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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.
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.
- Less than one hour by car from Adelaide
- Home to more than 50 wineries
- Numerous historical attractions thanks to the history in the region
- Beautiful landscapes including Greenock Creek
- Over eight hours away from Melbourne
- Can be crowded during the Vintage Festival
- Many wineries cater primarily to tourists with just a cursory knowledge of wines
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.
- Roughly two hours from Sydney
- Beautiful colonial buildings in the region
- Dozens of gourmet restaurants offering local wine pairings
- Frequent rain and thunderstorms during the night in summer
- Wineries are spread out
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.
- Just three hours from Perth
- Is a surfing and swimming mecca that is great for families
- Home to underrated wineries with affordable bottles
- Can feel isolated from the rest of Australia
- Frequent rain between May and August
- Fewer upscale wineries
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.