Australia is the home to a number of great food and wine districts and therefore selecting the place to gratify the foodie in you is both simple and hard at the same time. Should you go to the Yatra Valley for a Hillcrest Pinot Noir and creative regional tapas or should you go to the Margaret River to taste a Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Blue Ridge Marron with truffle-infused butter? The choice is enormous and therefore tough.
A great choice of food and wine is an important part of every luxury lodge in Australia and the culinary standard in every property is just outstanding as anticipated. Fresh products, quality ingredients, wine lists with great depth are a few things that can be enjoyed by all the guests and these are also the things that differentiate the luxury lodges. So, whichever place you choose to have the food and drink, star ratings cover the quality accommodations with numerous options to fit every budget and taste.
Here are the top 5 regions in Australia for the perfect food and wine while helping you to select the right menu by narrowing down the selection. Let’s get the details:
- Epicurean Way, South Australia: Probably, this is the most appetizing road trip of Australia, with the charming break taken in the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the Clare and Barossa Valley. So, you can taste the finest things of the McLaren Vale and therefore can take a conducted tour, walk, ride, or drive down to McMurtrie Mile that includes Sabella Vineyards, Wirra Wirra winery, Blessed Cheeses and McLaren Vale Beer Company. Besides, you can also find Hahndorf- the little German-themed town in the Adelaide Hills, where you can look through the local bakeries and delicatessens and pick strawberries at the Beerenberg Farm and try out the ChocoVino (wine and chocolate pairing) experience at the Hahndorf Hill Winery.
The Barossa Valley is considered as a great gourmand delight with numerous food and wine tracks like Barossa Cheese and Wine Trail, Tanunda Heritage Trail and the Butcher, Baker and Winemaker Trail. And you can’t miss Maggie Beer- the Australian legend’s farm shop. Besides, there is another place, namely Clare Valley where the tourists can pay a visit to Knappstein and Sevenhill Cellars, which is a micro-brewery and winery in one.
- Hunter Valley, NSW: This place is known as the oldest wine growing region of Australia known for the cooking schools, fine-dining, health spas, galleries, antique shops, hot air ballooning and golf courses. While visiting this place, the Cellar doors, Tasting trails, quirky cafes and roadside stalls will be your traveling companion. Here you can plan around a trip during any of the concerts of festivals of Hunter or just cruise around to this place to sample the handmade chocolates, local cheeses, sourdough breads, olive oils and charcuterie. The Wine Trail and Around Hermitage Food is a great epicurean escapade. Other main highlights in this area include: Peterson Rail Motor Museum, Hunter Valley Gardens, Morpeth Brewery and Beer Co, The Spa at Chateau Elan in Rothbury, beaches of Port Stephens and Binnorie Dairy near Pokolbin and the picturesque peninsulas.
- Tamar Valley, Tasmania: This is one of the most popular food and wine destinations in Australia at the present time. Fresh, clean, eco, organic and heritage are some of the terms that you would get to notice and hear while you will be in the Apple Isle. In case you travel to South, North or someplace in between, then you will be indulged with salmon, pork, abalone, truffles, cherries, honey, olive oil etc.
The Tamar Valley region located around Launceston, which is in the northern part of this state is lined with Elm, Poplar and Hawthorn trees along with the rich farmland that includes vineyards, lavender plantations, orchards and strawberry farms. The Tamar Valley Wine Route offers 32 cool-climate wineries, at the same time, the Wine & Gourmet Food extravagance tour takes you in the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company, the historic Evandale, Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm, the award winning Ashgrove Farm Cheeses and the 41 Degrees South Salmon Farm. Here every café and restaurant has own veggie garden.
- Margaret River: This is another place in Australia, known for a number of premium wineries like Cullen, Vasse Felix, Clairault, Leeuwin Estate, Piero and Voyager. Besides, there are a number of boutique operations. Margaret River is also known as a larder of distinction with the best quality shellfish and seafood (including the most popular local marron), lamb and venison, organic beef, wood-fired bread, olive oil, handmade chocolates, truffles and craft beer sniffed out at Manjimup. These are some of the regional fare preferred by the chefs and the privileged patrons.
Between the delectable tastings and mouthwatering meals, there are some pristine beaches, ancient caves and assorted galleries that the tourists can explore. Other activities include: snorkeling, whale watching, scuba and surfing, carpets of colorful wildflowers starting from mid August to the end of October and the sunsets over the ocean.
- Yarra Valley: Located just an hour away from Melbourne, this is one of the leading food and wine destinations of Victoria, renowned for the unique local creations, natural beauty and cool climate Pinot Noir, Sparkling and Chardonnay wines. You can join the Regional Food Trail of Yarra Valley to have a complete exploration of the local tariffs or you can visit the cellar doors at the popular wineries like Fergusson, De Bortoli, Punt Road, Mandala Wines and Yering Station.
Here the travelers are free to pick their own berries, stone fruit and cherries at Chappies, which is located at Raynor’s or Silvan Orchard in the Woori Yallock, can catch their lunches at the Australian Rainbow Trout Farm or breath in the serenity at the Warratina Lavender Farm, located in the base of Dandenong Ranges. Also don’t forget to explore the great work of conservation continuing at the Healesville Sanctuary native animal haven and you can also choose to pick up the supplies every Saturday at the Healesville Organic Market.
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