Some of the best road trips in Australia incorporate spectacular and delicious wineries. Here are the top 5 wine road adventures you can take in Australia.
The Adelaide Hills & Eden Valley
Drive into the Eden from the Barossa or take a more scenic route via the South Eastern Freeway and into the Adelaide Hills winegrowing district. Before you begin your journey in the Eden, you can’t miss Petaluma, Shaw & Smith, Nepenthe and Bird in Hand. Once you’re in the Eden you’ll need to stop on the Hill of Grace vineyard, an eight-hectare plot, in an isolated spot of the valley. It’s the source of one of the world’s greatest reds, made from some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world.
Also in South Australia, McLaren Vale is the birthplace of the South Australian wine industry, so shouldn’t be missed on your great Australian wine tour. It’s home to some of the world’s oldest grape vines. McLaren is situated between the Mount Lofty Ranges and Gulf St Vincent beaches. On offer is an incredible amount of fine wine, food, nature and art. In McLaren Vale you can experience 80 cellar doors and vineyards. The place is best known for Shiraz but it also creates wonderful Grenache and Cabernet varieties. It’s just a 45 minute drive south of Adelaide.
If you’re heading west, don’t miss out on indulging in more than 40 wineries in the Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region. Swan Valley is just a short 25 minute from the Perth city centre and 10 minutes’ drive from the airport. The valley produces some of Australia’s best Verdelho, Chenin Blanc and of course Shiraz varieties. While you’re visiting you can also enjoy some world-class art galleries, feed the wildlife at national parks and learn about Western Australia’s Aboriginal heritage.
The Mornington Peninsula is just over an hour’s drive south of Melbourne, perfect for a weekend getaway. The Peninsula with its endless wineries and bustling bayside villages shouldn’t be missed. Enjoy a red wine and then take a stroll along the coastline, taking in Victoria’s breathtaking beaches. Home to more than 50 cellar doors that specialise in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the region’s Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio and starting to make a real name for themselves in the area as well.
Of course we can’t make a wine road-trip list throughout Australia without including the Margaret River region. The region is known throughout the world for its wine and beaches. The Margaret River Region is a three hour drive south of Perth in Western Australia. While the region produces less than 3 per cent of Australia’s wines, it makes up the number in quality, offering more than a fifth of Australia’s premium wine. There are over 120 first class wineries to visit in the region, including Flinders Bay Wines, Evans & Tate and Flying Fish Cove. Among the common vineyard tours, you can also go behind the scenes of the winemaking process and enjoy a barrel room testing.