The Australian government released a $50 million fund for 2017 to 2022 to encourage the growth of wine exports.
The grant is also used to highlight the wine tourism in the country’s major markets. The government allocated the Export and Regional Wine Support Package under the management of Wine Australia. The organization is working with the country’s wine sector to ensure its success.
This is why going on wine tours in Australia is worth adding to your bucket for this year. If you have no idea where to start, here are several spots where you can enjoy the best wine tours that the Land Down Under has to offer.
New South Wales Wine Tours
In spite of the possible supply shortage of Australian wines due to high demand and seasonal constraints, you can still enjoy a memorable wine tour in most regions in the country. If your itinerary will only allow you to visit New South Wales, you can still take a short drive to Hunter Valley. It is known as the country’s oldest wine region. You only need to go on a two-hour drive from Sydney to reach the famous family-owned wineries that have been around since the 1800s.
If you choose to take a tour in this region, you will be able to enjoy exceptional red wine varieties. This includes Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Meanwhile, white wine enthusiasts will be treated to delicious bottles of Chardonnay and Verdelho in the middle of Hunter Valley’s vineyards.
South Australia Wine Tours
If this will be your first time to tour a wine region, then you must head to South Australia to get initiated. You can book a wine tasting master class at Barossa’s Jacob’s Creek to help your palate get used to the different tastes of wines that they offer.
You can also choose to enroll at the popular Barossa Wine School under the Artisans of Barossa for a two-hour wine tasting course. But if you are already a wine expert and want to sample some of the country’s up-and-coming wines, then a trip to the vineyards of the region is also perfect for you.
Western Australia Wine Tours
You can still have your fill of the best wines of Western Australia if you plan to have a trip somewhere in Perth. You can choose between the wineries in Margaret River or the vineyards of the Swan Valley. If you choose Margaret River, you will have the opportunity to taste the internationally-acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Those who will go to Swan Valley and tour any one of its 40 wineries will have a sip of the best Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Verdelho in the country.
A trip to any of the featured Australian wineries can be memorable if you know where to go. You can either plan a trip to these places on your own, or join a wine tour group offered by different travel agencies. It will also help if you check out the website of Tourism Australia to learn which wineries are worth your time.