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Instead of pairing wine with just food,
pair it with your vacation!
When taking a vacation to Australia, one of the first great realizations is that there’s delicious Australian wine wherever you go.
Australia has a rich and intricate history of award-winning winemaking that began in the early 1800s. Boasting some of the oldest vines in the world, Australia’s varied and nuanced terrain allows for a wide diversity of flavors and textures of wine.
Australia has become the 4th largest exporter of wine in the world, behind powerhouses France, Italy and Spain. And while Australia’s largest exports are Chardonnay and Shiraz, Australian winemakers are becoming wold-renown for all varietals of grape.
Yellow Tail may be the most popular brand of Australian wine in America, but there are arguably many other overwhelmingly delicious offerings. Australian wines have come to enjoy a higher profile in some of the finest and most popular restaurants across the world. With so much excitement coming out of the various wine regions of Australia, what better way to celebrate than by melding two of our favorite activites: vacationing and wine.
Take time to explore these popular regions of Australian winemaking, and then decide which Australian wine vacation you think would be most suitable for your discerning pallette. Cheers!
Australia Wine Region #1:
The Yarra Valley
Southern Australia Nature Adventure
With over 90 wineries, the Yarra Valley is the state of Victoria’s oldest wine region. With its cool climate the Yarra Valley boasts a wide variety of wines including elegant sparklings, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, to complex pinot noir, rich cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and more. Our Southern Australia Nature Adventure includes a hot air balloon ride above the Yarra Valley, plus tours of Sydney, Melbourne and more. This Australia wine vacation package can be customized to include other wine regions of Australia as well.
For more information about the Yarra Valley visit the Yarra Valley Winegrowers Association.
Australia Wine Region #2:
The Barossa Valley
A Nature and Epicurean Journey
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region. It has a typical Mediterranean climate with dry summers and mild winters. The region is best known for its shiraz, and as such has helped solidify Australia’s worldwide reputation for superb winemaking. Every other year, the region showcases its winemaking with the week long Barossa Valley Vintage Festival. Our Barossa Valley wine vacation package can be customized to include other wine regions of Australia as well.
For more information about the Barossa Valley visit the Barossa Grape & Wine website.
Australia Wine Region #3:
The Hunter Valley
Culture, Food and Wildlife
The Hunter Valley produces some of the world’s finest semillon and shiraz. Just a couple hours drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is an accessible and delightful excursion to include in your vacation to Australia. The area boasts 120 wineries, and is Australia’s oldest wine region. This Australia wine vacation package can be customized to include other wine regions of Australia as well.
For more information about the Hunter Valley visit the Hunter Valley tourism website.
From our friends at Victoria Tourism:
We have some exciting news to share…
Melbourne is going to be featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”. Our Melbourne episode is scheduled to air July 20th at 10:00pm EST:
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Season 5)
July 20, 2009 at 10:00pm EST
Melbourne, known as Australia’s cultural capital, is a melting pot of cultures, and Tony is off to discover what makes it so special. Luckily, Tony has many friends here, all of whom take him to sample the many different cuisines of Melbourne.
Also, Victoria will be included in a special episode entitled “Obsessed” in early 2010. The episode is a round up of chefs and foodies from all over the world who are incredibly driven, experts on a particular ingredient, or just downright obsessed with food!
From Travel and Leisure, February 2008:
An invigorating article by writer Stephen Metcalf on the sophisticated food and wine culture of the island of Tasmania.
He discusses how the culinary culture of Tasmania is fiercely local; game, seafood and produce are all cultivated and harvested locally. The winemakers of Tasmania share a similar vigilance, and over the last decade have produced some of the world’s superpremium wines. Fueling and influencing the Tasmanian epicurean pride is the lush background of the island itself: “It is like no place on earth, a paradise intelligently designed…Delicacies everywhere, delivered from a nearby arcadia, produced by people who expressed their deepest essence in making it…”
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