A glass of Australian wine is easy to drink and full of flavour. Here in Australia, the wine growers pride themselves on keeping the traditions of the past whilst continuing to lead in innovation. It’s this combination that makes Australian wine so unique.
Australia is a huge country and it is this size that allows such a large range of climates and soils. This range is far greater than Europe given it is just so much bigger. The result is a large range of wines with incredible regional character.
Australian wine growers don’t attempt to replicate wines from other countries. The growers are also not hampered by incumbent rules and regulations that the old world wines have to stick to. Instead they can be new and innovative and the end results are astonishing.
Trying to read an Australian wine label is also much easier than its counterparts in the old world. It gives you lots of important information in a straightforward way, so you know exactly what’s in the bottle. This is very different to the old world wines.
Australia is often described as an exotic country. It certainly has many different areas and climates. This exoticness is brought out in the wine with each region having its very own taste and attributes.
It’s hard to pick the best wine regions in Australia, as they are all great. It depends what type of grape and style you prefer.
Many choose the Hunter Valley due to its location – just 2 hours from Sydney. The region is famous for its Semillon and Shiraz. Taking an organized wine tour is recommended so you can enjoy a few drinks along the way. The wineries are spread out over a few kilometers so transport is a must.
A great winery to visit is Audrey. The cellar door is very modern but it is in fact one of the oldest in the Hunter. The views from up here are breathtaking. This is a great place to bring a picnic.
If you are looking for a leisurely afternoon, enjoy lunch at one of the may winery restaurants. The food is impressive and of course the wines are perfectly matched.
There are also some nice cheese and chocolate shops, a world-class golf course and plenty of spas for ladies that like some pampering.
Another favourite wine region is the Margaret River on the West coast of Australia. It is just 3 hours from Perth, and is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
If you fancy combining pristine beaches with world-class wineries then this is the region for you. Enjoy long lunches at beautiful wineries and then head to the tranquil beaches with perfect turquoise waters.
A trip to Australia, really isn’t complete unless you have visited and experienced at least one of its many wine regions