Australia is blessed with some of the best wine-growing conditions of any country and winemaking takes place in every state and territory. As a result, Australia has some wonderful wineries and vineyards many of which are open to the public. If you want to sip wine amongst the vines here are the 25 Best Wineries in Australia.
The 25 Best Wineries in Australia
1. Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA
Family-run Leeuwin Estate is a wonderful winery with plenty of things to do. The winery is known for making delicious chardonnays and cabernet sauvignon and for its association with the arts. There’s even an art gallery on-site that you can visit. Throughout the year, the estate hosts concerts and cookery classes and various other events. You really can make a whole day of it at Leeuwin Estate especially when you add in a wine tasting and meal in the fabulous restaurant. We highly recommend the Leeuwin Immersion Experience. This includes a gallery tour and food tasting flight.
2. Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide Hills, SA
Penfolds is the closest winery to Adelaide city and as a result, makes a great day trip. You can even take the bus so that you can indulge in a glass or two. No designated driver needed. Penfolds is one of Australia’s best-known wine brands and at the winery, you can enjoy the wonderful wine range in the estate’s restaurant and head to the cellar door for a tasting. Make sure you try the Reserve Bin A Chardonnay.
3. Grant Burge Wines, Barossa Valley, SA
Located in the heart of South Australia’s celebrated Barossa Valley, Grant Burge Wines is known for its big and bold reds. However, the winery crafts a wide range of beautiful wines, including sparkling and rosé wines, classic shiraz, grenache and fortified wines. You can enjoy the impressive wines and impressive views across the Barossa Valley at a tasting at the Krondorf Cellar Door.
4. Mason Wines, Tamborine Mountain, QLD
Just a one-hour drive from Brisbane is Mason Winery in the scenic Granite Belt. On a visit to this winery, you can enjoy perfectly paired wines with creative cuisine served in the on-site restaurant. To make the most of the fresh air, take to the grass with a glass of vino and cheese platter and soak up the stunning surroundings. You can try some great wines in the cellar door and whilst you taste, you’ll also learn about the history of the winery. Mason Wines makes a wide range of wines, including sauvignon blanc, shiraz, Petit Verdot and viognier.
5. Yalumba, Barossa Valley, SA
Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family winery and one of just a handful of wineries in the world to have its own barrel-making cooperage. Just over an hour’s drive away from Adelaide, this beautiful Barossa Valley winery serves up serene views alongside terrific wines. On a visit, you can take a tour, enjoy a tasting and take part in wine masterclasses. It is a fun day out.
6. Mandoon Estate, Caversham, WA
Swan Valley is the oldest wine region in Western Australia. It is located just outside Perth. One of the most exciting wineries in the region is Mandoon Estate. Not only is it a go-to place for tasty wines, but its food offerings also make it very popular. The scenery around the Mandoon Estate is serene, colourful and seemingly ever-changing. Soak up these views as you dine in the restaurant, where experts are on hand to help you pair wines with your food. For a more in-depth tasting, head to the cellar door where the friendly and knowledgeable staff will explain the winemaking techniques while you sample a range of varietals.
7. Merricks Creek, Merrick, VIC
Merricks Creek Wines in Mornington Peninsula is a simply stunning winery and well worth a visit. The winemakers craft delicious chardonnay and pinot noir and using a growing technique unique within the Peninsula the estate produces a pinot that has a more concentrated fruit flavour. You can enjoy an exquisite vertical tasting experience of several vintages of pinot noir during your visit. There is a lovely large patio where you can sit and sip and drink in the magnificent views overlooking the vines.
8. Holm Oak Vineyards, TAS
Holm Oak is famed for its cool-climate Tasmanian pinot noir. This family-owned winery also produces pinot noir, pinot gris, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, riesling and small amounts of merlot, Arneis, shiraz and cabernet franc. On a visit to this winery, you can enjoy a tasting in the cellar door and create your own picnic from the lovely local cheeses, terrines and salmon products for sale. You can then skip off and find a secluded spot to eat, drink and be merry whilst admiring the beautiful vineyards.
9. Morris Wines, Rutherglen, VIC
Rutherglen is blessed with cool nights, warm days and gloriously long, dry autumns. These climatic conditions give the wines a unique regional character. Morris Wines is one winery where you can taste the region in the wines produced. This iconic Australian winery comes with over 150 years of history. In the cellar door, you can taste the full range of Morris wines, for instance, its wonderful sparkling shiraz and many fortified wines.
10. Juniper Estate, Margaret River, WA
Juniper Estate is located in Margaret River. The region’s distinctive soil and strong maritime influences produce highly regarded wines that give a taste of the place. Juniper Estate is known for producing red wines that are true to the style of the region, with minimal influence from the winery. The estate is in a picturesque location with rolling hills and vineyards all around. On a visit to the cellar door, knowledgeable and friendly wine lovers are on hand to guide you through tastings and you can sit outside the cellar door on the grassed areas beside the Wilyabrup Creek and drink your wine and soak up the views.
11. Jacobs Creek, Barossa Valley, SA
South Australia is indisputably Australia’s wine state and one of its most famous wine regions is the Barossa Valley. In this region, you’ll find Jacob’s Creek one of the world’s most famous wine brands. At the Jacobs Creek winery, you can dine in the restaurant where experts will help you pair wine with your food or you can take a tasting lesson in the cellar door. For a more hands-on day out, sign up for the cookery class where you pick produce from the garden, cook it and then tuck in whilst sipping on some fabulous wines.
12. Audrey Wilkinson, Hunter Valley, NSW
This family-run estate in the foothills of the Brokenback Range in the scenic Hunter Valley creates award-winning Semillon. If you want to make a night of it, you can stay in the cottages and wake up to beautiful surroundings. Learn more about the winemaking process in the on-site museum and then take to the grass for a gourmet picnic or head to the cellar door for an informative wine tasting session.
13. Sirromet, Granite Belt, QLD
The Granite Belt is Australia’s highest wine region. This altitude, combined with the cool climate and granitic terroir produces some of the country’s most interesting wines. Founded in 2000, Sirromet winery makes wonderful chardonnay and viogniers as well as some very taste sparkling reds. Sirromet has a very scenic setting and a restaurant with a great reputation. There is also glamping accommodation so you can sip all the wine you want and wake up amongst the vines.
14. Tahbilk Winery, VIC
Located some 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Tahbilk Winery is a wonderful retreat from the city. The scenic surroundings are incredibly peaceful and picturesque and you can soak them all up whilst sipping wine amongst the old, gnarled vines. One of the best things about this winery is that you can blend your own wine. Guided by a Wine Ambassador you’ll be shown how to create a wine that is truly yours. You’ll also get to take home a 750ml bottle of your blend. Let’s raise a glass to that!
15. St Hugo, Barossa Valley, SA
St Hugo is located at Rowland Flat in the Barossa Valley, just an hour’s drive from Adelaide. On-site, there is a restaurant, lounge and cellar door where you can try some of the elegant and versatile wines produced at the winery. In the St Hugo restaurant, wines are expertly paired with a seasonal tasting menu made from the kitchen garden produce. The light-filled dining room has sweeping vineyard views or you can take a seat and bask in the sunshine of the Courtyard.
16. Boydell’s, NSW
Boydell’s is a family-run winery that’s also home to some incredibly cool eco glamping African safari tents. Located in the Hunter Valley NSW, Charles Boydell was one of the first to plant vines in this area when he settled here in 1826. Boydell’s is known for its small-batch boutique wines produced from grapes grown on-site. In the cellar door, you can get to know more about the winemakers and the winemaking process as you sip the wonderful wines. You can follow this up with more wines over a delicious meal in the restaurant.
17. Vasse Felix, Margaret River, WA
Fancy combining an art exhibition with a wine tasting? Well, that’s exactly what you can do at Vasse Felix in the beautiful Margaret River region of Western Australia. Established in 1967, Vasse Felix is Margaret River’s founding wine estate and is known for its premium cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay as well as its shiraz and Semillon sauvignon blanc blends. When you visit you can enjoy tastings of these fab wines in the cellar door, pair them with fine food in the restaurant and admire the art in the on-site gallery. Its culture and viticulture all at once.
18. Bay of Fires, TAS
Crafting premium wines in Tasmania, Bay of Fires brings out the very best features of the distinctive Tasmanian terroir in its pinot noir, pinot gris, riesling and splendid sparkling wines made with chardonnay and pinot noir. Tastings in the cellar door as super fun and informative and include vertical pinot noir tastings, Arras Sparkling Wine masterclasses and there’s even a course for riesling lovers. Sign us up!
19. Hahndorf Hill, SA
At the Hahndorf Hill winery, you’ll find grüner veltliner and bläufrankisch, which are grapes most commonly associated with Austrian winemaking. However, the winery is also known for its pinot grigio, shiraz and dry rosé. The winemakers here practice environmentally sustainable methods to protect the heritage of the hills. On a tour, you can learn all about the region’s unique terroir through a chocolate and wine matching workshop or a wine and ice-cream matching class. How scrumptious!
20. De Bortoli, Yarra Valley, VIC
The Yarra Valley is known for its pinot noir and chardonnay. It is here, at Dixons Creek, that the De Bortoli set up their winery and northern Italian-inspired trattoria, a nod to their family’s heritage. Visitors to De Bortoli can try many of the Estate and Single Vineyard wines at the Cellar Door and Locale restaurant.
21. Helm Wines, Canberra District, NSW
Let’s raise a glass to one of the most lovely wineries and tasting rooms. The Helm Wines tasting room is housed in an 1888 Toual Public School House, which is listed by the National Trust. In a nod to this, you’ll find a school bell featured on the label on bottles of Helm Wines. Ironically, the Temperance League used to hold meetings here where locals signed the pledge against alcohol. The wines produced here are elegant and subtle and you can really taste the region in each drop. Be sure to taste the outstanding Helm WInes Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.
22. d’Arenberg Winery, McLaren Vale, SA
In the Rubik’s cube-inspired tasting room you can swirl, sniff and sip your way through the wonderful d’Arenberg wines. Its reds are particularly good and match perfectly with the splendid views across the McLaren Vale. In this marvellous building, you’ll also find a restaurant filled with quirky art, serving up creative food with a local twist.
23. Josef Chromy Wines, TAS
The Josef Chromy Winery is located in Tasmania. The vineyard produces several varieties of grapes, which are carefully crafted in the on-site winery. Josef Chromy Wines produces sparkling wines, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling and pinot gris. You can sample these delicious wines in the cellar door or head to the restaurant to pair the wines with some very creative dishes. For those looking to learn more, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine is produced.
24. Tyrell’s, Hunter Valley, NSW
Edward Tyrrell established Tyrell’s winery in 1858 and it is now one of Australia’s oldest family-owned wineries. The winery is famous for its Vat 1 Semillon but it also produces great shiraz and chardonnay, as well as fortified and sparkling wines. During a visit, you can enjoy a winery tour and see the ironbark hut that was the original home of Edward Tyrrell. You can also experience the historic red cellar and learn how the wines are made. After the tour, comes the best bit, a wine tasting showcasing the best wines.
25. Wirra Wirra Vineyards, McLaren Vale, SA
Wirra Wirra Vineyards is famed for producing intense McLaren Vale red wines and elegant Adelaide Hills white wines. The Wirra Wirra philosophy of letting the ‘fruit shine’ is evident in every bottle. The cellar door is the best place to sample these expressive wines. The wines also pair perfectly with the regional food platter from the on-site deli. As you soak up with wine, you can soak up the views of the gardens and biodynamically farmed vineyards. Wirra Wirra feels a world away from the nearby city of Adelaide.