The Best Australian Wine Tours

When you think of wine, Australia is up there with France and the United States in the first countries that come to mind. Unlike the other two nations, which grow grapes in famed but small, specific regions, Australia offers some fantastic wine tours and boasts wineries the width of our brown land. The French leave the rest of the world far behind in terms of consumption, but Australia takes silver when it comes to our thirst for all things red, white and rosé. Wine appreciation is not just for the upper classes either; after all, who do you think invented the wine cask and screw-cap top? In Australia wine is accessible to everyone, and a day of visiting wineries to do a wine tour is a quintessential Aussie experience.

From the Hunter Valley in New South Wales to the Barossa and Clare Valleys in South Australia, the Margaret River region in Western Australia to the Yarra Valley in Victoria and even the Tamar Valley in Tasmania, if you're chasing anything from a fruity Chardonnay to a full bodied Shiraz, you'll find it Down Under.

Wineries in Australia boast more than just the best reds and whites money can buy at the cellar door; they are social hubs, restaurants, concert and wedding venues without compare. Keen to learn how wine is made, or bottled, or want to pick grapes during vintage?

You can! Many wine tour companies also run cooking classes, cheese and olive tastings, and have accommodation that allows for a thorough examination of all that the surrounding region has to offer.

In South Australia you might choose to explore the Barossa Valley by bicycle, or go bush walking in between wine tastings. In Western Australia a trip up the river from Perth will bring you to the Swan Valley, and if you sample a little too much there are far worse ways to get home than on a boat. A few hours south, the Margaret River region is as famous for its surfing and spectacular beaches as it is for its incredible wines. There is no shortage of luxurious spa resorts either, in case you need a well-earned rest after all of your hard work.

Keen to get tasting but don't want to drive? There are plenty of guided Australian wine tours in each region that cater to every whim, with knowledgeable drivers who'll answer your every question along the way, and see you safely home, guilt free and smiling at day's end. So what are you waiting for? Start planning and get your nose into some glasses now!

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