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Best Wineries for a Winter Escape


Winter is a great time to visit Australia’s wine regions, admire the vines, meet the winemakers, and be the first to taste some brand new releases. What could be better than enjoying a glass of bold Shiraz in a cozy cellar door on a cold Winter’s day, many scattered throughout all the wine regions. From big-name wineries to boutique beauties hidden down country back roads, wineries offer a range of fun activities, from bike tours, wine and chocolate tastings and of course stunning restaurants from casual to fine dining.

In addition to those featured below, see our full list of restaurants and bars associated with wineries to plan your own getaway. 

  • Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant

    Pokolbin, Hunter Valley and Newcastle, New South Wales

    Perched high on a hill in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country, Bimbadgen is a striking winery and vineyard encompassing an expansive Cellar Door, Esca Bimbadgen restaurant, cafe, modern tasting rooms and accommodation. Walk through the open plan winemaking facility with viewing platforms across the winery operations. Visit the Cellar Door to taste some of their award winning wines simply relax with a glass of wine and a wood fire pizza in the Courtyard Cafe

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  • The Zin House

    Mudgee, Central West, New South Wales

    Lowe Wines is a certified organic and biodynamic vineyard, winery and farm in Mudgee in NSW’s Central West. Their restaurant Zin House headed by Chef Kim Currie, specialises in set menu long lunches within a modern farmhouse setting. This is a country food and wine experience not to be missed.

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  • Isabella's Restaurant @ Rochford Wines

    Coldstream, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

    Rochford Estate in the Yarra Valley has an experience to suit every visitor. From fine dining in Isabella's Restaurant with perfectly matched wine and the freshest of seasonal creations, to traditional woodfired pizza and exciting pasta combinations in il Vigneto Pizzeria. Uncover the stories behind the wines at the Rochford Cellar Door with their dedicated team of sommeliers who can tailor the perfect wine tasting experience to suit

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  • Jack Rabbit Vineyard

    Bellarine, Geelong and The Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria

    Jack Rabbit Vineyard winery has a reputation as a gastronomic showpiece for the Bellarine Peninsula alongside a stable of multi award-winning sophisticated cool climate wines.. Delight in Jack Rabbit Vineyard’s rich, diverse stable of sophisticated cool climate wines. Their stunning à la carte menu, features an abundance of local produce, For those opting for a more casual dining experience, the spectacular ‘House of Jack Rabbit’ cellar door and tasting room serves up a terrific café style menu

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  • RidgeView Restaurant

    Pokolbin, Hunter Valley and Newcastle, New South Wales

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  • Home Hill Winery Restaurant

    Ranelagh, Hobart and Surrounds, Tasmania

    Home Hill Winery Restaurant is situated in the beautiful Huon Valley a short scenic 30 minute drive from Hobart. Cool climate wines are available for tasting in their rammed earth cellar door and the views from the restaurant are stunning, overlooking the perfect manicured vineyard

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  • The Lane Vineyard Restaurant

    Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

    The Lane Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills personifies rural Australia yet is a mere stone’s throw from Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills. Wine-makers are a passionate bunch and love to share their knowledge and experience with others. Wineries like The Lane even offer the opportunity to blend your own wine firsthand. Beyond the vineyards and wines, The Lane Vineyard is home to an acclaimed contemporary restaurant and tasting room, providing visitors with an unique experience.

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  • Leeuwin Estate

    Margaret River, Margaret River and South West, Western Australia

    Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River offers a sensory immersion experience pairing art with wine. With sweeping verandahs, the Leeuwin restaurant overlooks a meadow surrounded by a forest of majestic karri trees. The Leeuwin Wine Room, is available for private dining group bookings. Leeuwin features an award-winning restaurant, cellar door and art gallery

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  • The Cups Estate Restaurant

    Fingal, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

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  • Domaine Chandon

    Coldstream, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

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