Australian Wine Tasting
A Road Trip Worth Toasting

Do you like wine? Have you ever wanted to go to Australia?

An Australian wine tasting road trip could be a great travel hook.

Australia is a big exciting country. There is so much to do that a tourist could be overwhelmed... you need a focus. Other visits we concentrated on seeing Australia's cities or natural wonders.

We've been birding and snorkeling and diving, but for this visit wine tasting was the hook.

Wine bottles in Australian Cellar Door Wines for tasting Henschke Cellar Door Australia Cabernet Grapes Pyrenees Wine Region Australia

Wine tasting in Australia couldn't be easier, the biggest problem is choosing an area to concentrate on. There are about 60 wine producing regions throughout Australia.

We concentrated in the southwest part of Australia where the wineries are likewise the most concentrated. We made it a long road trip... something you'll need about a month for, but it's a great way to see the country.

Be warned, some of the Australian road signs will tempt you to linger and watch for all that great Australian wildlife... and that will make you're trip longer and even more fun!

Australian Wine Route road to Barossa For wine tasting look for the Cellar Door

In California, we look for Tasting Rooms when we visit wineries. In Australia, wine tasting rooms are called Cellar Doors... they are open and welcoming in all of the wine regions we visited.

Cellar Door-Seven Hill Winery-Clare Valley-Australia Cellar Door-Taltarni Winery-Pyrenees-Australia Cellar Door-Bleasdale Winery-Langhorne Creek-Australia

Our Australian Wine Tasting Road Trip

We started in South Australia and drove in a semi-circle around Adelaide visiting the most famous wine regions around there....the Clare Valley, the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McClaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra.

We tasted and toured our way through Victoria and Tasmania....

...Visiting old travel friends and friends at Taltarni Winery in the little town of Moonambel in the Pyrenees.

We ended our wine tasting road trip in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

There are wine producing regions all over Australia.

A friend we visited in Canberra served us some wine from her home state of Queensland... a very nice Rimfire Shiraz. Wine in the tropics? Yep... And we hope to get there on our next Australian wine tasting trip.

Things to Know for YOUR Australian Wine Tasting Trip

Remember that you'll be driving on the left.

You also need to remember that the legal limit for blood alcohol level in Australia is 0.05. Some of the bigger wineries have breathalyzers on hand so you can make sure you're legal to drive. Many have dining rooms or delis attached so you can get something to eat... and they all will encourage you to drink lots of water.

Most tastings are free, and they open almost everything they produce, so you have to be judicious and careful!

Breathalyzer check for wine tasting safety

More than Australian Wine Tasting

We tasted at 45 wineries in 10 wine producing regions, but we didn't spend all of our time at wineries. In Victor Harbor we enjoyed the great sea views from our funky historic hotel, visited a penguin colony, and rode on a horse drawn tram over the bay.

Wine with a sea view Victor Harbor Victor Harbor has penguins Horse drawn tram Victor Harbor Australia

We did some birdwatching in Coorong National Park then after driving through a sea of grapes in Padthaway, we stopped in Naracoorte. There we visited caves with the remains of giant prehistoric kangaroos and saw a few modern day skippies along side the road.

Sea of Grapevines Padthaway Wine Region Australia Prehistoric kangaroo Naracoorte Caves A live Skippy kangaroo at Naracoorte Caves

We hiked in the Grampians, and explored Tasmania. We ended the whole trip with three days at Uluru (or Ayers Rock)... and celebrated with some Australian sparkling wine. It's a great trip... see Australia your own way, by all means, but whether you're real wine aficionados like we are or you just would like to try one or two... Australian wine tasting is fun and easy.

Wine at Uluru-Ayers Rock

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it!   Judy and Mark

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