Love romance and wine? These 8 escapes are for you
Posted by Casey Warrener on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Who doesn’t love a wine country escape? Sleeping close-by cellar doors, avoiding winding buses and weary same-day travels home is ideal. And better still; bring along your S.O. to swap notes on all those samplings. There’s nothing like drinking beautiful wines in a beautiful countryside to get you in the mood for romance. Ahead are eight cosy retreats spread-out across Australia’s best wine regions. Prepare for cheese platters, open fires, and sharing special bottles with a view of rolling vines. In a word: divine.
Barossa Valley, SA – Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage
In the midst of the Barossa’s world-class wineries, Seppeltsfield Cottage offers more than just a heady escape – it’s an unmatchable experience of the region. The hosts here will happily share their insider tips to make sure you and yours have the best time possible. Take a tour of the surrounding Seize the Day vineyard finished with a tasting, organise bikes to get about, and have dinner booked for you at one of the area’s exceptional restaurants. For a romantic winery retreat, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Date idea: To break up all the eating and drinking, why not visit the Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park. Hike upwards for scenic views of the valley, and feel good about a cheese-filled picnic when you're done. Win-win.
Yarra Valley, VIC – Botanica Editions
The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s best-known wine region. And amongst its award-winning drops, stunning landscape and scrumptious dining, the romantic retreats of Botanica Editions have our attention too. Set against a backdrop of Mt Riddell and Mt Toolebewong within incredible parkland gardens, two houses mix contemporary design and repurposed furnishings to the result of unique, chic interiors. This is a true back-to-nature experience – you can forage from your own plot of seasonal herbs and vegetables, and even the wash products are plant based and custom made for the stays. If you want a refreshing winery escape, this is our top pick.
Date idea: The Healesville Sanctuary is right alongside the stay, so how about checking out some wildlife in between wines.
Barossa Valley, SA – The Kirche at Charles Melton
South Australia loves its churches, and at Charles Melton’s The Kirche (German for: The Church), you can even sleep in one. For wine travels with a difference you can’t go past a 19th century chapel turned luxury vineyard retreat. When you arrive at this soaring ceilinged haven we’d recommend your first stop be the kitchen, where wine, cheese and gourmet breakfast treats wait. Charles Melton produces top-notch reds; inspired by those of the Rhone wine region, but evolving with distinctive Barossa flair. When you’re ready to emerge from your literal sanctuary, you can indulge in these tasty sips a short stroll away.
Date idea: Sample your way through the Barossa Farmers Market stalls on a Saturday. You'll find great coffee, buttery pastries and all the gourmet produce you could ever want.
Mornington Peninsula, VIC – Lindenderry at Red Hill
In a region that combines a stunning setting with awesome activities, you’ll find accommodation a covetable amalgam in itself – Lindenderry at Red Hill. Set on 30-acres of English-style gardens that reach out to rolling vineyards and an idyllic lake, this is one gorgeous spot. And with wine and wood-fired pizza at the cellar door, a menu centred about seasonal produce at the restaurant, a day-spa, pool and tennis courts, you’ll definitely be kept busy (in the best kind of way). Pick up a bottle of something special, and picnic next to the lake. There’s so much romance to be had at this beautiful retreat.
Date idea: If the timing is right, spend a day berry picking. And of course – go to the beach!
McLaren Vale, SA – Mount Bold Estate
Mt Bold Estate is an idyllic rural retreat at the gateway to McLaren Vale. Cathedral-style ceilings, big picture windows and French doors work together to create a sense of space that feels indulgent for two. But in fact it’s made just for you and your love – a double spa with a view, a cosy loft bedroom and a sundrenched balcony overlooking the vineyards and rolling farmlands complete the package. Again, proximity to wine country wins popularity, making it all too easy to spend your days hopping between cellar doors. Need we say more?
Date idea: Had your fill of wine? How about a beer? The family-run Goodieson Brewery offers a range of ales sure to satisfy the beer snob in you.
The Hunter Valley, NSW – Hunter Valley Cooperage B&B
Amongst the rolling countryside of Pokolbin onsite of Kelman Vineyard, you’ll find Hunter Valley Cooperage B&B. Here there are three luxe rooms to choose from – the original retreat with lake views, the cool Scandinavian-style studio, and the ‘Champagne Room’, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking an orchard, a huge double bath and oriental decor. Add port and chocolates in each room, tennis courts, a private movie theatre and golf range, and you’ve got a super fun escape to hangout with your best mate. And let’s not forget the generous breakfast served daily – the ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter are a standout.
Date idea: For the ultimate in romance you can't go past oysters and sparkling. Peterson House is the area's best known bubbly producer, and the estate has an Oyster Bar to boot. Done.
The King Valley, VIC – Casolare at Politini Wines
For a taste of Sicily minus the price tag, look no further than Casolare at Politini Wines. A sweet vineyard cottage with double French doors opening to a sun-soaked deck, you can enjoy breathtaking views with your amore inside or out (while sipping Italian varietals, of course). There’s a wine for every palette at the cellar door, and if you’re game for cleansing ales between samplings, the Whitfield Pub is just up the road. Get on the prosecco trail, or simply sit back and take in the striking mountain surrounds.
Date idea: Take a cannoli or salami making class with Nonna Politini (depending on your preference for sweet or savoury)
Adelaide Hills, SA – Cladich Pavilions
Near enough to the Adelaide CBD yet far enough from flurry, Cladich Pavilions is a tranquil bushland retreat in the hills. Straight away you notice the distinctly Australian architecture and its waves of corrugated iron. Huge windows frame the native surrounds and flood the interiors with light, making for a serene hideaway to refresh with your special someone. But the best part, we think, is that the wineries and gourmet foodstuff of the Adelaide Hills are on your doorstep, and the Barossa not much further from that.
Date idea: For a hit of Germanic culture, head to Hahndorf. There's a museum, galleries and pubs serving traditional cuisine – a triple threat of awesomeness.
Not a drinker? We get it – sometimes all those histamines make us head-coldy too. Why not checkout these ideas instead; this round up includes some of the coolest, off-the-beaten-path spots for romance around.