Did you know that there are 65 Australian wine regions? So while most people travel to Australia to visit the Great Barrier Reef or see exotic wildlife, there are also plenty of wine travel destinations within the country.
In fact, Australian winemakers and wine tourism contribute roughly 45.5 billion dollars to the economy each year and provide approximately 163,790 jobs.
What are some of the most popular wine regions in Australia? This post will share a few and give you ideas for your next vacation!
Yarra Valley, Victoria
The Yarra Valley was the first district to grow wine in Victoria, beginning in the mid-1800s. Since the area has one of the country’s coolest climates, producers can make a wide range of classic styles of wine, including:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley winemakers pride themselves on their innovative production practices and traditions, along with their deep respect for the land.
If you choose to visit the Yarra Valley, you’ll have the opportunity to sip wine at hundreds of vineyards and dozens of wineries.
Rutherglen has a climate similar to that of the Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and cool, damp winters. This environment allows the area’s winemakers to grow a variety of grapes.
As a result, they are famous for their muscats and topaques, which pair well with soft cheeses, appetizers, and desserts. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of reds like Shiraz or Cabernet, you won’t be disappointed on your visit to Rutherglen.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
The Hunter Valley’s wine production started in the mid-19th century when an immigrant brought 20,000 vine cuttings from Europe. Since then, it has become one of the country’s most popular wine regions, especially due to its proximity to Sydney.
The area primarily produces Chardonnay, Semillon, and Shiraz, which it showcases at the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. If you want to attend, be sure to book your hotel in advance!
Riverina, New South Wales
Riverina is the largest wine region in New South Wales and produces 15 percent of Australia’s grape production. In addition, there is a large population of Italians in the area, creating a rich food and wine culture.
Riverina is most famous for its Botrytis Semillon, but it also produces Shiraz and Chardonnay.
If you plan to visit the spring area, you won’t want to miss the wine shows or Griffith Vintage Festival. These events are the perfect opportunity to grow your Australian wine collection and purchase wine-related products, such as a Smart Wine Aerator.
Coonawarra, South Australia
Coonawarra (which means “honeysuckle” in the Aboriginal language) is another one of Australia’s Cabernet and Shiraz-producing regions.
There are plenty of family-owned wineries to visit and food tours to participate in on your visit to Coonawarra. You can even stay at a winery for the night!
Visit Australian Wine Regions on Your Next Vacation
As you can see, there many opportunities for wine tourism in Australia. So whether you live in Australia or plan on visiting soon, be sure to include Australian wine regions in your travel itineraries. You’ll have a great time relaxing, and your tastebuds will thank you!
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