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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pokolbin, 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.
Pokolbin, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Margaret 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.
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.
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.
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.
Yarra 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.
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.
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.
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.