WINE & BEER trails around Oz

En­joy a week­end sam­pling some of the very finest drops in the coun­try

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BAROSSA VAL­LEY, SOUTH AUS­TRALIA

Barossa The rolling hills of the Val­ley have long been syn­ony­mous with winer­ies. Iconic names like Sep­pelts­field, Creek are Pen­folds and Ja­cob’s just a few of the fa­mous South vint­ners in this part of drive Aus­tralia – an hour’s sure from Ade­laide. But make winer­ies you visit the smaller to too. A good in­tro­duc­tion bou­tique pro­duc­ers pro­mot­ing small batch, sub-re­gional wine­mak­ing is at the Ar­ti­sans of Barossa Tast­ing Room, lo­cated on the out­skirts of Ta­nunda. Visit barossa.com.

MORN­ING­TON PENIN­SULA, VIC

An hour’s drive from Mel­bourne on the east­ern side of Port Phillip Bay, the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula is a haven for wine lovers. Sam­ple bril­liant wines at Polperro Win­ery and Paringa Es­tate. Taste the best the re­gion has to of­fer at the Red Hill Epi­curean, or ar­ti­sanal spir­its like li­mon­cello and grappa at Bass & Flin­ders Dis­tillery. See vis­it­morn­ing­ton penin­sula.org.

MAR­GARET RIVER, WA

A church for wine? Well, not quite, but en­thu­si­asts will want to ven­ture to WA’S south­west to visit Burch Fam­ily Wines’ Wine Chapel. Their tours start in the vine­yard and chart the course of the grape from vine to glass. For a more in­dul­gent ex­pe­ri­ence, you can pre­ar­range cheese plat­ters or a chef-cooked meal. It’s just one of the winer­ies to visit in this ver­dant re­gion, which in­cludes big names such as Vasse Felix, Leeuwin Es­tate and Cape Men­telle. See mar­gare­triver.com.

CAN­BERRA, ACT

Can­berra and sur­rounds are full of fine cel­lar door ex­pe­ri­ences, from the food and wine pair­ings at the Cap­i­tal Wines Epi­curean Cen­tre to ex­cel­lent small es­tates like Mount Ma­jura, Lerida Es­tate and the Four Winds Vine­yard. For a rus­tic din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, try Ol­leyville at Shaw Vine­yard. And if de­li­cious smoked goods to ac­com­pany your wine sounds like a good idea, then stop at the Poach­ers Pantry to stock up. Visit vis­it­can­berra.com.au.

HUNTER VAL­LEY, NSW

Whether you’re keen to sam­ple wines, dine on fab­u­lous food or see a big­name star, you’ll know why the Hunter Val­ley was re­cently named one of the top 10 wine re­gions in the world. The Val­ley and Up­per Hunter are home to more than 150 cel­lar doors, in­clud­ing Mcwil­liam’s, Tul­loch and Tyrrell’s. See winecoun­try.com.au.

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