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Winter Meets Wine: The Best Cellar Doors To Visit In Australia This Season

August 14, 2017 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Nothing warms the soul like a glass of wine and there’s no time like the present to hit cellar doors and sip the good stuff.Winter is a time to rug up, eat, drink and be merry. Many wine regions host special festivals, lunches, dinners and events to entice people to visit. It all makes for unique and memorable winery experiences and Discovery Parks have scoured the nation for the best wine destinations of each state to spend your weekends this winter.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WA highlight Swan Valley, is only a short 30- minute drive from Perth and an absolute must-see in Winter.
Historic winery Houghton is a worth a trip when visiting Swan Valley. Houghton cellar door is a cosy winter escape with handcrafted
chairs made from wine barrels to relax in and soak up the winter sun. There’s an art gallery and museum, too.
Pinelli Wines is another cellar door worth visiting. It won Best Cellar Door With Food – Swan Valley in the 2016 Gourmet Traveller Wine Cellar Door Awards. It is located within walking distance of Discovery Parks – Perth Vineyards. The adjacent restaurant Fillaudeau’s is a great place to hide from the cold.

IN A NUTSHELL:
Climate: Mediterranean (warm summers, cool winters) Varieties: Verdelho, chenin blanc, chardonnay, shiraz, rosé, cabernet sauvignon, fortifieds Sip at: Houghton, Vino Italia, Sittella Winery, Olive Farm Wines, John Kosovich, Mandoon Estate,
Pinelli Wines Closest Discovery Holiday Park: Discovery Parks – Perth Vineyards

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Clare Valley wine region is one of Australia’s oldest and is best known for Riesling.
During Winter, the region is particularly beautiful with pure air, lush green pastures and bare vines ready for a new season. All to be enjoyed next to open fires with a glass of red wine.

Sevenhill Winery is worth a winter visit. It was the first winery established in the region and the cellar door is packed with history that you can check out in the underground tunnels and museum.

IN A NUTSHELL:
Climate: Continental, warm days, cool nights Varieties: Riesling, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot Sip at: Wines By KT, Claymore Wines, Sevenhill, Kilikanoon Winery, Shut The Gate Wines, Mad Bastard Closest Discovery Holiday Park: Discovery Parks – Clare

VICTORIA
Head for Ned Kelly country for an off-the-beaten-track wine tasting experience in the high country of Strathbogie Ranges. The team at Fowles Wine recently renovated their cellar door near the Hume Highway in Avenal, north-east Victoria. All of the vineyards and winery sit high above sea level with clouds settling in the valleys below adding to the beautiful wintery feel of the region.
The cellar door has a natural playground, a picnic area, animals for the kids, open fires and great wines. Live theatre events are also
part of the cellar door experience. While you’re in the area, check out Sedona Estate.
The hillside cellar door has wonderful views of a secluded valley, best observed next to the roaring log fire with a glass of shiraz and a
tasting platter made using local produce.

IN A NUTSHELL:
Climate: Cool
Varieties: Sparkling wine, riesling, shiraz, cabernet Sip at: Fowles Wine, Sedona Estate
Closest Discovery Holiday Park: Discovery Parks – Melbourne

TASMANIA
Winter is a reason for celebration in Tasmania. It’s when the annual winter festival Dark Mofo is
presented by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the home of Tasmania’s oldest winery.
There’s the Tamar Valley Wine Route in the north (visit Launceston and Cataract Gorge while you’re there). Launceston is
the gateway to the Tamar Valley, Tasmania’s oldest wine-growing area and a hot spot for cellar doors, markets and
restaurants. There are more than 32 vineyards within driving distance across the Tamar Valley, Pipers River,
Launceston and Relbia.
The East Coast Wine Trail includes one of Australia’s best road trips: The Great Eastern Drive. The mild climate means there’s plenty of sweet berries, nuts and cool-climate wines to try. Finally, the North Coast Wine Trail is packed with spectacular coastal views and cellar doors at Barringwood, Emilia Wines, Ghost Rock Vineyard, Leven Valley Vineyard, and Prickly Mo Wines.

IN A NUTSHELL:
Climate: Cool
Varieties: Pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, pinot gris, gewurztraminer and sparkling wines
Visit: Stoney Rise
Closest Discovery Holiday Parks: Discovery Parks – Hadspen, Cradle Mountain, Devonport, Mornington, and Hobart

QUEENSLAND
It’s not uncommon for wineries along Queensland’s Granite Belt to experience snow. The state’s best known wine region has altitudes of 700 to 1250 metres above sea level and a similar temperature range to central Victoria (that’s chilly). Crossed by the New England Highway, which runs from Dalveen to Stanthorpe, Ballandean and further south, meets the border with New South Wales at the historic town of Wallangarra. Other wine regions across Queensland include Brisbane and Scenic Rim, Darling Downs, the Gold Coast
Hinterland, Granite Belt, North Burnett, Somerset Valley, South Burnett, Sunshine Coast, and Western Downs.

IN A NUTSHELL:
Climate: Cool
Varieties: Shiraz, merlot, cabernet, chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, sparkling wines
Sip at: Ballandean Estate
Closest Discovery Holiday Parks: Discovery Parks – Hervey Bay

NEW SOUTH WALES
There are 14 regions to explore in New South Wales: Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Hunter Valley, Mudgee, New England, Orange, Perricoota, Riverina, Shoalhaven Coast, Southern Highlands and Tumbarumba. The oldest is the Hunter Valley located north of Sydney.

The Upper Hunter Valley is an absolutely beautiful place during winter. Frosty mornings with amazing sunrises lighting up the sandstone escarpments.

There are also many local fairs and markets with plenty of fresh produce and of course, great wine.

IN A NUTSHELL:
Climate: Warm to hot
Varieties: Shiraz, chardonnay, semillon and verdelho
Sip at: Mount Pleasant, Usher Tinkler Wines, Tyrell’s, Tulloch, McWilliam’s, Casella, Calabria
Closest Discovery Holiday Park: Central Coast Holiday Park – Budgewoi, Central Coast Holiday Park –Canton Beach

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