If there is one thing for sure, summer is meant for long afternoons spent in the sunshine sipping Australia’s best wine. So here is the essential list of award-winning wineries from the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards to help you plan that weekend away, or maybe just a day trip to taste some top drops!
ADELAIDE- Longview Vineyard
Family owned, Longview Vineyard is located in the Adelaide Hills outside the history township of Macclesfield. It’s not just a clever name either – the undulating slopes create an incredible vista, making it the perfect location to taste some of their finest wines.
Winners of two major trophies at this year’s Royal Melbourne Wine Awards for their Iron Knob 2017 Riesling, Longview offer wine tastings, Sunday lunches, stunning accommodation and for those looking at making a longer-term commitment, the breathtaking scenery is the perfect backdrop for a wedding!
TASMANIA – Bay of Fires Cellar Door and House of Arras
Set amongst the vineyards in the Tamar Valley wine region, Tasmania, is the Bay of Fires cellar door – an award-winning modern architecturally designed building, that takes in the sweeping views over the winery.
With extensive knowledge of the wines, the vineyards and the local region, the cellar door team are on hand to take you through their list of delicious wines, including the House of Arras sparkling – with the Grand Vintage 2008 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir taking out the Best Sparkling of the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.
VICTORIA – Medhurst
Located in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Medhurst’s cellar door is located on the hill overlooking the vineyard and estate – with the view itself worth the visit. The winery also features a café where you can enjoy delicious snacks made from the best produce that complement the range of wines.
Whether you want to take part in a wine tasting - the 2017 YRB Pinot Shiraz was awarded Best Red Blend at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards – or share a bottle with friends in the afternoon, Medhurst is a beautiful stop in this famous wine region.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA – House of Cards Wines
Located in Yallingup in Margaret River, and set amongst the 12 hectare vineyard, this gorgeous cellar door not only offers a taste the current selection of House of Cards wines, but also showcases a range of art and jewellery by local and Australian artists.
Passionate supporters of buying Australian hand-made, your hosts Liz and Trav present a treasure trove and great Aussie wine and design, with their The Royals Queen of Hearts 2016 Chardonnay awarded the Francois De Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine at the most recent Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.
NEW SOUTH WALES – Tyrrell’s Wines
A trip to the Hunter Valley is always a good idea, but particularly when you stop in Tyrrell’s for some award-winning drops at the cellar door – the VAT 1 is Australia’s most awarded white wine and the 2009 VAT 1 Semillon took home the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Award trophy for Best Mature Wine.
You can also take a guided tour of the winery and see the history of the almost 160 years of winemaking, with the original iron bark hut that Edward Tyrrell lived in, still standing today.