Kristy offers us great insights to 5 different areas of Australian to enjoy wine tasting. If you have had the pleasure of visiting the area recently, then perhaps you made it to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Melbourne that took place September 15th – October 12th. Share with us your Australian adventures. Welcome Kristy.
Wine has an old tradition in Australia, being brought to the region in 1822. One of the first people to invest and to make efforts in spreading this agricultural wealth was the well known Governor Philip, who first introduced vineyards to New South Wales at the time when it was still a penal colony. Having to withstand the harsh conditions of the Australian climate, it took several seasons before the art of Australian viticulture could be mastered.
It’s no wonder that any tourist will undoubtedly want to experience this local cultural phenomenon, a feat made easier by the number of world class wine tasting tours. Here’s a list of the most interesting place to get a taste.
- The Sydney Region & the Hunter Valley. Sydney is still young comparatively in the wine industry but this doesn’t stop it from offering a really good selection of vintages. You will find the wine makers just at the outskirts of the town, and, if you’re driving its very easy to get to. Here there are a number of individual wine growers and most of them will be quite happy to offer a wine tasting tour for you. About two hours North-West of Sydney, you may also want to take advantage of the Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours. The beautiful Hunter Valley offers not only some of the best cellars in Australia but also no end to wonderful weekend activities such as hot air ballooning or bicycling around the vineyards, golf and a myriad of festivals. You certainly won’t be bored in the Hunter Valley.
- Barossa Valley.This is another impressive wine region, this time in South Australia, located close to Adelaide. The wine region itself was founded in 1842 and with the boost in the local economy that followed lots of families were drawn to the area. As a result it has developed into a very closely knit community and almost all of the people here work in the industry in some way or another. Therefore, you can rest assured that you will get more than a wine tasting, the locals will have a lot of stories to tell about history of the Barossa and its ultra-romantic landcape. Don’t miss the local Barossa Vintage Festival that takes place in e
arly April every second year. This is an official gathering of the wine makers and wine tasting sure is a big part of it. Food, as well as music and of course the wines are the main attraction.
- Clare Valley.This is another great spot for wine tasting. Easily reachable from Auburn, Watervale or Minto, getting here is easy and comfortable. It will only take about half an hour to get herefrom Adelaide and there are plenty of attractions to set the mood on the road. The wine that is most sought after here is the Shiraz, with its particular taste deriving from the unique soil composition in the area. However, if you prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon you’re also in the right spot.
- Limestone Coast –Coonawarra. Many people know this place because of Mount Gambier. This is a volcanic mountain, now extinct, that is set next to another great natural point of interest, the Blue Lake. Wine tasting here can be quite an adventure; the site offers a lot of attractions. You may want to take a long walk on the beach, see the wildlife and especially the birdlife and then go back to tasting the local Petit Verdot, the less Known Malbec and all the other more common Pinot Noirs or Chardonnays. Whatever you feel like tasting you can get it here without a problem.
- The Adelaide Hills. Set by the St. Vincent Gulf this is sure one location that will bring a smile to your face. The scenery is really spectacular, there is a botanical garden not far from this place and you can also be happy to have the option of walking in a lush green space, considering the contrasting desert areas that surround it. Wine tours can be booked in advance from Williamstown or from Adelaide itself.
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