Australia Wine Tour Travel Guide
On the smallest of the world’s continents, the island nation of Australia is home to roughly 22-million very lucky citizens when it comes to enjoying fine wine. The unique geography and climate allow for cultivation of both warmer and cooler climate varietals. From delicate whites to brawny reds and everything in between, Australia’s got it all. Throw in delightful weather, friendly inhabitants, jaw-dropping natural beauty and an amazing diversity of wildlife and you’ve got the makings of a vacation that will reward all of the senses.
There’s so much to see and experience in the Land Down Under, your hardest task may well be narrowing down where to visit. Most of the country’s population centers are located along the coastal fringes with the sparsely populated semi-desert known as the Outback located in the center. Distances are vast and best covered by air travel. From the tropical climate in the north to the temperate climate in the south, Australia is all about diversity.
Wine is made in a multitude of regions throughout the country with the greatest concentration in South Australia, near the city of Adelaide. Your Aussie wine adventure is likely to begin in one of the major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. Rest assured there are superb wine country experiences to be had nearby, no matter where you start.
Leaving the cities behind, wine adventurers might want to venture to the island of Tasmania to experience wonderful cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. Between Melbourne and Adelaide, those in search of great Cabernet Sauvignon may enjoy sampling the treasures of Coonawarra and its famous Terra Rossa soil. And of course, tasting Shiraz in nearly every wine region is simply a must. Shiraz is Australia’s signature red wine version of the French grape, Syrah. It is made in a variety of styles, including as sparkling wine. Dessert wines, also known as “stickies” abound in every region as well.
Along with great wine, Australia has an eclectic cuisine blended from European and Asian influences. Wherever you go there is always a delectable mix of the familiar and the exotic. Traveling in Australia is easy, relaxing and fun. From the pristine beaches and Great Barrier Reef to the magnificent dry red center to the cultural wonders of the Sydney Opera House, you will never be far from great wines and great adventure in Australia.