GOR­GEOUS VINE­YARD STAYS

Get out your fin­ery and spend a night at a win­ery

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WISHLIST AUSTRALIA - MELINDA BROWN­ING

1 MONA PAVIL­IONS, HO­BART, TAS­MA­NIA

When MONA – Aus­tralia’s largest pri­vate mu­seum – burst onto the tourism scene, it not only repo­si­tioned Tassie as an edgy art desti­na­tion but also launched a new era for win­ery ho­tels. Be­sides hous­ing some of Aus­tralia’s most exciting mod­ern art, the Mu­seum of Old and New Art site is home to Tassie’s sec­ond old­est vine­yard, Moo­rilla. The vines pro­duced their first crop in 1962, al­most 40 years be­fore MONA opened its doors. And there’s nowhere bet­ter to en­joy a drop on the prop­erty than at the stun­ning MONA Pavil­ions, a col­lec­tion of eight ar­tis­ti­cally de­signed vil­las look­ing out over the River Der­went.

MONA.NET.AU

2 JACK­A­LOPE, MORN­ING­TON PENIN­SULA, VIC­TO­RIA

Such a game-changer was the open­ing of the $40 mil­lion five-star bou­tique ho­tel set in Wil­low Creek Vine­yard, that within weeks of open­ing last year, it had al­ready been named Aus­tralia’s Ho­tel of the Year. Jack­a­lope’s avant-garde de­sign fea­tures floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows through­out the 46-room ho­tel, pri­vate ter­races, a 30m in­fin­ity pool and spa. Com­bined with a hat­ted restau­rant on site, it’s fair to say Jack­a­lope has put Mer­ricks North (on Vic­to­ria’s Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula) on the map. And it’s just chap­ter one for Jack­a­lope Ho­tels, with the com­pany’s next ven­ture a 32-suite de­signer ho­tel in Mel­bourne’s Flin­ders Lane.

JACKALOPEHOTELS.COM

3 SANCTUARY BY SIRROMET, MT COT­TON, QUEENS­LAND

Queens­land may be bet­ter known for Bundy and XXXX than its wine, but Sirromet Wines is work­ing hard to fix that. And camp­ing hol­i­days may have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing hard work, but Sirromet aims to re­write that too. Queens­land’s first win­ery glamp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence opened at the site, 40 min­utes from Bris­bane, in June. They’re not just tents, they’re an “evo­lu­tion of glamp­ing”. It may look secluded, but you won’t go hun­gry here – there’s a cel­lar door with cafe, plus two restau­rants (Tus­can Ter­race and fine diner Restau­rant Lurleen’s) on site. Al­ready, 18 tented pavil­ions have opened, with plans to grow that to 54 spread across the 8ha site.

SIRROMET.COM

4 NASHDALE LANE, OR­ANGE, NSW

Camp­ing out among the vines in a re­gion known for its chilly nights and oc­ca­sional snow­fall might seem a strange de­ci­sion, but when your tent is a luxury sa­fari-style num­ber warmed by a wood fire, and there’s easy ac­cess to the cool-cli­mate wines that make the Or­ange re­gion fa­mous, it’s a no-brainer. Nashdale Lane is home to NSW’s first vine­yard glamp­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with its two tented cab­ins kitted out with hard­wood floor­ing, a four-poster queen bed, and full bath­room with mon­soon shower. The lat­est ad­di­tion to the win­ery site is its cel­lar door, which opened last month in a re­pur­posed 70-year-old shed.

NASHDALELANE.COM

5 BALGOWNIE ES­TATE, BENDIGO, VIC­TO­RIA

A bub­ble bath takes on a whole new mean­ing at Balgownie Es­tate Bendigo, where guests can en­joy a glass of Balgownie bub­bles while tak­ing a dip in an open-air tub on a pri­vate deck over­look­ing the vine­yard. The win­ery launched its new ac­com­mo­da­tion ear­lier this year, and the most glam­orous of its 15 tents fea­tures a claw­foot bath, along with a four-poster bed and in­ter­nal bath­room. To com­ple­ment the chic digs, the on-site restau­rant serves pro­vin­cial French fare. And if tents – even the fancy kind – aren’t your thing, the win­ery homestead also of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion, plus there are two on-site cot­tages.

BALGOWNIEESTATEBENDIGO.COM

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.