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10 must-visit Australian wine regions

Langhorne Creek is a region that deserves more attention. Location: Lake Breeze Wines. Credit: SATC/Mike Annese.

This country bursts with glorious grape-growing areas that are ripe for exploration and indulgence.

And it’s hard to beat an outing sipping tasty wine while overlooking vineyard-cloaked backdrops.

Looking for inspiration?

We’ve unearthed some of the best wine regions in Australia, from the iconic to the hidden gems.

Frogmore Creek is a stunner within easy reach of Hobart. Image courtesy: Frogmore Creek.

Tamar Valley wine region, TAS

Where is it: Starting from just 15km north of Launceston.

In a nutshell: The state’s oldest and largest wine district offers a sensational cellar-door trail with mostly boutique wineries dotted either side of the picturesque Tamar River. There are plenty of cute villages and enthralling attractions within the area, leading to immense appeal that extends far beyond crushed grapes.

Signature varieties: Sparkling, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc.

Key Tamar Valley wineries: Jansz and neighbouring Pipers Brook, Grey Sands, Moores Hill, Tamar Ridge.

Book now: BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday and Native Wildlife Park or BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.

Ablaze with beauty: Tassie's famed Tamar Valley. Location: Wines for Joanie. Credit: Rob Burnett.

Swan Valley wine region, WA

Where is it: 25km northeast of Perth (but only 10km from BIG4 Perth Midland!).

In a nutshell: WA’s oldest wine region delivers an immediately relaxing ambience, which contradicts its proximity to bustling Perth. Alongside the generous gathering of cellar doors are microbreweries, cideries, distilleries, and chocolatiers. It all makes for one seriously satisfying escape.

Signature varieties: Verdelho, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon.

Key Swan Valley wineries: Sandalford, Lancaster, Upper Reach, Edgecombe Brothers.

Book now: BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park.

Relax with ease in the impressive Swan Valley. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Bellarine Peninsula, VIC

Where is it: 100km southwest of Melbourne.

In a nutshell: The Bellarine oozes spectacular scenery and is a long-time favourite for holidaymakers. Its appeal is enriched by a super selection of cool-climate wineries that are dotted from coast to coast. It all makes for one memorable escape easily enjoyed from Melbourne.

Signature varieties: Pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay.

Key Bellarine Peninsula wineries: Jack Rabbit, Lethbridge @ Hat Rock, Bennetts on Bellarine, Banks Road.

Book now: BIG4 Bellarine Holiday Park or BIG4 Beacon Resort.

Come for the wines, stay for the view: Bellarine's iconic Jack Rabbit winery. Image courtesy: Jack Rabbit.

Mudgee wine region, NSW

Where is it: 270km northwest of Sydney.

In a nutshell: This historical cool-climate district is a favourite with many and is home to some of the best wineries in NSW. Dozens of cellar doors are clustered around the picturesque town. And the heritage-rich villages that neighbour Mudgee provide even more reason to reach this Central NSW location.

Signature varieties: Robust reds alongside chardonnay.

Key Mudgee wineries: Lowe Wines, Logan, Short Sheep, Huntington Estate, Cellar by Gilbert.

Book now: BIG4 Mudgee Holiday Park.

Lowe Wines is a high point of the mighty Mudgee region. Credit: Destination NSW.

Barossa wine region, SA

Where is it: 70km northeast of Adelaide.

In a nutshell: The Barossa is Australia’s most famous wine region and should be on the bucket list of every vino lover. Comprising two distinct sub-areas – the Barossa and Eden valleys – it’s crammed with some of the biggest names in the game. To be disappointed by cellar-door hopping here is to be impossible to please.

Signature varieties: Shiraz in Barossa Valley, riesling in Eden Valley.

Key Barossa wineries: Chateau Tanunda, Jacob’s Creek, Seppeltsfield, Peter Lehmann, Grant Burge, etc, etc.

Book now: BIG4 Barossa Tourist Park.

The Barossa needs no introduction. But we've given you one anyway. Credit: Josie Withers.

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Granite Belt wine region, QLD

Where is it: 220km southwest of Brisbane.

In a nutshell: The Granite Belt is regarded as QLD’s premier wine region and is positioned among spectacular rural landscapes. As well as being a pronounced cool-climate grape-growing district, it’s highly regarded for a wide variety of local produce that pleases most palates.

Signature varieties: Shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay.

Key Granite Belt wineries: Tobin, Heritage Estate, Savina Lane, Ballandean Estate, Symphony Hill.

The Granite Belt is QLD's premier wine region. Location: Ballandean Estate. Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.

Margaret River wine region, WA

Where is it: 270km south of Perth.

In a nutshell: With a reputation of Australia’s fine wine capital, the Margaret River is firmly entrenched on the map. Joining the cellar doors is a generous assortment of microbreweries. And Mother Nature was generous to this area, too. Stunning coastline and beaches, towering forests, caves, and so much more make this a region truly enchanting.

Note: In early October, Jetstar announced a new route direct from Melbourne to Busselton, so it’s even easier to access for eastern state visitors.

Signature varieties: Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, semillon.

Key Margaret River wineries: Vasse Felix, Leeuwin Estate, Voyager Estate, Jarvis Estate.

Book now: BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River or BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park, Busselton.

The Margaret River deserves its many accolades. Location: Wills Domain. Credit: Tourism Western Australia.

Coal River Valley wine region, TAS

Where is it: 25km east of Hobart.

In a nutshell: How this cool-climate district avoids a larger slice of the spotlight is a mystery. So easily reached from Hobart and centred around the charming historical town of Richmond, Coal River Valley is dotted with charming boutique wineries.

Signature varieties: Pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling.

Key Coal River Valley wineries: Frogmore Creek, Pooley, Puddleduck, Nocton.

Book now: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

With views like this, Coal River Valley is a must-visit. Location: Frogmore Creek.

Langhorne Creek wine region, SA

Where is it: 65km southeast of Adelaide.

In a nutshell: While often overshadowed by the likes of the Barossa and McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek thoroughly deserves its place in the spotlight. This historical grape-growing area is nestled on the Fleurieu Peninsula and its cluster of largely family-owned wineries help create intimate cellar-door experiences.

Signature varieties: Cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, malbec.

Key Langhorne Creek wineries: Lake Breeze, Bremerton, Bleasdale.

Book now: BIG4 The Bend Holiday Park or BIG4 Port Elliot Holiday Park.

It's an intimate experience at Langhorne Creek. Location: Lake Breeze Wines. Credit: Robyn Follett

Rutherglen wine region, VIC

Where is it: 295km northeast of Melbourne.

In a nutshell: Situated near the Murray River, Rutherglen is a gorgeous area regarded as Australia’s capital of fortified wines. It’s another region with an extensive wine-making past, in this case dating back to the 1850s. In fact, many of its winemakers are continuing a family craft that has existed for several generations.

Signature varieties: Muscat, topaque, and robust reds led by shiraz.

Key Rutherglen wineries: Campbells, Rutherglen Estates, Pfeiffer.

Note: Visit in early June for the famed Rutherglen Winery Walkabout weekend.

Book now: BIG4 Borderland Wodonga, BIG4 Albury Tourist Park, or BIG4 NRMA Yarrawonga Mulwala Holiday Park.

Rutherglen has earned the tag of Australia’s fortified wines capital. Location: Campbells Wines.

Isn’t it time you had a grape escape? Book your next BIG4 break now.

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