On a continent where roughly 35% is considered desert (because of the lack of rain), you’d expect that it would limit the Australia Wine Regions. But you’d be wrong. This vast country has over 60 wine regions, covering almost every territory in the country. If you only spent one day in each region, two months would pass with a blink of an eye.
And if you don’t have two months to spend in Australia, below are the different varietals you can expect to find in each region (to help you narrow down your options).
Barossa Valley: Riesling and Shiraz
Adelaide Hills: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc
McLaren Vale: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Mourvedre, Shiraz and Tempranillo
Eden Valley: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Shiraz
Margaret River: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Shiraz
Swan Valley: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Verdelho
New South Wales
Hunter Valley: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz
Yarra Valley: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz
Mornington Peninsula: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Alpine Valleys: Chardonnay, Nebbiolo and Shiraz
Nagambie Lakes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Marsanne, Roussanne, Shiraz and Viognier
King Valley: Arneis, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco and Sangiovese
Granite Belt: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Tempranillo and Verdelho
Tamar Valley: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Hobart: Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc
And in each of these regions, you can experience primitive to luxury lodging. The Luxury Lodges of Australia are owned and operated independently of each other. They also operate in enormously diverse locations and environments. Most offer a rate inclusive of a range of meals, beverages, and importantly, experiences.
Choosing where to start in your planning can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. I am a certified Aussie Specialist, which gives me the first-hand experience and knowledge to assist in your planning. It starts with a conversation about the time of year you want to go, leading into the discussion about your dreams for this journey, and coming full circle with collaboration on some of the finer points of your expectations. I will then deliver to you a plan for your curated experience Down Under.
So what are you waiting for? Contact me today to move your bucket list dream into reality.