Back on the road again…

June is a great time to get out and about to visit the wine regions, enjoy some long lunches and pick up a few bargains along the way. Winter in Australia tends to be a quieter time at cellar doors, which is a great pity as it often coincides with the latest vintage of Reds…

Dark horse of the valley

What is it that makes a winery cellar door truly great? It depends why you are going there in the first place. Good thing is, in Victoria’s Yarra Valley there are over 140 cellar doors (and yes, we have visited most of them…) to choose from and the difference between having a good day out…

Destination: Mornington Peninsula

Why visit this region: The Mornington Peninsula grows some amazing cool climate wines and, although their offerings appear on paper to be very similar to the Yarra Valley wineries, their proximity to the ocean and quite different soils make for a very different experience. There are a lot of wineries quite close together, so you…

Destination: Northern Tasmania

Although Tasmania is considered by some wine writers as a single wine region, the North and South are actually very different experiences. The South is famous for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling (with a large helping of quality Iced Riesling offerings as well as, more recently, Pinot Gris). By contrast, the North of Tasmania (and,…

All Saints – Fine wine, Fine dining

With lawns and hedges beautifully maintained and a main building designed to look like the keep of a British castle, All Saints winery in Wagunyah (just north of Rutherglen and very well sign-posted) is a beautiful experience if the weather plays its part. The wine: Excellent range, including an exceptional array of fortified wines to…

Morris – a “must see” when visiting Rutherglen

Depending on the route you take to Rutherglen, Morris Wines is either on the right as you drive into town or a short drive East from the centre of town. Either way, this winery has a few surprises to reward the newcomer and a flight of world class fortified wines for those who know what…

Campbells – home of the Bobby Burns Shiraz (plus many, many others)

A quote from 1870 when Campbells of Rutherglen was founded starts “Dig, gentlemen, dig” but it was not gold, but wine in which the Campbell family saw their fortunes being made. 150 years later and you can appreciate the foresight. A visit to Campbells cellar door is almost a must when visiting Rutherglen. Light lunch…

Chambers Rosewood – Value and Variety

On a back road near the main township of Rutherglen sits Chambers Rosewood winery. From the outside it looks like a very boutique producer. From the inside it looks like a factory with a few benches and stools. What the cellar door lacks in pizzazz it makes up for in value and variety and is…

Destination: Coal Valley (Tasmania)

Tasmania for some is one giant wine region. To other writers it is two regions: North and South. If you really want to enjoy all that Tasmania has to offer to a wine lover, you need to break it down a bit further and here we are going to look at the Coal Valley. Getting…

Destination: Nagambie

Nagambie itself is a small town in the North Central district of Victoria. The region itself is home to the wineries of Tahbilk, Mitchelton and McPherson Wines (currently no cellar door to visit). For the next installment in our Destinations series of posts, we will look at one of our favourite wine regions, albeit with…