Generally, wineries are located in some of the most picturesque corners of the world. It’s no wonder buses of day trippers flock to the Yarra, Hunter, Barossa and Clare Valleys, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills and myriad more. A bus trip to these locales is all good and well, but why be packed into a cramped bus following a rushed itinerary or drive yourself and have to feel left out of the wine tastings as the designated driver? There are surely better options! Why not stay at the wineries so there’s no need to worry! Here are a few of the best winery stays around Australia, so you can relish the wine tasting experience ever further.
Set on one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most pristine vineyards, Jackalope sets a new standard in luxury accommodation just outside of Melbourne. Jackalope’s critically acclaimed accommodation boasts 46 luxury rooms, a daring 30-metre inﬁnity pool lapping over the surrounding vines and immersive wine and culinary experiences for your wine filled weekend getaway. Delivered through the hotel's two restaurants, winery, cellar door and cocktail bar, you’ll be wined and dined to your hearts content.
Spicers Vineyards Estate
If you’re travelling to the Hunter Valley, make sure to visit this five-star, award winning vineyard stay for a boozy treat. Positioned on 25 acres amongst rolling hills, Spicers Vineyards Estate also offers a luxurious spa, to further immerse yourself in the wine tasting experience. Stroll through the natural bushland surrounds, book a wine tour or enjoy a wine sampling and delicious meal at Restaurant Botanica.
Lindenderry at Red Hill
Just an hour from Melbourne, it’s hard to say no to a visit to Lindenderry on the Mornington Peninsula. With 30 acres of landscaped gardens, luscious lawns and a quaint vineyard, you’ll truly be in awe of the picturesque country scenery. Sample the wines from the vineyard at its cellar door, as well as wines from sister wineries in the King Valley and Macedon Ranges.
With a vineyard over half a century old, this iconic Tasmanian winery is now home to MONA, on the Derwent River. Experience the artistic genius at the Museum of Modern Art and stay on at the on-winery apartments and enjoy the offerings of the cellar door, and wine and void bar whilst admiring the impressive modern architecture of the building.
Central to one of Australia’s best wine regions the Barossa Valley and just an hour from Adelaide, The Louise vineyard retreat is at the pinnacle of luxury wine stays in Australia. Together with the vineyard’s award-winning Appellation restaurant, The Louise is a member of several noteworthy groups such as Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Ecoluxury Retreats of the World, reflecting its strong reputation in the industry both locally and overseas.
Port Phillip Estate
This environmentally friendly, family-owned modern vineyard estate also houses a spectacular cellar door and accommodation for guests. Just a short, scenic drive from Melbourne, you’ll love the wine and the natural surrounds during your stay in Port Phillip Estate’s Luxury rooms.
In the heart of Western Australia’s Margaret River wine country is this intimate estate, surrounded by forest, lake and scenic coastline. In addition to housing one of Australia’s finest boutique vineyard stays, the estate also includes multi-award-winning Cape Lodge Restaurant and Gourmet Retreat and Cooking School.
Jacobs Creek Retreat at Moorooroo Park
A gorgeous stone homestead dating back to the 1840s serves as the accommodation on the Barossa Valley-based Jacobs Creek winery. Enjoy French-inspired rose gardens, olive groves, orchards and shiraz vineyards during your relaxing stay. With an abundance of beautiful Barossa Valley wine and cheese, who couldn’t love this relaxing retreat!
Located in the stunning Goulburn Valley, Mitchelton Winery offers an excellent wine tasting experience. With a large collection of exquisite red, white and sparkling wines, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you overlook the serenity of Mitchelton’s vineyards. Treat yourself to a night here and indulge in a relaxing spa afternoon, followed by a delicious meal and a few glasses of wine at Mitchelton’s restaurant, to then finish the day in one of their 70 hotel rooms that combine both comfort and class. A weekend getaway set for perfection.
Once you’re done gallivanting around Australia having leisurely sojourns at various wineries in beautiful slices of Australia, you’re going to want to wind down at home. There’s no better way to do it than with a delicious drop from a bottle that you collected in your travels. Keep it at the optimum temperature for serving with a wine fridge from Grand Cru Wine Fridges, and enjoy it as it’s supposed to be served.