Want to enjoy a weekend away and a delicious drop of wine without worrying about the nasties? We have you sorted with these top five places to sip and stay across Australia and New Zealand.
With the rise of sustainable agriculture, a number of wineries are converting to organic and biodynamic viticulture – good for the soil, grapes and quality of wine. In fact, Tourism Australia has recently announced this fast-growing industry as one of the top travel trends for 2019.
So, ‘wine’ not!?
Recommended places to ‘sip & stay’
Sip: Cullen Wines, WA – A beautiful granite and timber building set amongst the vineyard. The Margaret river wine region has a reputation as a home to fine wine since it produces 20% of Australia’s premium wine.
Stay: Comfort Inn Busselton River Resort, WA – Located on the banks of the Vasse River, just minutes from the town centre, approx. 30-minute drive to Cullen Wines.
Sip: Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery, Canberra – A cold vineyard and at 860m elevation, one of the highest plantings in the Canberra District. A vegan’s dream come true, this winery believes in producing wine through true sustainable methods.
Stay: Quality Hotel Dickson, Canberra – A premier entertainment destination in the city, the hotel has state-of-the-art gaming facilities. It is located in the heart of Dickson, approx. 25 minute drive to Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery.
Sip: Restdown Wines, Barham VIC – A multi-award winning agricultural haven and 1100 acre of certified organic beef farm, vineyard and winery. The Restdown wetland has collaborated with several environment research organisations.
Stay: Quality Hotel Sherbourne Terrace, VIC – Within walking distance to the CBD, approx. 1 hour 30 minute drive to Restdown Wines. Explore the historic town of Mooroopna and Kyabram Fauna Park when you stay in the city.
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Sip: Baileys of Glenrowan VIC – This certified organic vineyard, established in 1870, is set into the lower slopes of the Warby Ranges, and fringed by the Winton Wetlands to the west. Add these award winning Victorian wines to your bucket list.
Stay: Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, VIC – Located in Victoria’s North East, approx. 20 minute drive to Baileys. This family-owned hotel won the International Quality Hotel of the Year and their attention to guests’ needs is what makes them worthy winners.
Sip: Yealands Estate, Marlborough NZ – Situated on the wild and untamed coast of Marlborough with the ocean winds whipping through its vines. This three-time winner of Best of Wine Tourism has a vision to be a world-class producer of premier sustainable wine production.
Stay: Quality Hotel, Marlborough NZ – Boutique luxurious Blenheim accommodation, approx. 30 minute drive to Yealands Estate. Discover this little known region and its stunning coastal views.