Are These Australia's Most Instagrammable Wine Destinations?
Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
While the main focus of heading on a trip into wine country is surely the chance to sip and sample some of the best Australian wine going around; the opportunity to gather some extra fodder for your Instagram or Facebook feeds ranks pretty highly too.
That’s right, a winery getaway is sure to fill your camera roll with beautiful shots of you and your companions cheersing; vineyard close-ups and stunning landscape scenes. Happily, Australia has no shortage of spectacular wine destinations, all teeming with would-be shots for you to share on social media – or just store as keepsakes. To help you on your way, we have rounded up some of Australia’s most beautiful wine regions. We have even picked out a must-visit winery in each area. The views at any of these wineries are worth spamming your social media followers with. And the real win? An abundance of vineyard accommodation is each area means you don’t have to limit your wine travels to just one day.
If you're keen to find out what wines to drink when you're on your next vineyard tour, head over to our article on Regional Wines to Try on Your Next Australian Wine Getaway, where we've enlisted the help of the wine experts from the Halliday Wine Companion to share some tantalising tasting notes.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Bellarine Peninsula VIC
Image: Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Facebook.
Finding it hard to choose between a getaway to the vine-strewn countryside, or the coast? Jack Rabbit Vineyard, located on a corner of the Bellarine Peninsula, delivers both. Melbourne’s city skyline peeks out from the horizon on clear days, and the scenes across Port Phillip Bay can be admired from a window table in the restaurant, or from an outdoor bench in the more relaxed cellar door café. Once you have drained your glass of crisp rose, wander down the lawn and get to using your smartphone’s panoramic camera functionality.
Chapel Hill Winery, McLaren Vale SA
Image: Chapel Hill, Facebook.
McLaren Vale is tucked between the rolling hills and pristine coastline on the Fleurieu Peninsula and the vineyards here aren’t shy about flaunting this pretty-as-a-picture location. Take Chapel Hill. The views across rows and rows of vines are seemingly endless, and the outlook is especially stunning from the Retreat. The sight of the 150-year old stone chapel, which houses the cellar door and tasting room, is also easy on the eye.
Vasse Felix, Margaret River WA
Image: Vasse Felix, Tourism WA.
As a juggernaut name in Australian wine, it likely comes as little surprise that the Vasse Felix estate in Margaret River is just as impressive as its vintages. Explore the Estate with a hosted tour of the property (operating weekdays, bookings required), sit down to a superb menu in the restaurant, or work your way through a tasting flight in the cellar door. Margaret River is brimming with winery accommodation for those wanting to discover the region even more.
Port Phillip Estate, Mornington Peninsula VIC
Image: Port Phillip Estate.
There’s no denying it: the view at Port Phillip Estate on the Mornington Peninsula is a jaw dropper. It might come as a surprise to a first-time visitor too, hidden behind the monolith rammed-earth façade. Walk through the heavy doors however and there it is: an outlook that stretches across lawn and vine-dotted pasture, over treetops and out to Westernport Bay and the Bass Strait. Get your fill of the view in between tastings at the sleek cellar door bar, or over a fine lunch in the Dining Room. Make time to take a selfie or six on the outdoor timber deck.
Josef Chromy Wine, Tamar Valley TAS
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Tip: ask for a table close to the windows if you dine at the restaurant at Josef Chromy Wines in the Tamar Valley. The views look out across the estate’s lake and vineyard – just don’t let the aspect distract you long enough for your lunch to get cold. Those not able to stay for a meal shouldn’t worry about missing out on the views: the cellar door rivals the restaurant in the vista stakes. It is housed in the estate’s 1880s homestead, meaning any façade shots will garner just as much admiration as the landscape photographs you snap.
Shaw + Smith, Adelaide Hills SA
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As far as city-adjacent Australian wine destinations go, the Adelaide Hills is one of the most picturesque. And with a visit to Shaw + Smith, it is easy to see why. Take a seat in the restaurant-style Tasting Room for a wine flight and cheese plate, and give a nod in approval of the space’s strategic positioning of uninterrupted views out to the estate’s vineyard. A place out on the covered patio is the pick of available perches but visitors who choose to sit inside will still be treated to social media-worthy vistas.
Audrey Wilkinson, Hunter Valley NSW
Image: Audrey Wilkinson Wines, Destination NSW.
Imagine the perfect vineyard landscape and chances are that the one at Audrey Wilkinson in the Hunter Valley comes pretty close to what you have in mind. The cellar door here sits atop a gently sloping foothill in the Brokenback Mountain Ranges, gifting visitors with awe-inspiring 360-degree vistas of the Hunter. The view really is one of the estate’s calling cards – other than the top-notch wine, of course – so it is worth hanging around for an hour or two. Book a picnic (available in conjunction with a tasting and self-guided tour of the on-site museum) to enjoy on the lawn.
Mandala Wines, Yarra Valley VIC
Image: Mandala Wines, Visit Victoria.
Ask any past visitor to the Yarra Valley – no matter where they land on the wine connoisseur scale – and they are likely to wax lyrical about the beauty of this region. Mandala Wines in Dixon’s Creek is no exception. Visitors to the cellar door can point to the vineyards that produced the grapes for their chosen drop, and diners in the glasshouse-style restaurant look out across verdant lawns and manicured grounds. Cheers to the view over a wood-fire pizza.
Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley SA:
Image: Seppeltsfield. Sven Kovac, South Australian Tourism Commission.
The beauty of Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley begins before you have even stepped foot on the vineyard’s grounds. It starts with the ‘Avenue of Palms’, a stretch of road that leads visitors into the winery. Pulling over to the side of the road for a photo or two is definitely recommended. The Seppeltsfied Wines estate itself is huge, spanning more than 420 acres and covering heritage vineyard, beautiful garden and a smattering of historic buildings. Pick up a grazing picnic from Benno’s Kiosk and find a spot on the grounds to indulge in cheese, wood-fired bread and small goods. For a more polished dining experience, look to their restaurant; FINO.
Phillip Shaw Wines, Orange NSW
Image: Philip Shaw Wines, Facebook.
The outdoor spaces at Philip Shaw Wines in Orange, Country NSW, are made for soaking up the surrounds of this cool-climate wine region. Think plenty of grass area, immaculate gardens, covered al fresco dining and tiered bocce courts. A stunning cellar door sits within the bones of a restored bluestone barn (hint, hint, another photo op). Plus the vantage point that comes with the vineyard being one of the highest in Australia means the sweeping landscape views.
Dal Zotto Wines, King Valley VIC
Image: Dal Zotto Wines, Visit Victoria.
Brush up on your lawn game skills before heading to Dal Zotto Wines in High Country’s King Valley. A round on the bocce courts with friends or family is a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon – and the view of green lawn, tall gum trees, neat vines and far off rolling hills doesn’t hurt either. A table on the al fresco paved patio is hot property, and visitors can pair wine picks with pizza, antipasti or handmade pasta from the Trattoria menu.
Turn a day trip into a bonafide getaway with a stay at some vineyard accommodation, thanks to our Wine Escapes collection.