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Wine lovers would certainly be excited when travel to Australia. There are so many well know award winning vineyards in the region. It is even more perfect for Wine & Dine Experience in Australia 2022 that you can dine on the spot, enjoying the view, weather and sipping variety of tasting platter along the time.

I am sure many of you wine lovers are pretty much expose to new world wine especially those wine from Australia. Not only that, as wine and dine had becoming big in the past few years where vineyard operator is attracting great talents to join their industry expansion to give wine lovers more options by spending more time and enjoy the nature of surroundings.

I have been enjoying a lot of wines from Australia on my last visit along with dropping by some of the vineyard that I like, which is also I miss out such road trip journey during my study time.

Since we are able to fly right now, we can certainly explore further with Sedunia Travel on their Australia destination for both Free and Easy or planned trip.

Lets start off with Melbourne, the place where I spend 3 years there during my University days. No doubt, in this region, there are a few famous vineyard that produces pretty awesome wine depending on which area.

Lets breakdown Vineyard region in Melbourne are as below:

  1. Yarra Valley
  2. Mornington Peninsular
    1. Paringa estate
  3. Grampians
  4. Ballarat

Yarra Valley in VIctoria is one of the famous region that produce quite good wines with some that I have visited in the pass. Of course there are a few which is currently quite well known among food hungers are like :

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Ezard at Lavente hills is famous as wine and dine locations as they have pretty awesome view, with wooden industrial interior that attracted many people around the region. It is a all-day bistro, and you can opt in for their five- or eight-course degustation menus. If you are up for their ultimate luxury experience, you can sign up for the helicopter transfer.

stable stones - wineregionaustraliaThe Stable Stones :is another restaurant that you would not want to miss. Vintage Victorian era interior with plants that surely will make your dining experience pleasant.  Instragarammer will definitely in love with every conner of picturous style. Ingredients are fresh and focus with robust flavours.  

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Yeering Stations is also another of my favourite vineyard in the area. In love with the classic red brick architecture which feels pleasant and relaxing. Slowly strolling around the area is indeed a perfect place to be during autumm or spring.

In their current offerings, they have 2-3 cours menu available. If not then you can enjoy at their celler with their tasting flights. I am in for their limited edition wine which is only available in their vineyard.

Other well known restaurant dining:

  1. Fondata since 1872 : Classic Italian with wood fire
  2. Bianchet is a French-styled bistro that offers bold flavours

Other famous vineyard to visit

  1. Domaine Chandon
  2. Helen & Joey
  3. Hubert estate
  4. De bortoli since 1928 – with Noble One Wine Winner
  5. TaraWara Estate

South Australian Wine

Lets move to another famous region for wine which the produce and brands is no stranger to many of us.

Sits in Adelaide or known as the South Australian wine region is The Barossa Valley.  One of a world class region that produces Australias most award-winning wine. They are also known as one of the wine capital in the world that just sits 20 mins away from Adelaide town. Dividing them into 2 region is Barrosa Valley & Adelaide Hills.

The first nearest to the city will be Penfolds Magil Estate.

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Next one of my favourite wine from its produce of white for 2019/2020 is Jacobs Creek Vineyard also at Barossa Valley wine and dine at their Our Table Restaurant.

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Other than the 2 famous wine brands that most of you are familiar with then for wine and dine in Adelaide, you can drive to Seppeltfields .  Offering one of the best wine and dine with perfect view that overlook the entire vineyard. Menu design is base on “Discovery Experience” which is actually base on seasonal ingredients.

 

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Another in the list would be Coriole Vineyards and Gather Restaurant is one of the best restaurant in Mclaren Vale, famous for their winter produce ingredients. Offering 5-7 course tasting menu

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Maybe if you are in for something adventurous then  might want to consider this latest hype in the region is this D’Arenberg is one of the coolest and most modern Mclaren Vale wineries with food. Greeted with its entry of huge rubic cube which is also their wine tasting area. With an option of different dining experience from outdoor to indoor seating. The Cube is actually part museum, part wine/food tasting, and part video/sensory experiences

For Vineyard experience and some of it are award wining vineyard.

  1. Langmeil winery
  2. Torbreck
  3. Yalumba – Barossa Valley

NSW

Lets move up north which is the capital city of the country. Sydney / Canberra is know as a region of (New South Wales – NSW)

Little did I know that they are actually the birth place of Australian wine – the world-famous Hunter Valley is one of country’s oldest wine producing regions with vines first planted in the area as early as the 1820s.

There are a few Restaurants that is considerably worth to explore are :

Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant

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One of the Hunter Valley’s most popular restaurant at one of the most sought after vineyards is Esca at Bimbadgen Winery. Love the architecturally from its vineyard entrance to the restaurant that filled with large glass windows. Enjoying wine and overlooking the vineyards. Esca is offering refined modern European and Australian inspired meals.

 

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Moving to NSW Central West is one of a vineyard that is worth to explore. Putting biodamic and organic approach into its dining experience is a worthy place to be in the list with its offering of country food and wine experience . A place filled with Luxury offerings of its natural surrounds and with its famous sunset view is, The Zin House in Mudgee. A menu of back to basic classics that are all about the quality and sustainability.,

Centennial Vineyards Restaurant is located only a stone’s throw away from the township of Bowral in NSW’s scenic Southern Highlands. Putting its local best fresh produce with modern approach to the table while pair with their award winning wines. The vineyard has produced many award-winning wines and is full of country character and charm.

Cupitts Winery

 

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Looking to take a break from your city live, then can head to Cupitts Kitchen as they are home of one of the best long lunches on the South Coast, or opt in a night in the vineyard, a country style stay while enjoying its modern English-French Cuisine from Cupitts Kitchen at Cupitts Winery in the seaside township of Ulladulla.

Other vineyard in the region:

  1. Dryridge estate – Blue Moutain
  2. Audrey Wilkinson – hunter valley, NSW

Canberra :

  1. Clonakilla
  2. Mount Majura

Perth : (WA)

Let swing to the other side of the region. Perth. A region that is also produces amazing wine especially my personal favourite region is Margaret River. It is also divided into 2 region as I know.

To enjoy great wine and nearest to the city of Perth is Swan Valley. Discover that chef of Rohan Park’s is nominated one of the best new chef 2023 at its helm at Old Youngs Kitchen is the latest hype that you must dine if you are in the area. Operating just right next to Old Young’s Distillery. Chef is working with  native Australian ingredients to create a tight selection of contemporary share-style dishes.

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Another Vineyard restaurant that is a worthy visit is this Sandalford Bar and Restaurant with dishes crossed between modern Australian and Euriopean that sits in one of the best winery produces is Sandalford Winery as a wine maker more than 180 years old.

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Vasse Felix is one of the olders vineyards in Margaret reviver that started since 1967. With their kitchen is helm by Chef Brendan Pratt. Putting onto table with Australian fare with Japanese technique which is pretty unique along serving with its unique beautiful pottery from local master potter Ian Beniston.tripadvisor.au2

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Leeuwin Estate is know for its art series wine with its alfresco dining that overlooking the entire vineyard, that is lead by Chef Dan Gedge that focos on local and regional delicacies.

Other vineyard to visit.

  1. Swan Valley
    1. Lancaster Wine
  1. Margaret River
    1. Cape Mentelle

Tasmania

Lets set our wings and move all the way down south to the coldest island in Australia which is Tasmania :

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One of a highly recommended restaurant is in this island this Josef Chromy cellar door and restaurant. Sitting on the top of the hill that ovelrook stunning vine-clad hills, using local ingredients to pair with its wine.

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As for Tasmania’s most awarded wines, Frogmore Creek makes the most of its cool climate location and picturesque views. Dine alfresco on the balcony overlooking the paddocks and vines. Enjoying meanls from the kitchen with seasonal vegetables, freshly caught seafood and locally sourced meats.

Goaty Hill Wines

Marrying fine food with fine wine is a skill that the team at Goaty Hill Wines have mastered. Just something simple by nibbling and sipping through afternoon away on the lush grounds that make them one of the most in Tassie.. Featuring their local produce and especially cheeses are the best pairing with Goaty Hill wines.

Other vineyards that you can explore further:

  1. PuddleDuck Vineyard
  2. Pipers Brook – know as one of the best vinearies area

There are a few ways to plan your trip here or even if you are too lazy, you can engage Sedunia Travels to join their planned trip. From Free and easy to planned tours. Really depends your cup of tea, sightseeing, nature, adventure they have it all under one roof, or even flight bookings.

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If you have plans to go to Perth – check out the 5d4n Itinerary . 

As there are tons of cafe around in Melbourne and nearly all of them are pretty good. Oh well, I found there are some decents one that is worth to recommend and here are my personal top 10 cafe in Melbourne to visit when I was there last year Sept 2015.

  1. Industrial Beans at Fitztroy

My all time favorite is Industrial Beans, not only they are being nominated as one of the best from interior to food as they have seasonal menu changes and their single origin is perfect. One of the best to hunt for brunch and do prepare to queue.

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Location:
Industry Beans Cafe
3/62 Rose Street
FITZROY, VIC, 3065
(you can take tram 96 heading to East Brunswick that they do pass thru Fitzroy)

+61 3 9417 1034

Monday-Friday
7AM-4PM

Weekends
8AM-4PM

We don’t accept bookings but walk on in and we’ll get you seated.

2. Hortus x Seven Seeds

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Location:
Hortus x Seven Seeds
131–141 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

Phone:+61 3 9347 8664

Operating Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

3. Mork Chocolate Brew House at North Melbourne

For local chocolate, then I think you would not want to miss out this place. Newly establish that have gain attractions from many chocolate lovers. Worth to give it a try.

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Location:
Mörk Chocolate Brew House
150 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia
Phone:+61 3 9328 1386

Operating Hours:
Tue to Sat 8am–5pm
Sun 9am–5pm

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4. Dukes Coffee Roasters at Ross House

Well know by many office people around this area where you will encounter a long queue till outside just to do a take away coffee. Their coffee is robust in flavour where will suits heavy palate.

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Location:
Dukes at ross house
247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Operation hours:
Mon – Fri: 7am to 4:30pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm

Tel: +61 3 9417 5578

5. Market Lane Coffee at Queen Victoria Market

I was told by many of my friends to try out this coffee. Strong in character that certainly suits Asian taste bud, where aroma of it is strong yet not acidic.

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Location:
Market Lane Coffee @ Therry Street

109-111 Therry Street
Melbourne

Opening Hours

Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri to Sat 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mon to Thu 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

6. Chez Dre at South Melbourne

Well known for both their patisserie, coffee and brunch

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Rear of 285-287 Coventry Street
South Melbourne 3205

Phone:03 9690 2688
Email:[email protected]

7. Lux Bite

This is another rising star last year after Chef Bernard Chu whom is also a Malaysian appeared as one of a guest chef in Masterchef Australia 2015. His desserts are awesome.

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Location:
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38 Toorak Road
South Yarra

8. Barry at Northcote

Accidentally discover this place and found out that they are well known for their healty series brunch. Great coffee too.

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Barry
85 High St, Northcote
VIC 3070, Australia

Phone:+61 3 9481 7623

Hours: Open today · 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

9. Three Bags Full at Abbotsford

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Three Bags Full
60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford 3067

Tel: 03 9421 2732

Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

10. Top Paddock, St. Ali &  Baba Budan

Lastly, I have miss out 3 of these cafe where is also highly recommended by my friends there where they serve great coffee and their interior is the killer, with rustic and classic.

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Others that I have went like The Kettle Black, Seven Seeds, Sensory and a few other more, where I think its slightly overrated.

 

Among the vineyards that we visited today, Yering Station that located in the area of Yarra Valley is one of the highly recommended place to visit among the list from the 2 ladies that I have met. We save the best for the last where indeed this place throughly mesmerize us, with hits huge landscape.

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Yering Station was established in 1838 by the pioneering Ryrie brothers who adopted the Aboriginal name “Yering” for their new station. In 1996 the Rathbone family purchased the property drawn to its natural beauty, history and the great promise of its wines.

Today Yering Station is one of the jewels of the Yarra Valley region, attracting tourists and wine enthusiasts from around the globe. Recognised for its landmark winery/restaurant complex, the building sits harmoniously within the landscape of heritage architecture and the beautiful vineyards from which our winemakers craft award winning wines. (source from: yering.com)

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Upon entering, this place is divided into 2 sections where the main huge building is the posh dining area that have huge high glass window that over look its entire vineyard. More about the restaurant : click here

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After checking out the restaurant, which were rather impressive and our time is hanging in between where the restaurant is already closed for the day. So we head off to Yering Station where retail of wine and wine tasting is available here.

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I feel in love with their wine tasting area where it looks like conversion of a huge rustic warehouse with art pieces on the wall and tasting stations smack right in the middle.

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we start off with their tasting range.  .

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The range that we have tested and truly understand why this is the 2 ladies favourite. If you love dry and strong wine, Yering is definitely one of the brand to consider as they give you a punch in the mouth and I am liking it.

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In this last stations, we ended up grab a few bottles too before heading back and also got one of their limited edition wine that is nicely box up in wooden crates.

Its one of a wineyard that must visit, if you have limited time. Also to visit Yarra Valley, you can check them out – Winecompass

Location:

Yering Station
38 Melba Highway
Yarra Glen VIC 3775
Tel: 03 9730 0100
Operating Hours: 10am – 5pm

Was told by the 2 lady that Rochford Wines is identified as one of the iconic Australian “Day On the Green” music festivals where Rochford Winery is situated in one of the most stunning regions in Australia with breathtaking panoramic views of the Great Dividing Ranges that makes them one of a glory wineyard in Yarra Valley, Melbourne.

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The Winery showcases a restaurant, cafe and patio, cellar door, retail shop, wine club, art gallery and expansive natural amphitheatre and observation tower along with indoor and outdoor area that able to host a catering up to 7000 pax.

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They have pretty interesting items that are sold here where mostly are handmade items from folks around the area.

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So we begin our wine tasting and being hosted by this amazing friendly girl Millie that have huge passion in wine.

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This is Millie, that is nice and patient enough to explain nearly everything to us. Thank you. We bought 3 bottles back from her explanation, recommendations that suits to our palate. It was down to our favourite:

  1. 2012 Single Vineyard – Pinot Noir
  2. 2012 Single Wineyard – Cabernet Souvignon
  3. Sweet Wine – 2013 Late Harvest white

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For those who love dessert wine, this Rochford Muscat might suit your palate where it is too sweet for me.

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We enjoyed our time here and a place worth to visit.

Location:

Rochford Wines
878-880 Maroondah Highway
Coldstream VIC 3116
Operating Hours : 9am – 5pm

 

After checking out Rochford wineyard, we were rushing to final place and right opposite them got this new winery Levantine Hill Estate where just newly build as the tar road is still under construction for finishing touch and their exterior just capture our attention and we agreed that must visit before we leave.

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Indeed it is brand new as Ezard @ Levantine Hill is a new kid in the block where they just started operating lass than a week or two (it was mid Aug 2015 when I visited them)

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Right in front of the main entrance is their whole wine estate and they have another place that can host private event right at the mini hill top at the left that have a private house for the function.

In this wineyard, they are not only famous for their wine selection as they have estate-grown truffle.

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Love how the design of the place with its sleek curvy roof and spans of glass, with stunning, barrel-shaped tasting booths.

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Teage Ezard has taken his famed gourmet experience outside the city limits to offer locals and visitors to the Yarra Valley the perfect dining match to Levantine Hill’s critically acclaimed wines.

In amongst the stunning bucolic vineyard views, visitors can enjoy Levantine Hill wines matched to dishes inspired by the classic food styles of Europe, which Teage Ezard has enhanced with new flavours and combinations. (source from Levantinehill)

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Here you go on the menu and also the experience of it. We went for their Levantine Hill Exclusive Wine tasting at Aud 25. (if you purchase any bottle from the range, it will be waived.)

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Before it start, you will be given a wine tasting card to familiarise with the taste of it.

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He is indeed a superb guy. Make the whole tasting journey memorable and fun. We ended up buy back 3 bottles. AS the texture and taste is pretty good.

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We were lucky to make a quick stop here as we were making rounds around the wine yard around the area and still find that the dining experience here is much better. Too bad when we make a turn back here, they were closed.

vinyard:

  1. Yering Station
  2. Domaine Chandon

Food menu can check it out here.

Location:
882-886 Maroondah Hwy,
Coldstream VIC 3770, Australia

Phone:+61 3 8602 0850

Opening Hours:

Cellar Door:10am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday to Sunday
All Day Dining:10am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday to Sunday
Signature Restaurant:10am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday to Sunday

Starting my wine tour in Yarra Valley as time is pretty limited, I was highly introduce to visit this 3 wineyard from the 2 ladies at Tourist information center in the City. Of course Domaine Chandon is in my list to visit along with their recommendations is a plus to be top in the list.

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How I got to know about this brand is during my first wine tasting about a few months ago before I flow off to Melbourne on mid Aug 2015- Dan Buckle that was hosting the new range of Chandon for the lunch pairing. (click here)

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It was a bright sunny winter with temperature at 16 degree which is just perfect for a road trip.

At the entrance driving into the wineyard, is filled with with tress that are bold for winter season where you will reach a huge carpark after minutes driving into the property.

I got excited when walking towards their main entrance as love this classy  old English Classic house.

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As walking into their show room, you are greeted with all their product labels and history.

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and with your self discovery around the area, where it is a open tour, you can walk by yourself as it is filled with all the information you need at each station.

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I love this walkway where modern meet classic.

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At the far end right after the mini tour, you will reach their shop and also wine tasting session is also available at the bar.

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There is a minimal charges for wine tasting and the list is pretty interesting.

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For their restaurant, I am definately in for their seating nearby the window that overlook the wineyard.

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Sitting outside here with a glass of wine, and overlook the entire wineyard with cool breeze blowing is just relaxing. I do not mind to glue myself in this area for 2-3 hours.

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After finishing the whole experience, indeed it will be a great place for pre-wedding shoot or even host a wedding lunch here. Before we head off, we bought a few bottles back which is only available in this wineyard.

Indeed one of a few best wineyard to visit. You can visit their website for more info – Chandon

Location:
727 Maroondah Hwy,
Coldstream VIC 3770, Australia
Phone:+61 3 9738 9200

Hours:
Open Daily: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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