Australian wines are now well-established around the world. They compete for space on the racks of bars and restaurants and household tables with the best from Europe. It has taken a little while but the vintners and vineyards from Sydney to Perth have a world-wide base of loyal tipplers. Some of these wine producers have a history going back 150 years and more.
Now that it’s spring down under hop on to one our comfortable air-conditioned coaches and come along with isango! Get on a tour of some of Australia’s popular wine-making regions. While on them you can pleasure your palette with the heavenly nectar of the grape.
The wonderfully lush green and picturesque countryside of Hunter Valley is just a two hour drive north from Sydney. This is the oldest wine making region in Australia and home to more than 80 wineries including such renowned names as Lindemans, McWilliams, Rothbury, Hardy’s, Wyndham Estate and McGuigan. There are also several independent family-owned boutique wine makers like Tyrells and Draytons.
This tour not only takes you through picturesque Hunter Valley but also gets you a-behind-the-scenes view of wine making. Since it is spring you will get the added visual pleasure of seeing the ‘budburst’ on the vines.
Your expedition will involve 3 to 5 wine tastings and you will sample up to 30 delicious premium wines. You will also sit down to a gourmet lunch at one of Hunter Valley’s best restaurants. The meal will feature fresh local grown produce. Post lunch you will have a chance to indulge in postprandial snooze under a shady tree.
Swan Valley is the oldest wine producing area of Western Australia. It is just a 25 minute drive from Perth city centre but you cannot do that. You simply have to take the cruise up the Swan River on a wine tasting tour. The tour incorporates the best of all worlds – a gentle cruise on a beautiful river, stunning scenery, plenty of fine wine and delicious food.
Many of the wineries are award winners, producing a wide range of speciality whites, full-bodied reds and some of the world’s finest fortified wines. This tour focuses on one of the best known and finest wine makers in Australia – Sandalford Wine Estate. The house is one of the oldest and largest family owned winemakers.
You get to see how they conjure up their liquid magic in a behind-the-scenes tour. This is followed by a tasting of 6 varieties of their finest premium wines. While sipping, choose your favourite wine to accompany your sumptuous two course lunch. Fresh bread rolls, roasted free range chicken and Mediterranean salsa are just some of the treats on your lunch menu.
The Swan Valley Cruise and Wine Tasting is a very memorable experience. You may want to repeat it.
The Barossa Valley lies 60km Northeast of Adelaide. It is a premier wine producing region of Australia. This picturesque valley is distinguished by the vast acreage of vineyards. It is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions and started by German settlers.
It is famous for excellent red Shiraz and other varieties such as Reisling, Semillon, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon and several fortified wines. It is also renowned for its over 80 Cellar doors and 160 wineries. Some are still owned and run by the original families. It is also famed for its food, cultural experience and the biennial Barossa Valley Vintage Festival.
A Barossa Valley wine tasting tour is a must and the isango! tour covers five of the best world renowned names including the Wolf Blass, TeAro Estate, Kellermeister, Pindarie and Saltram Wine Estate. The tour also includes a delicious gourmet lunch at the Wolf Blass Visitor Centre with wonderful views of the spectacular Barossa Ranges.
This is a perfect tour for wine enthusiasts.
Just an hour from Melbourne is the wine-producing region of the Yarra Valley. The entire area is pristine, dominated by gorgeous views and stunning mountains. It has renowned reputation as one of the world’s great wine and food regions. The Yarra Valley has a relatively cool climate allowing for the production of excellent Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.
Our tour is a special, guided one with an expert accompanying you to three top wineries – Yering Station, Yering Farm and Balgownie Estate. You will learn how to swirl, sniff, slurp and then taste a wine. You will also find out how they put the ‘bubbly’ into sparkling wines – and sample them as well.
In the Yarra Valley many of the wineries have world-class restaurants attached and Balgownie Estate is no different. At the tasting you can make your wine selection and have it with an à la carte lunch at the restaurant.
Your tour ends on a brilliant note with a visit to Domaine Chandon, who are the Australian producers for Moet & Chandon, the French Champagne company. They also produce fine quality sparkling and cool-climate wines.
It has been only 45 years since viticulture began in the Margaret Valley. Yet its superb weather and other growing conditions have seen it become one of the great wine regions of the world. The wines from here sit right next to the finest in the world.
Margaret Valley is conducive to producing Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet blends from here are valued because of their fruity and multi-layered flavours. Many other varieties including Shiraz, Semillon blancs, Sangioves, Merlot, Verdelho and Viogniers are produced too.
Our Margaret Valley Wine Tours leave from Perth and visit four of the world’s best wineries. Also part of the pleasurable experience is a two-course gourmet lunch at the Voyager Estate plus a barrel room wine-tasting session at Moss wood.
The superb wine tasting tour ends with a thoroughly sinful flourish. You stop off at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory where you can indulge yourself in rich chocolate. The tour is a wonderful experience for the connoisseur and the novice.