With more than 1 billion litres of wine produced every year, Australia is listed among the top wine-producing countries in the world. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and about 130 other wine varieties are grown across this vast, beautiful country. Spend a day and tour in one of these world-renowned wine regions. Sip and enjoy world-class wines and indulge in exceptional cuisines while enjoying breathtaking views of lush vineyards underneath the golden sun.

 

Here, we give you the best of Australia’s wine regions.

 

1.  BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

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The Barossa Valley, which is over an hour drive north of Adelaide is considered as one of the world’s greatest wine regions. The valley is just 18 kilometres long but it produces 21% of Australia’s wine. Home to Australia’s greatest reds, Barossa Valley has over 80 cellar doors to explore including five-star retreats, luxurious accommodation and superb food. From 1970’s to 1980’s, Barossa Valley has been vital in the evolution of Australian wine, helping to bring fine Australian wine to a global audience.

 

 

2.  MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

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Just 45 minutes south of Adelaide, the wine region of Mclaren Vale is the birthplace of the South Australian wine industry and home to some of the world's oldest grape vines. Grapes were first planted in 1838 and some are over 100 years old but are still producing. It is also one of the best Shiraz growing regions, but second only to Barossa. With its Mediterranean climate, it also produces varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

 

3.  MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

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One of the newer wine regions that are located South of Perth in Western Australia is Margaret River, known for its craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries. The main grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin Blanc and Verdelho. It is recognized as one of the best Bordeaux-like regions and produces wines in a unique European style, much different than the rest of Australia.

 

 

4.  YARRA VALLEY, VICTORIA

 

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Located in Victoria and less than an hour drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is home to perfectly manicured vineyards, exceptional gourmet dining and lovely accommodations. The cool climate of the Yarra Valley is perfect for the production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wine. Take an early morning hot air balloon flight, connect with passionate food and wine producers or cruise the vine-covered hills of Coldstream, Healesville or Yarra Glen that draw millions to this renowned wine growing region.

 

 

5.  COONAWARRA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

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With a big reputation for award-winning reds, Coonawarra wine region in the Limestone Coast of South Australia is only 20 kilometres in length and 2 kilometres in diameter. Although a small region, Coonawarra’s "terra rossa" soil" is perfect for growing grapes, with its premium reds always bagging awards. It is famous for its internationally renowned Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

 

6.       HUNTER VALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES

 

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Located in New South Wales and just a 2-hour drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley has more cellar doors than any other region, making it a perfect place for wine tasting. Semillon is the star of the region but it also produces wine from other grapes variety such as Shiraz, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Cabernet Sauvignon. Hop on a balloon flight which offers a perfect backdrop for a flight of a lifetime. Take in the views of the picturesque wine regions of Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury or Broke.  Indulge in wine tours with its more than 150 wineries or you can take comfort in its classic restaurants while enjoying the sweeping views of landscapes.          

 

 

7.  CLARE VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

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The beautiful Clare Valley which is less than two hour's drive north of Adelaide is home to 30 small and family-run wineries. It is compact but densely packed with established and new wineries. It is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, dating back to 160 years. An escape to this charmingly secluded wine region may be one of the best as the experience is more personal and intimate. They are best known for their Reisling wines.

 

8.  MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA

 

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With the region's cool, maritime climate, alongside its charming seaside villages, spa retreats and local produce, the Mornington Peninsula located on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay and just an hour drive from Melbourne has become ideal in growing grapes and producing wines. Tucked in among the olive groves, orchards and vineyards are more than 50 wineries that feature cellar doors that offer their famous Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. It also offers handcrafted beer and has artisan distillers creating gin, vodka and grappa.