When I think of a mixture of everything I’d like to have in a country, my mind goes straight to Australia. I don’t know what I love more – the wide variety of natural sceneries, as well as contrasts between rural and urban parts, the friendliness of the locals or the availability of all sorts of relaxing options that include spas, sporting venues, water activities or wining and dining. I already wrote about great places for wine tasting in Australia in the first part of this article, but I felt the need to write a sequel, and here it goes.
Australian Wineries in Small Towns: Part 2
Lilydale, Tamar Valley
If you’re a true hedonist, you’ll love visiting this little piece of heaven guiding you straight through a bunch of fabulous little wineries. I personally enjoyed the level of kindness in people and the general friendly atmosphere. The best wineries were ones that are very small and run by a family. There’s a special appeal to these kinds of places, and you should definitely experience it! After that, if you get tired of wine tasting, you can take a break at the River Café or have a Tamar River Cruise. It’s the whole package.
Clare Valley, South Australia
This valley is quite unique as its climate is a bit different from other parts of the area. The nights can get quite cold which is why the conditions for growing Riesling are excellent. It goes great with fish and seafood. When it comes to finding the best white wine, you need to think Clare Valley and Riesling. If you’re new to the story, Riesling has a specific citrusy taste with a bit of acidity. Good Rieslings can stay in a cellar for many years.
Yarra Glen, Victoria
When in the neighborhood, check out the Balgownie Estate Vineyard and Hotel, which is a representation of the all-in-one you might need on your quest to relaxing while tasting delicious wine. The selection of spa treatments they offer will absolutely blow your mind, and the view of the beautiful vineyards are going to take your breath away. Plus, you can enjoy all that with a glass of amazing pinot noir, which is one of my favorites.
Myrtleford, Alpine Valleys
One of the most amazing small town wineries in Australia for me was the great Michelini. This family built their business from scratch, and they praise themselves in great politeness, incredible wine taste, and reasonable prices. It sounds like it’s too good to be true, but if you’re skeptical, feel free to go and check for yourself. Trust me, you’ll end up making this trip an annual thing. Barbera and Moscato Rose are my personal suggestions to try when you decide to embark on this journey.
Durif is Rutherglen’s most famous wine. Since I’m a red wine person, I adore it. Durif can be described as a red wine with a hint of purple due to the addition of fruity and berry flavors. It may sound too sweet, but trust me, it’s absolutely perfect. Cofield Wines is one of the places where you’ll be sure to get best recommendations and a full experience for wine enthusiasts such as yourselves.
Taking a winery and vineyard tour is always a good idea! It’s a great experience, and it differs from all other types of trips. Specifically, if taken in Australia, it can be turned into a completely relaxing trip that includes nature exploration, wine tasting, spa centers and hiking. It’s a perfect way to relax and unwind from the busy life of the 21st century.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.