Photo: De Bortoli Winery, Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges
Venturing on one or more of the Food and Wine Trails are a delicious way to enjoy the best of Australia. Our wine regions have developed a laid back atmosphere with fresh produce and fine foods.
Indeed, Australians have grown to love their wines. Despite a reputation as a nation of beer lovers, wines and just about everything about it has become a part of our somewhat laid back social lifestyle.
Australia has a huge diversity of wine regions and wine types/styles. You can find beachside wineries or southern cool climate wines, wineries now exist in almost every region of Australia.
Sampling the hearty Shiraz wines of the Barossa and Clare Valleys, or the elegant dry whites of south west Western Australia, regarded as some of the best in the world can take an relaxed afternoon meal to the next level.
Aside from winning awards and medals in droves at numerous international wine competitions, Australian winemakers produce everything from the ever popular Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, to the newer varieties such as Pinot Noir, Viognier, Merlot And Marsanne.
Even Alice Springs, in the dry red centre of the country, boasts a boutique vineyard. You can see boutique snow covered vineyards in Orange and vineyards in the dry arid inland and in places such as Cowra and Gundagai.
Any of the coastal wine destinations, such as the Limestone Coast of South Australia, the Mornington Peninsula, the Margaret River in Western Australia and the Shoalhaven coast of NSW are well worth experiencing.
Apart from wine tastings and cellar door sales, many of our wineries offer food, everything from platters to full-blown gourmet feasts. Being Australian, we like to offer you more than just wine.
Many wineries can satisfy your hunger, provide a place to stay at night and even entertain you with music or other cultural events ranging from monthly jazz concerts to spectacular opera and musical events. A stay at one of these wineries is a very Australian country experience with a cultural bent.
You can learn about wine through tasting, talking with the winemakers and tour their facilities. Wander through the vines, sample regional delicacies in the produce store, experiment with wine and food matching in the wine bar or restaurant, or sit in the sun or beside a river or lake and take in the views and vistas.
Australia is full of small boutique wineries which you can find by exploring our wine regions. Just as importantly, you can find a generous selection of them on the wine lists of most Australian restaurants.
Some of our Internationally Acclaimed Wine Regions
Further reading about Australian Foods and Wines:
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