When visiting Australia, most people end up in Sydney for a time and this thankfully serves as the perfect location from which to take a tryst into Wine Country. Southern Australia has 16 individual Wine Regions and each is simply as wonderful as the last. Taking a wine tour whilst in Australia is an absolute must do. From your Port Macquarie hotel a tour to one or more of the Wine Regions of Southern Australia can be easily arranged. Here is a breakdown of some of the areas of interest:
Adelaide is home to the national wine centre of Australia and there is certainly an abundance of wine tasting opportunities. Whether you are after a hop between wine cellars, or a wander through the Adelaide Plains, there will be plenty to entertain and occupy you here. It is also a good way to incorporate wine tasting with some shopping in this major city.
A Barossa Valley day tour will take you around the two wine regions of Barossa. This landscape is one of the most beautiful in Australia and the wine is fantastic to boot. You will find some of the best Shiraz of Australia in the region of Barossa.
Clare Valley is an excellent place to visit by bicycle for the more adventurous visitor. The region is famous for its Riesling wines and there will be little doubt why once you have a try.
It is worth visiting Kangaroo Island whether you like wine or not, but for those who do it is a veritable haven. There will always be a cellar door within sight and the wines will wow your taste buds. This is also an excellent place to taste liquors. An added bonus is that it is situated within striking distance of some fantastic Great Ocean Road tours and sights.
Wineries along the Limestone Coast are famous for their full-bodied taste. The reason for this is the limestone soil, which imbues its flavour into the grapes. This soil is known as Terra Rosa soil and few regions around the world create wines with such an excellent taste.
The Riverland is a region that runs along the Murray River. It includes famous wineries such as the Berri Estate and Banrock Station. There is a vast amount to see, experience and taste in the Riverland so it is worth researching and planning your trip so that you can make the most of the experience.
Wine Tasting in Australia
The regions listed above are but a few of the fantastic wine regions of Australia. The Southern Coast is perhaps the best producer of wines but the country as a whole produces some fantastic crops of grapes.
There are many ways to experience wineries in Australia but the best by far is probably to do so on a tour bus. Drink Driving rules in Australia are strict and the practice is very dangerous so it is always important to make arrangements for transport if you intend on trying a lot of wines.
When visiting the wineries, however, the endless walks through vineyards and across rolling hills will provide you with the perfect opportunities to relax and to sober up somewhat before your journey home.