A Wine Journey Through Australia
Discover Australian wine regions with wine tasting
In the last 230 years, Australia has become a major manufacturer of top-quality wine brands. Captain Arthur Phillip
imported Australia’s first grape vines from the Cape of Good Hope and Brazil in 1788. The vines planted then were
faring better, but not until the arrival of James Busby (Scottish viticulturist) in 1824 did the wine industry
really take off. Today, Australia is one of the top 10 wine producers in the world, exporting over 1 billion liters
of wine to the world. Here are some of the most renowned Australian wine regions.
Mornington Peninsula is located in Victoria, southeast of
Melbourne, where small amounts of high-quality wine are produced in around 60 wineries (more than 200 vineyards).
This area, particularly noted for Pinot
noir, is where you can see beautiful orchards, historic mansions,
rolling hills, and olive groves. Enjoy in finely sculpted hedge mazes and old rose gardens is where you can
picnic and relax. Mornington Peninsula is a well-known food lover’s region, where you can also participate in
recreational activities, such as hand gliding, sailing, surfing, scuba diving, skiffle boarding, and
|The colourful old bathing boxes in Edithvale, a beach suburb in Melbourne, are
popular tourist attraction and considered historical treasures. (Image by
One of the oldest Australian wine growing regions. By
visiting Hunter Valley, you
will have a unique chance to treat your sensory receptors and indulge in wine and food tasting – local cheeses and
other dairy goods, hand-made chocolate, sourdough breads, charcuterie, and fresh olive oil. After that, you can
relax by taking a helicopter or a hot-air balloon ride, a game of golf, or shopping for local and antique
artworks. Sydney Tours R Us are your best
bet to make the most
of Hunter Valley, by offering wonderful small wine tasting tours.
|On your journey through Australia's wine regions, pay a visit to Hunter Valley,
the oldest of Australian wine growing regions. (Image by
With about more than 5 thousand hectares of land under vine, and more than 200
wineries, Margaret River is a well renowned wine and food region in Southwestern Australia. You can explore
everything from wine cellars to stunning beaches. Taste local handmade chocolates and artisan cheese, try fresh
ocean crayfish, and visit the boutique breweries for some quality, local brew. Also, explore the outdoors by
engaging in activities like snorkeling, surfing, diving, or simply a long walk through the forest.
|As its name suggests, Surfers Point at Margaret River is known for its consistent
and waves, making it very popular with surfers. (Image by Wikimedia.org)
A bottle of Cabernet Shiraz wine
(Image by Staticflickr.com)
Vale wine region is situated in South Australia, named after the
Colonial Manager of the South Australia Company, David McLaren. There are 63 wineries, and about 270 independent
Weekend farmer’s markets are a must-visit, packed with delicious cheeses, fresh
bread, fruit and olives. Nice vineyard restaurants will provide you a pleasant evening atmosphere whilst enjoying
South Australian cuisine meals. Have a few days reserved for a horse ride, cycle or walk along the old railway line
- the Shiraz
A well-known wine region in Victoria (east of Melbourne), it is the region
surrounding the Yarra River.
Yarra Valley is an important
destination for wine tourism, due to high-quality wineries (best known for their Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and sparkling wine) and its proximity to
urban centers. There are more than 80 wineries in this region, which is known for its fresh produce – organically
grown vegetables and fruit, freshwater trout, salmon and caviar, and handmade cheeses.
|If you enjoy sparkling wines, then your wine destination should be Yarra Valley in
which produces high quality wines, including sparkling wines. (Image by
First settled by European immigrants in 1842, Barossa Valley still manages to retain its
Victorian charm. There are about 150 cellar doors and wineries in one of the finest and oldest Australian wine
producing regions. Besides Barossa Valley’s top restaurants and fresh organic seasonal
produce, you can relish
going on a motorcycle, car, hot air balloon or helicopter ride.
|Jacob's Creek is one of the best known wineries located in Barossa Valley, in South
Australia's wine region, located some 60 km from its capital Adelaide. (Image by