Australians love a good drop of wine. And we are lucky enough to have some of the best winemakers in the world down under. With well-renowned grape growing regions such as the Barossa Valley in SA, Margaret River in WA and the Yarra Valley in Victoria, it's no surprise that year after year we see some amazing releases come out.
Victoria: De Bortoli, Yarra Valley
This is a family-run winery which focuses on good food, good wine and good times with family and friends. Steve Webber, the 2007 Wine Magazine's 'winemaker of the year' works at De Bortoli, and produces his famous chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and caberner sauvignon. The winery features an Italian resaurant and a playground keeps the younger ones happy all day long.
New South Wales: Lerida Estate, Canberra
This winery has a very rustic feel with cement brick foundations with corrugated tin, and a fireside cafe to relax in. The courtyard terrace has magnificent views of the Lake George valley and their speciality is the shiraz viognier. Delicious foods are also on offer including homemade soups, scones, cakes and quiches.
Queensland: Sirromet, Mt Cotton
Located on the outskirts of Brisbane, this winery has amazing views over the islands in the bay. They regularly feature live jazz and the bluestone restaurant on site is well known for its seafood.
South Australia: Coriole, McLaren Vale
Set around an 1860s farmhouse, this oldstyle winery is based on an Italian region and its sangiovese is among the country's best. The views are breathless, and the olives and cheeses are ideal for a picnic platter under the mulberrry trees.
Western Australia: Vasse Felix, Margaret River
Well known for their classy food, Vasse Felix also combines this with amazing wines including their chardonnay, carbernet merlot and shiraz. The winery also features a performing arts facility and gallery to give you a bit more culture...if you need it!