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Added June 25, 2013
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For wine enthusiasts from around the world, Australia is a true mecca. Although a relatively new wine producer compared to countries like France and Italy, Australia is a destination with untold potential that is already the world's fourth-largest exporter of wine. Although wine is grown in each of Australia's six states, there are certainly some specific wine regions that should make it onto any oenophile's travel itinerary. Here is a brief description of some of the most popular wine regions with the notable pros and cons of each destination to better help you make your choice.

 

Barossa Valley

Located in South Australia, this is one of the oldest wine regions in the country. Sicilian and British immigrants with winery traditions discovered that the soil in the Barossa Valley was ideal for growing grapes, and they now produce a large portion of the exported white wine from Australia.

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Hunter Valley

This wine region in Australia is found in New South Wales. While slightly less popular than Barossa, Hunter Valley offers especially fine semillon and shiraz.

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Margaret River

Located in Western Australia, the Margaret River wine region boasts a lovely Mediterranean climate, and it is situated right on the coast of the Indian Ocean.

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Along with these three wine regions, wine enthusiasts might want to visit Mornington Peninsula, Mudgee, Yarra Valley and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Whether you are travelling alone, with your family or trying to organise a romantic getaway, there is a destination that will be perfect for you.

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