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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Wine Hotels in Australia
All our wine region collections:
- Margaret River Wine Hotels
- Swan Valley Wine Hotels
- Barossa Valley Wine Hotels
- McLaren Vale Wine Hotels
- Yarra Valley Wine Hotels
- Hunter Valley Wine Hotels
- Mornington Peninsula Wine Hotels
Looking for a wine hotel in Australia is a joy as every state produces wines, although the majority of wineries are to be found in the south-east: New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Whatever your taste - whether a Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, a Hunter Valley Semillon, a Barossa Valley Shiraz or a Yarra Valley Chardonnay - use our guide to the best wine hotels in Australia to help plan your visit.
One of the leaders of the ‘New World’ wine industry, Australia benefits from its sheer size and its southerly latitude. This means that it possesses virtually every vine-growing climactic condition and, as a result, can boast a full portfolio of wines, from aromatic Rieslings to full-bodied Shiraz, sparkling wines to complex dessert wines.
Tucked in Australia’s south-eastern corner, New South Wales may be small, but it is also the country’s most populous state. And its wine production - of which Hunter Valley is the leading area - is only second to the country’s leading state, South Australia. Chardonnay and Semillon are Hunter Valley’s prime wines.
- With views over vineyards, Hunter Valley Cooperage is a charming B&B with crisp, modern rooms and very helpful owners who can help plan visits to the local wineries.
- Also with a private vineyard on the doorstep, Spicer’s Vineyards Estate is a luxury option in the heart of the Hunter Valley. The 12 rooms are contemporary-chic in style with ensuite spa facilities and wood-burning fires.
The Barossa Valley, in South Australia, is home to some of the country’s oldest vineyards and most prestigious wineries. A mix of valley floors and rolling hills around the North Para River, it is most famous for its complex, full-bodied Shiraz wines.
- A hotel for foodies, The Louise boasts a restaurant widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest. In the heart of the Barossa Valley, its 15 contemporary style rooms - with private hot tubs and decking - gaze over the vineyards and have stunning sunset views.
- For a romantic treat, try Kingsford Homestead, a converted 19th-century lodge with just seven large, luxury suites. Elegant and contemporary country-house in style, some have private terraces.
McLaren Vale is 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Adelaide, South Australia’s state capital, and boasts some of Australia’s oldest vines, dating back to the early 19th century. Its Mediterranean-style climate means a wide variety of grape varieties, from Shiraz to Sauvignon Blanc, can be grown.
The region’s proximity to Adelaide also means that, when choosing a wine hotel in this part of Australia, you can be either city- or country-based.
- In the Adelaide Hills, Thorngrove Manor Hotel is a romantic escape with just five luxury rooms in a faux-Gothic mansion. Four-poster beds, lavish drapes, plasterwork ceilings and private terrace dining make this the ultimate luxury hideaway.
- By contrast, the colonial-style Franklin, in Adelaide’s central business district, has quirky and contemporary rooms with bold, dark colours, funky lighting and a relaxed brick-walled bar. Free bicycles for exploring, too.
Margaret River is the most famous wine region in Western Australia, tucked on a little promontory in the state’s cooler, south-western, coastal area. Hugging the coastline and known for its more European style of wine-making, it is often favourably compared with Bordeaux. The coastal location also, of course, means that if you’re looking for a wine hotel in Australia to combine with a beach holiday, Margaret River is a great choice.
- Overlooking the bay, Smiths Beach Resort has something for everyone, with both villas and self-catering apartments. Slick and modern in style, there’s also a spa and separate adult and children’s pools.
- For a bit of pampering, Cape Lodge is hard to beat. Not only is it set amongst its own vines and parkland, but its suites ooze contemporary country-house elegance and its restaurant boasts a 14,000-bottle wine cellar.
To the north-east of Perth - Western Australia’s state capital - Swan Valley is the oldest vine-growing area within the state. The area’s hot and sunny climate produces rich, full-bodied wines such as Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- On the eastern outskirts of Perth, overlooking the Swan River, the Metropol Perth is a large and striking, modern hotel with sleek, minimalist rooms. Many have balconies, plus there’s a spa and gym.
- If you prefer more flexibility, the Adina Apartment Hotel in Perth offers stylish and airy, modern apartments with bold colours and slick furnishings. There’s a gym and swimming pool, too.
Lying close to Victoria’s state capital of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is a deservedly popular wine destination. One of Australia’s oldest wine regions, its relatively cool climate means it can produce more complex wines than the typical Australian full-bodied varieties; most famous are its Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Because of its proximity to Melbourne, visitors looking for a wine hotel in Australia can choose between staying in the country or being in the heart of the city.
- You don’t get much closer to the vines than at Chateau Yering, a Victorian manor house on the Yarra Valley’s oldest vineyard. Its 32 suites are the epitome of country-house luxury with four-poster beds, antiques and lavish drapes. Seventy wineries are on the doorstep. After a day exploring, return to relax with a massage followed by dinner in its first-class restaurant.
- Crown Towers is a swanky hotel in Melbourne overlooking the Yarra River that will appeal to those looking for modern-hotel luxuries. As well as sleek rooms, a spa and roof-top tennis courts, there’s a glamorous bar plus designer shopping is close at hand.
An hour to the south of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula is Victoria’s other leading wine region, along with Yarra Valley. Like the latter, it, too, is famed for its elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines that can be produced by its cooler climate.
As the region sits between Port Phlilip Bay and Bass Strait, this gives a choice of Australian wine hotels: coast or city.
- You couldn’t get much closer to the sea than at Big Blue Backyard, three hideaway luxury cabins on St Andrews Beach. Built of local materials, and with a colourful safari or beach theme, each has a private deck where the owners serve romantic dinners. Discreet, attentive, very romantic.
- For stylish, fuss-free rooms - and great value - Melbourne’s Middle Park Hotel is hard to beat. The service is friendly, there’s excellent gastropub-style food in its restaurant while an open-air market (the largest in the southern hemisphere) and the Botanical Gardens are close by.
Australia is a huge country which needs time to explore. And, as every state produces wine, it can be hard to know where to start if exploring its wineries is your goal. Use our guide to the best wine hotels in Australia to help make your task easier as well as more pleasurable, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Hunter Valley Cooperage B&B 5 rooms from $184Pokolbin, New South Wales
Nestled in the Kelman vineyards, this B&B is full of charm. The owners Gay and Warren have fantastic inside knowledge of the area. Rooms are comfortable with fantastic views of the vineyards. Enjoy sunny breakfasts and a relaxing stay. Perfect for exploring The Hunter Valley.Wine tasting - Pokolbin & Rothbury Wineries. The property is surrounded by Hunter Valley VineyardsRemote - Off the beaten track.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Spicers Vineyards Estate 12 rooms from $315Pokolbin, New South Wales
Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley set in an eight acre vineyard. This estate has 12 luxurious rooms, with ensuite spa and wood-burning fireplaces. Private spaces for relaxation or take advantage of the activities on offer. The restaurant focuses on seasonal dishes and award winning wines.Wine tasting - Wine Tours can be arrangedFull of character - Vineyard with Wine CallerRestrictions on children - No childrenViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Louise 15 rooms from $347South Australia
Situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley, this luxury hotel offers large rooms with spa baths and outdoor rainshowers, plus glorious views over the surrounding vines. Appellation Restaurant is widely regarded as one of Australia's finest and the wine list is second to none!Wine tasting - In the heart of the Barossa Valley wine regionPrivate Hot Tub - Plus outdoor rain showersRestrictions on children - Must be 12 or overLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Kingsford Homestead 7 rooms from $556South Australia
This stunning 19th century homestead has been converted into a luxurious hotel with seven exquisite ensuite rooms on the edge of the Barossa Valley. Facilities include a swimming pool and restaurant specialising in local ingredients. Try the bush bath for the ultimate romantic experience.Sights nearby - Explore historic shearing shedsRestrictions on children - Must be 13 or overSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Thorngrove Manor Hotel 5 rooms from $596Adelaide (Stirling)
Set away from the city in the Adelaide Hills, this luxury small hotel has only five dreamy rooms. Privacy is of paramount importance, with the promise that you may not even see another guest. Perfect for a romantic getaway.Sights nearby - Adelaide CBD only 20 mins by carOutstanding location - In the Adelaide HillsOpulentHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors
The Franklin 7 rooms from $99Adelaide (CBD)
Quirky and charming boutique hotel in Adelaide's CBD offering seven tastefully decorated rooms with unique original artwork. Free bicycles on offer are a great way to see the city.Sights nearby - Central location in the CBD, within walking distance of main shopping district and Adelaide ZooFull of character
Smiths Beach Resort 55 rooms from $187Margaret River (Yallingup)
Nestled along the lush tropical coastland at Yallingup, the resort offers rooms with private dining verandas and barbeques, as well as self-catering apartments. Family friendly with separate adult and kid swimming pools. For beach lovers.Families - Flexible accommodation is perfect for families - beach villas have up to four bedroomsSwimming Pool - Separate kid and adult unheated outdoor poolsRemote - Off the beaten track.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Cape Lodge 22 rooms from $249Margaret River
Set in the Margaret River region amid its own vines, this luxury lodge caters to every need. Traditional rooms ooze elegance and have glorious views over the gardens and lake. Surf, hike, cycle, swim and learn to cook in these beautiful surroundings. A luxury base for exploring the region.Swimming Pool - Free form outdoor poolRestrictions on children - Must be 8 or overRomantic - Good for couples.Cooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - I Escape, Fodors, Tablet
Metropol Perth 405 rooms from $184Perth
With magnificent views over the River Swan, this hotel offers luxe rooms with spa baths. Contemporary and minimalist decor inside makes for a clean and stylish finish.SpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Adina Apartment Hotel 138 rooms from $136Perth
Self-cater in style with these apartment suites kitted out in the best modern amenities including kitchen and laundry facilities. Adjoining suites available for groups and families, as well as a gym and swimming pool.Sights nearby - Ten minute walk to Barrack Street Ferry Terminal for trips to Freemantle and RottnestSwimming Pool - Outdoor, with BBQ facilities
Chateau Yering 32 rooms from $245Yarra Valley, Victoria
Five star luxury in heritage listed Victorian manor in the heart of wine region the Yarra Valley only one hour from Melbourne. Original features and antiques in rooms, extensive gardens and 24 hour room service.Outstanding location - Set on 250 acres, borders Yarra RiverSwimming Pool - 2 Outdoor seasonal poolFour poster beds - In Stable suitesGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Fodors
Crown Towers 482 rooms from $223Melbourne (Southbank)
Sleek and smart contemporary hotel situated on the banks of the Yarra. Fantastic facilities, including luxurious large rooms and two tennis courts on the rooftop garden, combine glamour and wellbeing.Sights nearby - Within walking distance of Federation Square and the Art CentreSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Big Blue Backyard from $373Victoria
Three family owned unique hideaways by St Andrews Beach. Star studded night sky, pure escapism. Each cabin comes with private deck, delicious crisp white cotton and spa bath. Fresh local food, home cooking and attentive service. Perfect for couples and romantic getaways.Rooms with balcony/terraceFull of characterLocal markets - Good for local colour.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Middle Park Hotel 25 rooms from $107Melbourne (Victoria)
A period building opposite the Albert Park Australian Grand Prix - a must for racing fans! Guests can enjoy meals in the Brasserie restaurant with a side of Ozzie charm. Rooms are decorated in a fuss free 'loft' style in greys and accent reds. Dramatic, dark tiled bathrooms feature roll top baths.Local markets - The largest open air market in the southern hemisphere The Queen Victoria Market houses an impressive array of goods.Great walks - Home to a variety of exotic flora and fauna take a wander through Melbourne's expansive Botanical Gardens.Lively - Hip and happening.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.