Time to go bush and drink wine

December 17, 2020
By Melissa Parker

I’m goin’ up the country, babe, don’t you wanna go?

I’m goin’ to some place where I’ve never been before

I’m going, I’m going where the water tastes like wine

We can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time

I’m gonna leave this city, got to get away

All this fussing and fighting, man, you know I sure can’t stay

Penned in 1968 and prophesying Australian sentiment 52 years later, the lyrics of Canned Heat couldn’t be more relevant. Now has never been a better time to leave the city, go bush and drink wine. Go forth people, raise a glass of excellent Australian wine and toast to resilience and putting 2020 firmly behind us at one of these iconic Australian cellar doors.

Wolf Blass Cellar Door

Open 10am-4.30pm six days a week (closed Tuesdays). Pictured above.

Explore the history of Wolfgang Blass’ winemaking legacy. Today, it’s an ultra-modern, state of the art facility, located on Sturt Highway, a picturesque 90 minutes’ drive north of Adelaide. Drop in to taste award-winning wines on the same spot where founder Wolfgang Blass AM set up his original winery or enjoy tailored wine experiences or a barista-made coffee with an assortment of cakes or a cheeseboard. Whatever your experience this is one iconic cellar door to visit.

For more information visit: https://www.wolfblass.com/en-au/visit/cellar-door.html

Penfolds Magill Estate

Open 7 days, 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door, fine dining Restaurant and Kitchen has glorious sweeping views over Penfolds’ first vineyard. Located just 8kms from Adelaide CBD in the sheltered haunches of the Mounty Lofty Ranges, Magill Estate is one of the world’s few urban single vineyards. There is plenty to experience from the Magill Estate Heritage Experience tasting tour where you get to immerse yourself in one of Australia’s oldest wineries to the Ultimate Penfold Experience that includes a private tour of the underground cellars and concludes with an exclusive tasting of Penfolds most coveted wines including Grange of course.

 For more information visit: https://www.penfolds.com/en-au/visit/magill-estate-cellar-door

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day hours: 11am-5pm)

The Wynns Cellar Door – located under those famous gables – is a cross between a funky wine bar and a fabulous old museum. Taste new releases and back vintages surrounded by fascinating historical artefacts and snippets of local lore. Shout your designated driver to an espresso while your group enjoys Wynns’ finest wines with a cheese platter on the front lawn.  

More info here: https://www.wynns.com.au/en-au/visit-us/cellar-door.html

The Wynns Cellar Door also offers a series of memorable experiences and tastings, including the ‘Make your own blend’ experience.  The first of its kind in Coonawarra, the Make Your Own Blend experience is interactive and fun. Who hasn’t wanted to be a winemaker for a day? It’s a fascinating and satisfying experience blending wine to suit your taste, and even more wonderful is you get to take the wine home in a personalised bottle.

A visit to Wynns Coonawarra Estate is also part of the Coonawarra Walking Trail – a great way to explore Coonawarra on foot. More info here: https://coonawarrawalkingtrail.com.au/about/

For more info on the Wynns experiences visit: Wynns Experiences | Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Wynns Coonawarra Photo: John Krüger

Voyager Estate

One of Margaret River’s most picturesque wineries with a striking cellar door modelled on the wineries of Stellenbosch in South Africa, Voyager Estate is one to experience. The Wine Room is offering seated tastings through wine flights including aged and limited release vintages, either self-guided or with a member of the team to answer your questions. Best of all, if you buy the wine, you get the tasting free. Counter tastings are also available with physical distancing guidelines in place. Delicious platters are on offer to pair with your wine of choice, or you can embrace the alfresco space and grab a rug and take your bottle out into the stunning manicured gardens of the estate for a picnic. In the restaurant, the chefs used the lockdown to invent a new menu, and the team at Voyager say the new dishes will knock your socks off.  

For more information visit: https://www.voyagerestate.com.au

Logan Wines

Open seven days from January 2 from 10 am. Pre-booking essential for tastings.

Logan’s beautiful award-winning Tasting Room is all glass and light and offers picturesque, uninterrupted views over Logan’s Mudgee vineyard and Apple Tree Flat.

If you are coming from Sydney Logan is the first winery you’ll see located just 15kms from Mudgee along the Castlereagh Highway.  Leaving Mudgee, Logan is your last wine stop for about 160 km which leaves no excuse not to settle in for one of Logan’s 60 minute guided and seated tasting experiences.  Make sure you book in advance though and don’t forget to throw in Catering Co.’s delicious Pumpkin & High Valley Feta tart (Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s only) or a locally-sourced cheese plate ($15 for an individual serve). Visit Logan’s online booking system to reserve your table, or for more information on Logan’s wine flights, tasting experience, groups sizes and how to book visit the events page.

Brown Brothers

Cellar Door and Restaurant open 7 days a week. Booking required for tastings.

Brown Brothers is the heart of the Milawa, one of Victoria’s leading food and wine regions, hand-crafting wine since 1889. Brown Brothers historic Cellar Door is the perfect place to wine and dine lazy afternoons away, and its restaurant is welcoming visitors back with an exciting new lunch menu from Chef, Bodee Price. Boasting seasonal produce and home-grown ingredients from their very own kitchen garden, Brown Brothers partners with local suppliers and celebrates the beauty of regional food and wine paired perfectly with Brown Brothers wine. If a simple tasting is what you seek, then make sure you book a seated tasting in the Cellar and grab a bottle to take home. One of the most exciting and unique offerings at Brown Brothers is the exclusive experimental wine tastings from their research winery known as the Kindergarten. Explore limited release and small-batch wines of exceptional quality for a memorable tasting with a difference.

For more information visit: https://www.brownbrothers.com.au/

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