Roam the winer­ies

Raise your glass and savour the beauty of these scenic val­leys, which of­fer top drops, divine food and more!

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - October Contents -

there are more than 60 des­ig­nated wine re­gions in Aus­tralia, mak­ing it one of the largest wine-pro­duc­ing coun­tries in the world – and one of the best ex­cuses to go on a road trip! While Aussie wines are win­ning plau­dits around the world, you can en­joy the de­li­cious­ness right on your doorstep. Add invit­ing cel­lar doors, charm­ing restau­rants and qual­ity pro­duce and there’s no limit to the flavour and fun you’ll dis­cover.


About 60km north-east of Ade­laide, this re­gion is one of Aus­tralia’s old­est winegrowin­g ar­eas. While a va­ri­ety of grapes grow here, the Barossa is per­haps best known for shi­raz. With quaint vil­lages and scenic coun­try drives, it’s an in­tox­i­cat­ing des­ti­na­tion. It has about 150 winer­ies, in­clud­ing big names like Pen­folds, Sep­pelt and Wolf Blass. Tip Hire a car and travel the 57km Barossa Scenic Her­itage Drive, with its beau­ti­ful scenery and a great se­lec­tion of cel­lar doors.

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Named for the Hunter River that winds its way through the val­ley, this area is just a few hours north of Syd­ney and is renowned for its semil­lon. But there are many other grape va­ri­eties you’ll want to taste so give your­self plenty of time. Cen­tred around Cess­nock, vine­yards ex­tend north into the Up­per Hunter. It's also a must-visit spot for fes­ti­vals, out­door con­certs and mar­kets.

Tip If you love food and wine, the Hunter of­fers a num­ber of cook­ing schools and wine tast­ing tours.

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winecoun­ TA­MAR VAL­LEY, TAS Start­ing from Launceston and head­ing north to the shores of the Bass Strait, the Ta­mar River of­fers in­cred­i­ble scenery. This cool-cli­mate wine re­gion has the state’s old­est winer­ies and of­fers up lovely crisp and tasty drops, in­clud­ing pinot gris, ries­ling, sauvi­gnon blanc, and of course, great pinot noir. Ri­valling any­thing from France, be sure to try the se­lec­tion of Ta­mar Val­ley’s sparkling wines. Sim­ply fol­low the bright blue and yel­low signs of the Ta­mar Val­ley Wine Route, and you’ll dis­cover all the val­ley has to of­fer, with places to stop on both sides of the river!

Tip Don’t worry about get­ting your col­lec­tion of wine home. Bot­tles pur­chased on the Wine Route will be packed and shipped di­rectly to your home from the last win­ery you visit.

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About an hour’s drive east of Mel­bourne, the val­ley is filled with cel­lar doors, cafes, restau­rants and beau­ti­ful coun­try­side for you to hike, bike or drive through. For a bird’s-eye view, try a hot-air bal­loon ride. In this area you’ll find chardon­nay, pinot noir and sparkling va­ri­eties. Be­ing so close to Mel­bourne, there are ex­cel­lent day trips and ex­tended getaway op­tions.

Tip Visit the Healesvill­e Glass Blow­ing Stu­dio for their gallery and glass­mak­ing demon­stra­tions and the Mont de Lancey His­toric Homestead for its lovely gar­dens and tea­room.

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vis­it­yarraval­ In next month’s BHG,

Fast Ed trav­els to the Mar­garet River re­gion in WA to sam­ple the lo­cal pro­duce and wine.

Ta­mar Val­ley Hunter Val­ley Yarra Val­ley Barossa

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