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Grape grazing in Australia

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For the oenophiliac (wine buff) Australia offers a rich variety of wine styles to tantalise your palate. Grapes grow extremely well in the moister areas of the country, and there are world-renowned wine growing districts in most states (as well as many lesser-known but almost equally-as-good areas.) To add to your enjoyment, many of these areas are in easy reach of the capital cities. Some can even be visited in a few hours, although you'll want longer to enjoy the many wineries on offer.

There is only one thing to be wary of - Australia has a strict blood alcohol limit of 0.05% for the driver of a motor vehicle (ZERO percent for a p-plater or inexperienced driver.) Limit your tasting or appoint a designated driver... or if you prefer, take one of the many professional Winery Tours on offer and let someone else do the driving for you.

New South Wales

  • The Hunter Valley. Hunter wineries can be loosely divided into two main regions: the Lower Hunter Valley (which includes the Pokolbin district), and Upper Hunter Valley wineries.
  • The Orange area of the Central West specialises in cold climate wines, especially chardonnay and cabernet.
  • The Riverina area, around Griffith.

Victoria

South Australia

Western Australia

Queensland

Grapes do not grow well in northern Australia, however there are a number of interesting tropical fruit wineries in Queensland. For those who enjoy spirits, Bundaberg is famous as the home of Australian rum and for a small fee you can take a guided tour of the production plant (with tasting).

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