Wine Hunter

Australia’s most stunning wineries

Although it is clich̩, Australians are serious about their drink Рand for a good reason.

We have over 60 different wine regions, hundreds of thousands of hectares of vineyards which produce millions of litres of wine which contribute to a billion-dollar domestic wine market. But what we really want to know is – which wineries are the most stunning and most importantly, create the best wine? We think we’ve found the answer.

Moorilla Estate

Surrounding Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (better known as MONA) is Moorilla Estate’s sprawling cool-climate vineyard. Once an unkept island of apple and pear trees, Moorilla encases Tasmania’s celebrated MONA Museum, a brewery, a series of bars and fine dining restaurants and eight multi-storey luxury penthouses to accommodate the public. David Walsh, a Tasmanian local, is responsible for Moorilla’s expansion and can now boast three different wine labels – Muse, Praxis and the highly sought after Cloth Label.

If an escape to Moorilla and MONA sounds like the perfect holiday for you, you’re in luck: sign up and you’ll be in the running for Hunter and Bligh’s Tasmanian Three Day Escape. Thrown into the prize is the Posh As MONA Experience – a $400 per person day trip that includes ferry transfers, MONA Museum entry, a private Moorilla tour and tasting followed by a three-course lunch with matching wines at Moorilla’s celebrated Source Restaurant.

Moorilla Estate
Where: 651-655 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania
For more info on Moorilla, click here, for more on the Posh-As Experience, click here

Port Phillip Estate

Port Phillip Estate is home to arguably two of the most popular vineyards in the country – Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate. Boasting architectural prowess, Port Phillip Estate’s tasting room and main cellar resides in a monolithic curved sculpture made completely with rammed earth. The building was designed with optimal cellar temperatures in mind – the museum wine store and barrel room sit five metres below ground level meaning ideal humidity and temperature is permanent. Port Phillip Estate produces everything from Salasso Rose to their 2011 Morillon Pinot Noir and their Dining Room has been named as one of the most sophisticated dining experiences in the country.

Port Phillip Estate
Where: 263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South, Victoria
More info here

d’Arenberg

The d’Arenberg cube has been a centrepiece amongst the vineyard since 2003 (Image: Good Food)

d’Arenberg really has something for every visitor – and if their concoctions aren’t enough for you, you can take up the job yourself. d’Arenberg now has their very own Blending Bench where amateur wine makers can be guided through the blending process to make a customised Shiraz to your own tasting. This, alongside d’Arenberg’s cellar door and restaurant reside within the d’Arenberg cube. The cube is a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed – the five-level structure was thought up by d’Arenberg’s owner, Chester Osborn. To completely understand the intricacy of wine and wine making, the cube features a wine inhalation room and a 360 degree video room to allow visitors an educational experience.

d’Arenberg
Where: Osborn Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia
More info here

All Saints Estate

On the cusp of the Victorian-New South Wales border is All Saints Estate. All Saints is a humble and relatively small winery that gives the impression of complete grandeur with its central castle that has stood since the 1870’s. Complete with turrets and a tower, All Saints’ castle was architecturally inspired by the Castle of Mey in Scotland. The castle, bottling hall and cellar are all classified by the Victorian Heritage Register while the Terrace Restaurant is a hatted establishment which has been adored since 2013 when British born chef Simon Arkless was led to to the magnificent winery.

All Saints Estate
Where: 315 All Saints Road, Wahgunyah, Victoria
More info here

Cupitt’s Winery

In a region less known for its wine and more for its untouched coastline, Cupitt’s Winery is a true standout. Just behind Ulladulla on New South Wales’ South Coast, Cupitt’s Winery is a fromagerie, brewery, restaurant, veggie garden, farm and winery all in one. Sitting atop a hill just five minutes from the Princes Highway, Cupitt’s offers panoramic views of their stunningly green vineyard and Stony Creek. To gain the complete experience of Cupitt’s Winery, Cupitt’s Cottage is nestled amongst the winery and is open for anyone to stay.

Cupitt’s Winery
Where: 58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla, NSW
More info here

St. Hugo

Paying homage to Louis Hugo Gramp is St. Hugo in the Barossa Valley. Since the 1980’s, St. Hugo have been producing some of the most complex and award-winning wines and continues to raise the benchmark for red wines – particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. St. Hugo’s restored ironstone building features an underground tasting room, a luxurious lounge and a fine dining restaurant. With a series of experiences on offer including intimate sittings at the Chef’s Table, private tours, wine tastings and degustation lunches, St. Hugo’s is a must-see hallmark of the Barossa Valley region.

St. Hugo
Where: 2141 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat, South Australia
More info here

Featured Image: Moorilla Estate Cellar Door/Supplied

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