The Australian wine industry is booming–forget the typical vino tipples of Southern France–the Australian produce is up there in terms of quality and taste. Australia is now the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year to the international market.
Although the country has no native grapes, extra care and attention goes into introducing varieties from abroad which get nurtured and acclimatized to the Australian way of life and prosper into some of the best wine in the world.
Wine tasting experiences are often extremely educational and enjoyable teaching you an appreciation of the effort that goes into the production of wine. Many vineyard owners will give talks and even supply lunches with foods especially chosen to complement the wine. You can purchase bottles and learn the best way to store your wine so that it retains its quality and drinkability.
Western Australia’s most famous wine region is considered to be Margaret River. With rolling landscapes covered in lush green forest it is the ideal place to grow grapes and produces 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine in the ideal cooler climate. This region has been blessed with near perfect growing conditions that have enabled Margaret River to quickly become recognised as one of the world’s great fine wine regions and is a location not to be missed if you are a wine lover in Australia, although as so many producers have gathered here you will be spoilt for choice!
Top Drop Tours are Margaret River’s small group and private wine tour specialists and have been recognised as the Best Wine Tour in Western Australia at the WA Tourism Awards in 2011 and 2012. Whatever your level of wine knowledge they will be able to cater for your wants and needs and create a truly award winning experience. Lap up their wine knowledge, ask them questions, taste the wine – a truly personal and memorable experience for wine lovers.
The Leeuwin Estate is also internationally renowned for producing some of the highest quality wines and is a destination not to be missed when in South West Australia. Offering vineyard tours which allow you to see the winemaking process, you can sample some of the award winning wines and enjoy specially designed menus in the restaurant that show off only the best local and seasonal culinary delights.
If you are in Southern Australia the Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains offer some suburb wineries and the home of the National Wine Centre. The centre again offers a view into the winemaking process, wine tasting opportunities, meals from seasonal a la carte menus and an overall cultural and eye opening experience in beautiful surroundings.
So make the most of the many vineyards in Australia and go wine tasting this season!