WHERE ARE AUSTRALIA’S WINE REGIONS?
Excluding the deep centre and northern tropical zones, fantastic wine is produced all across Australia, from the island of Tasmania in the southeast to the Indian Ocean coast in Western Australia. All of the following wine regions are within easy driving distance from major cities:
Barossa Valley – A world-leader for shiraz and home to hundreds of different wineries.
The Adelaide Hills – An emerging wine region just 20 minutes from Adelaide CBD.
Clare Valley – Renowned for producing some of the best riesling in the world.
Fleurieu Peninsula – Beautiful stretches of coastal countryside blend with world-famous wine-making areas like McLaren Vale and Langhorn Creek.
Limestone Coast – Unique for its rich terra rossa soil, Coonawarra leads a host of sub-regions producing excellent wines with distinctive terroir flavours.
Kangaroo Island – Combining wild nature, wildlife, excellent wines and top-shelf spirits, Kangaroo Island is something of a hidden secret among South Australian wine regions.
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Yarra Valley – Victoria’s oldest and grandest wine region and right on Melbourne’s doorstep, renowned for its award-winning chardonnay and pinot noir, not to mention lush landscapes and artisan cheesemakers.
Pinot Coast – A breathtaking coastal stretch southeast of Melbourne, where the state’s freshest seafood combines with perfect coastal conditions for excellent cool-climate pinot noir.
Shiraz Central – Victoria’s largest wine region by area, this huge area in central Victoria goes all-in on Australia’s favourite and most famous grape, churning out top-shelf Shiraz to rival its South Australian neighbours.
Victorian High Country – Victoria’s Italian influence is on full display along the King Valley Prosecco Road, while the muscat produced around Rutherglen counts among Australia’s finest sweet and fortified wines.
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New South Wales
Orange – With some of the highest vines in Australia, this understated region produces some outstanding higher-altitude varietals with distinctive terroir.
Mudgee – Another historic wine region with vines dating back to 1858, this area is dominated by big, bold red wines.
Murray Darling – Soft, fruity chardonnays are the undoubted king of this vast region stretching over 350km across the plains of the Murray and Darling rivers.
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Tamar Valley – Vineyards producing Australia’s best sparkling wine line the rich, fertile shores of the Tamar river between Launceston and the northern Tasmanian coast.
Coal River Valley – Only 20 minutes from Hobart, the sun-soaked northeastern slopes of the Coal River Valley produce superb white, sparkling and pinot noir wines, centred around the picturesque old town of Richmond.
Derwent Valley – Climbing towards Tasmania’s Central Highlands, the Derwent River Valley’s diverse soil conditions and elevations are garnering a growing reputation in world wine circles.
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Margaret River – Although vines were first planted here in the 1960s, Margaret River has wasted no time in establishing itself as one of Australia’s premier wine regions, especially for cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.
Great Southern – The wild Southern Ocean meets forested cliffs and striking mountain ranges here, where five distinct subregions produce outstanding riesling and cool-climate shiraz.
Perth Hills – Only 30 minutes from Perth CBD, the rolling hills of the Darling Ranges are home to many small-scale boutique wineries
Southern Forests – Ancient karri trees line clifftops behind 150km of coastline in this breathtaking region, which is known for avocados and truffles as well as first-rate chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.
Sample itinerary for a fabulous getaway in the Margaret River Wine Region
Granite Belt – Situated above 1000m altitude with unique decomposed granite soils, the Granite Belt has over 50 vineyards and cellar doors offering a smorgasbord of styles.
Scenic Rim – Nestled within the eroded rim of an ancient volcano, this fertile area produces a diverse range of vintages coupled with unforgettable scenic views.
South Burnett – Hot days and cold, crisp nights combine on the fringes of the Great Dividing Range and have made South Burnett the fastest-growing wine region in Queensland, with many small-scale and experimental vineyards popping up in recent years.
Crazy as it seems, the Northern Territory actually did have a working winery up until a few years ago with Chateau Hornsby, and more recently with Red Centre Wines (who specialised in mango wines). Nowadays, however, NT doesn’t hold much for visiting wine-lovers, and it’s best to focus on regions you can visit in the other states.