margaret River, Western Australia
Vasse Felix is the founding estate in the Margaret River region, so it makes sense that this winery has an unparalleled reputation as one of WA’s must-visit vineyards. While the wine is undoubtedly brilliant, Vasse Felix offers far more than a high-quality tipple – the winery is also home to ‘The Vault’, a dedicated wine museum, a sophisticated wine lounge, an art gallery and a fine-dining restaurant.
Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard – Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Set amongst picturesque mountain ranges, Audrey Wilkinson is the ideal location for a photo-worthy day away. You can choose to stay for a half-hour to indulge in a short and sharp wine tasting session, or extend your stay to enjoy a behind-the-scenes winery tour and admire those beautiful panoramic views.
Moorilla – Derwent Valley, Tasmania
Owned by Mona creator David Walsh, this winery combines the cutting edge of art with quality cool-climate wines. Moorilla gives you the opportunity to fuse fine wine with high art, as the cellar door is right next door to the famous Tasmanian art gallery – what better excuse to quaff a glass of quality Australian wine while admiring the work of some of the country’s finest artists?
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