Your Guide to Australia’s Best Wineries and Cellar Doors
Planning your next wine adventure? Start here with our comprehensive guide to some of Australia’s best wineries and cellars.
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Australia is one of the great wine nations of the world, and as such our celebrated regions are absolutely studded with first-class wineries and cellar doors just waiting for you to drop in and experience their hospitality.
These regional destinations are the lifeblood of the Australian wine industry, and the hard-working people there are among the friendliest, most welcoming people you can ever expect to meet. We’re proud to call many of them our friends and colleagues.
Not only that, but they’re located in some of the most scenic parts of the country, offering a stunning diversity of warm and cool climate holiday spots, from stunning coastline locales to green, verdant valleys and rugged Alpine climes.
After the challenges of 2020, there’s never been a better time to plan a regional getaway and experience the magnificence of our regions for yourself. With that in mind, we present to you this comprehensive guide to some of Australia’s best wineries and cellar doors.
Remember to check in advance for opening hours and whether any COVID restrictions apply to avoid disappointment – and enjoy your journeys!
Best Australian Wineries State By State
Guide To New South Wales Wineries And Cellar Doors
It’s not just the Hunter Valley that makes NSW a wine powerhouse. From the Riverina to Orange and the Southern Highlands, the state is proudly home to some of the most successful and innovative wine regions in Australia – all yours to explore with the following guides.
Best Hunter Valley Wineries And Cellar Doors
The Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wine, and home to some of the most distinguished names in the industry within a two-hour drive from Sydney or a 40-minute trip from Newcastle.
Explore its many wineries across its major sub-regions of Pokolbin, Mount View, Broke and Lovedale in this at-a-glance guide to some of its best winery and cellar door experiences, from the modern, architect-designed sophistication of De Iuliis and Hungerford Hill to the down-home charms of Tyrrell’s and the old-world romance of Keith Tulloch and Audrey Wilkinson.
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Best Canberra District Wineries And Cellar Doors
In less than 50 years, the Canberra District has established itself as a region to be reckoned with. While named for the Australian Capital Territory and the Australia’s capital city, much of this district lies across the border in NSW.
Three hours’ southwest of Sydney by car, with many wineries less than an hour from Canberra, distinguished names such as Clonakilla, Helm Wines, Long Rail Gully wines and more continue to turn out some of the country’s most celebrated wines.
Make the most of your Canberra District wine tour with our guide to its best wineries and cellar doors.
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Best Mudgee Wineries And Cellar Doors
Mudgee is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, and the birthplace of Australian Chardonnay. Located about 3.5 hours northwest of Sydney through the iconic Blue Mountains, it’s a true countryside gem.
Tucked away to the west of the Great Dividing Range, its name is derived from Moothi – a Wiradjuri term meaning ‘Nest in the Hills’ – and its main town is just brimming with colonial charm. Here you’ll find great names like Robert Stein, Robert Oatley’s Craigmoor Estate and more in this guide to Mudgee’s best wine destinations.
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Best Orange Wineries And Cellar Doors
It may seem like a recent success story, but Orange’s grapevine roots extend as far back as the 19th century.
Take a tour of this highland, cool climate hotspot’s top-flight wineries and cellar doors, to discover why Orange is the new black in the world of wine, home to names like Printhie, Nashdale Lane and Cumulus Wines.
From its embrace of biodynamics to its rich basalt soils - a legacy of the long-extinct Mount Canobolas – Orange’s elevation, geology and culture mark it out as somewhere quite special for critics and wine-lovers alike, as you’ll discover in our guide to some of its best wineries and cellar doors.
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Best Southern Highlands Wineries And Cellar Doors
Just 90 minutes from Sydney and two hours from Canberra, the Southern Highlands of NSW is defined by rolling hills, award-winning wine and gourmet food.
This region has always been a popular getaway for city dwellers, and in recent decades, an influx of winemakers has made a trip to this rural, unspoilt landscape more appealing than ever.
Whether taking a day trip from the city or planning an extended stay, our curated guide to the best wineries and cellar doors in the Southern Highlands – including names like Cherry Tree Hill, Bendooley Estate and more – guarantees your visit will be one for the ages.
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Best Riverina Wineries And Cellar Doors
The Riverina wine region is located on the south-west plains of New South Wales with Griffith as its major regional city. It also takes in the surrounding villages of Yenda, Hanwood, Bilbul and Tharbogang as well as Leeton.
The largest wine producing region in the state, it grows 15% of Australia’s total grape production. Its flat plains, bordered by the Cocoparra ranges, rich soil, irrigation scheme and a Mediterranean climate, were the key factors in developing the wine region back in 1913.
Over a hundred years later, many of Australia's well-known families still have their headquarters in the Riverina, including De Bortoli. Discover the best of the Riverina’s wineries and cellar doors, and taste and experience the region’s delights with our guide and interactive map.
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Guide To South Australia’s Wineries And Cellar Doors
Adelaide Hills. The Barossa. Coonawarra. McLaren Vale… South Australia’s status as the Wine State is well-earned indeed with such iconic regions within its borders.
Besides these household names however are a number of other extraordinary regions turning out some of the country’s best wines, from Langhorne Creek to Wrattonbully and Kangaroo Island, making South Australia a genuine wine lover’s paradise – as you’ll discover with these guides to some of the state’s best wineries and cellar doors.
Best Adelaide Hills Wineries And Cellar Doors
The stunning Adelaide Hills region sits in the centre of South Australia’s famous wine growing regions, located only a short drive from the city of Adelaide.
Famed for its premium cool climate wines, especially its distinct take on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, the Adelaide Hills region is winning awards at a record rate. One of the largest geographic wine growing regions in Australia, there are over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors to choose from.
Go for lunch or stay for the whole weekend, our cellar door guide will help you to get the most of your next visit to this spectacular wine lovers and foodie haven.
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Best Barossa Valley Wineries And Cellar Doors
Only a short drive from Adelaide will get you to one of Australia’s most historic wine regions, the Barossa Valley.
Today, there are so many internationally renowned wineries in the Barossa with equally acclaimed cellar doors and restaurants – including, among others, Château Tanunda, Henschke, Z Wines and more – that a visit to the area will definitely reward any person with a love of regional wines, produce, and beauty.
Jump in the car and take them all in with our guide to the best of the Barossa!
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Best Coonawarra Wineries And Cellar Doors
Australia’s ‘other red centre’, Coonawarra is the origin of many of Australia’s most celebrated Cabernet Sauvignons. Located 450kms from Melbourne and 370kms from Adelaide, it’s located in the heart of South Australia’s Limestone Coast.
The region is home to a mix of old winemaking families and fresh new talent, and has many cellar doors to visit which all offer wonderfully friendly and delicious experiences, including some of the biggest names in Australian wine including Leconfield, Rymill, Wynns and more.
Discover the best of Coonawarra’s wineries and cellar doors to taste and experience the region’s delights with our extensive guide.
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Best Mclaren Vale Wineries And Cellar Doors
Home to some of the world’s oldest grapevines and with over 80 cellar doors and vineyards accessible just 45 minutes from Adelaide, McLaren Vale is a slice of heaven for wine lovers.
Nestled between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the beaches of Gulf St Vincent, this region is the gateway to the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula, evocative of the stunning coastline around Lisbon, Portugal.
From Coriole and Shottesbrooke to d’Arenberg and Serafino, there’s a wealth of wineries to explore here – plan your journey with our guide to some of the best the Vale has to offer.
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Best Clare Valley Wineries And Cellar Doors
Less than a two-hour drive from Adelaide, cool climate Clare Valley is home to some of the world’s best Riesling and offers fantastic food and wine experiences that are just waiting to be enjoyed.
With more than 30 cellar doors to choose from, visitors to the Clare Valley are spoilt for choice, and with many of the wineries family owned-and-operated, you’re bound to meet the people whose wines you’re tasting.
Discover the best Clare Valley wineries and cellar doors, and taste and experience the region’s delights with Wine Selectors.
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Guide To Victoria’s Wineries And Cellar Doors
Victoria can confidently lay claim to some of the most prestigious wine-producing regions in the country, with the Yarra Valley in particular deservedly celebrated for its cool climate wines. Experience for yourself all it has to offer the discerning wine lover with these guides to some of its regions’ best wineries and cellar doors.
Best Mornington Peninsula Wineries And Cellar Doors
Only an hour from the centre of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s most popular wine destinations. With its outstanding cool climate vineyards, gorgeous beaches, fantastic restaurants and beautiful holiday houses, it’s easy to see why.
Surrounded by sea on three sides, the Mornington Peninsula is a true maritime climate with the small differences in aspect, elevation, soils and microclimates each contributing to the varied and fascinating character of the wines. It’s these attributes that has seen the region really take off in winemaking terms, and it now includes more than 200 vineyards with well established brands like Crittenden and many family-owned and operated boutique wineries.
Start planning your next trip to the Mornington Peninsula with our latest cellar door guide to this premier wine region.
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Best Rutherglen Wineries And Cellar Doors
Forged out of the fortunes of the gold rush era and once primarily known as the home of Aussie Fortified wines, Rutherglen is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia… and that history is on display everywhere.
From the historic corrugated iron sheds housing dusty barrels of world-class fortified wines, to the old hand-tended vines that have lived through world wars, drought and pests, the whole region embodies the quintessential pioneering Australian spirit.
To help plan your trip, we've selected a collection of Rutherglen wineries we feel provide the best cellar door experiences – learn more in the following guide.
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Best Macedon Ranges Wineries And Cellar Doors
Less than an hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD and 40 minutes from Melbourne Airport, Macedon Ranges is best known for its expansive native forests, the iconic geographical attraction of Hanging Rock, artisan foods, and of course its numerous small vineyards producing premium wines.
Here you’ll find such names as Cloud 9 and Granite Hills, along with other family-owned wineries carving out a unique place for themselves in the halls of Australian wine fame.
Make the most of your next visit to the Macedon Ranges with our cellar door guide to this wonderful cool climate region.
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Best King Valley Wineries And Cellar Doors
One of Victoria’s loveliest wine regions, King Valley lies roughly three hours’ drive northeast from Melbourne between Wangaratta and Victoria’s Alpine National Park.
Italian migrants settled here after the completion of the Snowy Hydro Scheme, planting vines to help them feel more at home, and as a result they and their children went on to pioneer Australian Prosecco as well as many other Italian varieties for the local market.
Brown Brothers, Sam Miranda Wines and other influential names can be found in King Valley, and travellers can experience the region’s best along the Prosecco Road.
Discover the best King Valley wineries and cellar doors with our guide and interactive map, and plan your wine region getaway with Wine Selectors.
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Best Yarra Valley Wineries And Cellar Doors
An easy one-hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD, the Yarra Valley is one of the most picturesque and inviting of Australia’s premium wine regions, with an almost endless choice of premium wineries, cellar doors, restaurants and experiences.
Distinguished names like Soumah, De Bortoli, Domaine Chandon, Giant Steps and more call it home, and the region makes for the perfect weekend getaway for food and wine lovers.
Start planning your next trip to the Yarra Valley with this guide to the many of the best wineries and cellar doors this premier cool climate wine region has to offer.
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Best Tasmanian Wineries And Cellar Doors
The Apple Isle has quickly become one of Australia’s most widely acclaimed wine regions thanks to its pristine soils, water and cool climate.
While there are a number of Tasmanian sub-regions that are gaining attention, it is the Tamar Valley that is the cradle of the state’s wine industry and helped shape perceptions of Tasmania’s potential, with world-beating Sparkling wine and Pinot Noir drawing the praises of wine show judges here and overseas.
If you’re planning a trip to experience the special charms of Tasmania, make sure to check out our guide to the fantastic wine country that awaits you in the Tamar Valley.
Best Tamar Valley Wineries And Cellar Doors
Located in the area just to the south of Tasmania’s second-largest city, Launceston, and with a climate similar to Côte d’Or in Burgundy, the Tamar Valley is an attractive region of rolling hills that run along the river from which it takes its name.
Studded with boutique wineries and nearby attractions like Platypus World, the Tamar Valley will reward the curiosity of any wine lover – plan your journey there today with our guide to some of its best wineries and cellar doors!
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Best West Australian Wineries And Cellar Doors
Still a relative newcomer to the Australian wine industry, Western Australia has nonetheless established itself as one of our powerhouse wine states. Besides the iconic Margaret River region, which produces some of the country’s most revered Cabernet, Chardonnay and dry white blends, the vast reaches of Great Southern and its five sub-regions have also come into their own as forces to be reckoned with. Go west with our guides to West Australia’s must-visit wineries and cellar doors.
Best Margaret River Wineries And Cellar Doors
Located around three hours' drive south of Perth, Margaret River is not the easiest Australian wine region to access, although it's absolutely worth the journey.
Combining two of our favourite pastimes – wine tasting and surf - Margaret River offers over 200 world-class wineries and hundreds of kilometres of explorable pristine coast. It's the type of place that warrants repeat visits, especially with names like Howard Park, Credaro, and Vasse Felix on the list of top spots.
Plan your trip to the internationally-renowned Margaret River with this curated selection of some of the region’s best cellar door experiences!
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Best Denmark Great Southern Wineries And Cellar Doors
Surrounded by ancient forests and pristine stretches of coastline, Denmark has been successfully growing cool climate wine varieties since 1965.
Part of the expansive Great Southern Region of Western Australia, Denmark has become a popular destination in its own right. Known for its laid-back lifestyle, spectacular scenery and vibrant cultural scene, Denmark is also home to 25 award-winning wineries like the charming Castelli Estate and the popular Rockcliffe winery to explore and enjoy.
Start planning your trip to Denmark with our cellar door guide to this wonderfully diverse and naturally beautiful region.
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