The Best Wineries and Cellar Doors to Visit this Summer
We’ve curated a guide to Australia’s best wineries and cellar doors to visit throughout the summer. Explore these renowned estates as part of a regional wine tour or take the ultimate summer road trip and tick the wineries off the bucket list. However you’re playing the game, every wine lover is bound to come out on top.
Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley
Established way back in 1851, Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most iconic wineries, spanning over 420 acres of ancient vineyards, gardens and heritage-listed architecture. The approaching roads are lined with enormous palm trees and on the hill resides the European-inspired Seppelt family mausoleum. Seppeltsfield winery is hard to miss.
Take in the lush green fields surrounded by vines and head to the cellar door for a tasting of recent and historic vintages. Learn the history of the Seppelt family and winery before enjoying a bottle over a 5-course long lunch under a palm tree at the Fino restaurant. Seppeltsfield is a must-see for every Barossa wine tour.
730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley, SA
Open daily from 10am to 5:30pm
Amelia Park Wines, Margaret River
Margaret River is surrounded by ocean on three sides, and Amelia Park Wines is just 2km from the beach. It’s not only possible to take in a morning surf before wine tasting, but it’s also highly recommended.
Sample a selection of the available vintages or take a private tasting tour of the premises and wine range. Wine flights are paired with cheese and charcuterie plates in the Cellar Door Barrel Room and visitors can enjoy a leisurely afternoon bite in the restaurant while taking in the stunning views of the vineyard.
3857 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, WA
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Established in 1849, Yalumba is another staple of the Barossa and is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. Housed in the original brandy bond store building from 1950, the Yalumba Wine Room allows guests to experience every wine the label has to offer.
The historic Clocktower warrants exploring before throwing down a picnic rug and enjoying wine and a grazing platter under the sun. The Yalumba experience goes beyond indulgence with behind the scenes tours of the famous on-site cooperage, vineyard tours and a look through the Hill-Smith Family Museum Cellar. At Yalumba, you come for the wine but stay for the history.
40 Eden Valley Rd, Angaston, SA
Open daily from 10am to 5pm
Brokenwood Wines, Hunter Valley
Brokenwood is an institution of the Hunter Valley, and its new architecturally-designed cellar door was recently deemed "2019 Cellar Door of the Year" at the Hunter Wine and Tourism Awards.
Brokenwood is also the largest complex in the Hunter Valley wine region, covering a whopping 1,400 square metres. It's home to unique wine tasting 'pods,' and an expansive outdoor terrace with stunning views of the Hunter Valley. Be sure to check out the wine museum overlooking the operational working barrel hall.
There are two dining venues to choose from - the casual eatery, Cru Bar + Pantry and modern dining room, The Wood Restaurant. Premium and iconic Brokenwood wines are available at both.
401-427 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, NSW
Open Mon to Sat 9:30am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm
Bird in Hand, Adelaide Hills
The Bird in Hand cellar door gives visitors a look into the accomplished winemaking process, complete with tutored tastings of wines that aren’t available anywhere else, including late releases and carefully cellared museum selections.
Settle in as one of the experts guide you through an intimate tasting of premium wines – at your own pace. Afterwards, wander through the original barrel hall, relax in the courtyard overlooking the vines and enjoy an ever-changing range of cheeses and antipasti.
The Bird in Hand Winery Summer Concert Series returns this December headlined by British music icon, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. Settle in for the summer at Bird in Hand.
150 Pfeiffer Road, Woodside, SA
Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm, Weekends & Public Holidays: 11am to 5pm
Blue Pyrenees Estate, Pyrenees
One of Western Victoria’s iconic wineries, Blue Pyrenees Estate offers an excellent mix of wine and food amongst natural surrounds. Wine lovers can take a short stroll uphill from the winery to find the cellar door which provides a superb vantage point from which to taste the wines, learn about the winemaking process, and enjoy a glass or two matched with fresh local produce.
Dine alfresco or catch up with family in the extensive picnic and BBQ areas or over a game of pétanque on the lawn. Blue Pyrenees Estate also hosts a series of live music events throughout the summer, making the prospect of return visits more and more appealing.
656 Vinoca Rd, Avoca, VIC
Open daily 11am to 5pm
Crittenden Estate, Mornington Peninsula
Crittenden Estate is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s original wineries. Family owned and operated since 1982, the winemakers are renowned for their excellent cool-climate wines.
Discover the award-winning range within the custom-built Crittenden Wine Centre designed for visitors to appreciate the high calibre wines in comfort and style. Crittenden Estate has also been named as the overall “platinum” winner of the 2020 BRIT/FIVS International Sustainable Winegrowing Competition, chosen in first place amongst a high calibre field of sustainability-minded wine producers from around the world.
25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana, VIC
Open daily 10:30am to 4:30pm
Sandalford Wines, Swan Valley
When exploring WA, be sure to stop by Sandalford. The wine production is complemented by Western Australia’s largest cellar door, and it’s all located a 25-minute drive from Perth’s CBD. The unique location rests along the river, so you can elevate the experience by arriving on a boat or ferry.
There are five stunning ranges of wine to sample at the cellar door, with winery tours operating daily. A casual restaurant takes care of lunch, and curious wine aficionados can take a 3-hour winemaking apprenticeship and be mentored across the ins and outs of winemaking. Class is in session!
3210 W Swan Rd, Caversham, WA
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Shaw + Smith, Adelaide Hills
Ideally located among the rolling Adelaide Hills, Shaw + Smith is all about cooler climate varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. The winemakers own two vineyards, with the Balhannah site being home to the Tasting Room. Sampling wine by the glass is an option, but a wine flight is the way to go. Pair a flight with a plate of South Australian produce or book a Friday Table for a tasting, a hosted tour and a long lunch.
136 Jones Rd, Balhannah, SA
Open daily 11am to 5pm
Best’s Wines, Grampians
Take a leisurely 2 ½ hour drive north-west from Melbourne, and you will arrive in the Grampians wine region which is home to the historic Best’s Wines. Deep-dive into a wealth of wines housed within the rustic tasting room inside the original stables building erected in 1866. Also on display are Best family artefacts including winery founder Henry Best’s diary from the mid-to-late 1800s.
Following a taste test, visitors are encouraged to venture underground through the hand-dug tunnels into the original cellars to uncover ‘Best’s kept secrets.’ Then, grab a cheese plate, a glass of wine and unwind.
111 Bests Rd, Great Western, VIC
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Tahbilk Winery, Nagambie Lakes
Tahbilk is home to five generations of the Purbrick family, making it the oldest family-owned winery and vineyard in Victoria.
Walking through the picturesque yard to the cellar door of Tahbilk winery is like stepping back in time. Many of the original 1860 features remain and are still in use today such as the impressive and historic underground cellars which are open daily to the public.
Tastings take place in the original winery with guests welcome to sample a selection of wines. Tahbilk is known for its northern Rhône varietals such as Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier in the whites, and medium weight fruit-driven reds such as a blend of Shiraz Grenache Mourvédre. Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling are also very popular in the region. Tahbilk is home to some of the oldest Shiraz plantings in the world, and although the wine produced isn’t available for tasting, you can visit the gnarly vines which were planted in1860.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the Tahbilk Wetlands comprised of 8km of backwaters that meander along the vines. An electric powered Eco-Cruise boat is available for guided tours where visitors can truly immerse themselves in natural beauty and wildlife.
The Tahbilk Café deck has a fantastic view over the wetlands, a relaxing spot for lunch and a great meeting place for friends and family. The café serves fresh, simple and locally sourced food that pairs superbly with matched wines.
The Tahbilk Estate is also home to the monthly Nagambie Farmers Market. 2020 markets start in February continuing on the 4th Sunday of each month where artisans and farmers showcase their produce.
Make sure you allow a full day to experience this marvel of Nagambie Lakes, and be sure to reserve a spot in the fun and educational hands-on ‘wine blending’ workshop, where you can blend your very own wine.
254 O’Neils Rd, Tahbilk, VIC
Open daily Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat to Sun 10am to 5pm (Closed Christmas Day)
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