5 best wine touring regions in Australia

Sure, an Australian red from your local LCBO is still rich and full-bodied, but nothing beats a first-hand taste of some of the world’s finest.

1. McLaren Vale, South Australia: Just south of Adelaide, take in both beautiful beaches and luscious wines. Current holder of the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy for the best one-year-old red. More than 60 cellar doors to knock on: http://www.mclarenvale.info

2. Barossa Valley, South Australia: Home to industry giants Wolf Blass and Penfold’s, this region produces Australia’s benchmark shiraz “Grand Hermitage.” 50 wineries to visit: http://www.barossa-region.org

3. Margaret River, Western Australia: Renowned for its premium reds and the rugged beauty of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge. Tempt your taste buds with 57 different wineries: http://www.margaretriver.com

4. Yarra Valley, Victoria: Easily accessible from Melbourne, this region’s cool climate produces Australia’s best whites, including Hardy’s Bastard Hill. You’ll need a few days with 47 wineries to visit: http://www.visityarravalley.com.au

5. Hunter Valley, New South Wales: With its first vines dating back to 1820, this region has a solid reputation for both its reds and whites. North of Sydney, with 50 wineries: http://www.winecountry.com.au

Julie Harrison, who was married in a Hardy Vineyard in 1997, toured McLaren Vale, Barossa and the Yarra last summer.

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The Ottawa Citizen
Sat Dec 30 2006
Page: J7
Section: Style Weekly: Travel
Byline: Julie Harrison
Source: Citizen Special