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Lovers of food and wine are spoilt for choice in Australia’s picturesque wine regions and Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia (UWEA) is a great place to start. UWEA is a hand-selected selection of Australia’s premium wineries offering memorable experiences featuring behind-the-scenes winery experiences and culinary excellence.
From garden foraging to food and wine matching, read on for six of the best culinary adventures in some of Australia’s most outstanding wineries.
Brokenwood Match and Dine, Brokenwood Wines, Hunter Valley NSW
Spend a memorable day in the Hunter Valley at Brokenwood Wines, where the expansive terrace takes in epic views over the vineyards. Savour a casual meal over shared plates, woodfired pizzas and sweets, or book the Brokenwood Match and Dine for a self-guided wine and food flight with a selection of six Brokenwood wines matched with bite-sized seasonal canapés, followed by your choice of main, side and dessert from the fine dining menu.
Food & Wine Adventure, Brown Brothers, Milawa VIC
Dine al-fresco at Brown Brother’s Restaurant in Milawa under an elegant umbrella, overlooking the vines. Share a feast of seasonal produce grown right here in the kitchen garden, or book a Food & Wine Adventure and discover the Brown Brothers’ rich history as pioneers of winemaking in Victoria, forage with the chefs in the garden, and enjoy a very special lunch, exclusive designed just for you.
Estate to Plate, Montalto, Mornington Peninsula VIC
Montalto’s kitchen garden is one of the oldest and largest in Australia, now spanning over three acres. Book the Estate to Plate experience for a guided exploration of the 75-acre estate including the wetlands and extensive outdoor sculpture collection. Delve into the kitchen gardens and learn how Montalto growers and chefs work together to maximise the natural bounty. The tour includes a guided tasting and multi-course lunch matched with award-winning wines.
Kitchen Garden Cooking Experience, St Hugo, Barossa Valley SA
Beginning with a glass of Champagne, take a walk through the St Hugo kitchen garden and select the produce for your lunch. Under the guidance of a St Hugo chef, develop your kitchen skills as you prepare lunch, asking the chef all those burning foodie questions along the way. Sit for lunch with the chef and feast on your culinary efforts, in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the Barossa Valley, accompanied by a selection of St Hugo wines. Click here to find out more.
Estate Tour and 7 Course Lunch, Voyager Estate, Margaret River WA
The adventure begins with a guided walk through the Voyager Estate vineyards, where you’ll learn about organic farming methods, essential to the distinctive Voyager Estate style. Next, head into the winery, tasting wine straight from the barrel and on to the cellar door where you’ll be guided through a selection of celebrated Margaret River varietals. Now you’ve worked up an appetite, move into the Top-5 WA Rated Restaurant for a 7-course wine-paired lunch, with each dish inspired by the wines while celebrating pristine local produce. Click here to find out more.
Vasse Felix Epicurean, Vasse Felix, Margaret River WA
Meet with the Vasse Felix winemaker as you explore this iconic winery and red barrel hall, before joining your host for a tasting of the Wine Collection. Then step into the world of food and wine matching, where you’ll gain insights into Margaret River’s local produce, and the philosophies that guide the Vasse Felix chefs in their creation of dishes to match with the region’s wines. Meet the chef and enjoy an unforgettable five course tasting menu, paired with wines. Finally select your choice of a bottle of Vasse Felix Premier wine to take away and share with your friends and family. Click here to find out more.
How to win a case of Brokenwood Wine
Here’s your chance to win a case (six bottles) of Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2019. The signature Chardonnay of Vasse Felix, made from a selection of Vasse Felix’s premier plots of powerful Chardonnay. Made in the modern Margaret River style of elegance, power and restraint, with the wild complexity which distinguishes Vasse Felix Chardonnay.
Comment below and tell us who would be your ideal companion to share a bottle of wine and good conversation. It could be a historical figure, a celebrity or someone you know, it’s up to you!
A winner will be chosen in early September 2022.
The competition closes on 31 August 2022.
Delia Smith – taught me how to cook many years ago, and as I still use her recipes today, inviting her to share a bottle of wine would be the ideal way of thanking her for providing such inspiration and chatting about our favourite recipes. And having seen her rather tipsy rant to her beloved Norwich City fans and the famous “Where are you? WHERE ARE YOU? Let’s be ‘avin you!”, the only issue would be whether one bottle was enough.
My ideal drinking companion for a wealth of stories and a good time would be the late actor Oliver Reed. One bottle would never be enough.
I would like to share a bottle of Australian wine with Gregory Blaxland, early Australian settler and explorer, who was credited with planting the first vines there, thus establishing the Australian wine industry. A blue plaque I saw on the outside of his family home in Fordwich, Kent piqued my interest in the family. Fordwich is not far from where I live, and the family estate in Newington, Kent, is also somewhere I know. The Blaxland family were friends of Sir Joseph Banks who convinced Gregory and his older brother, John, to take advantage of a generous settlement scheme set up by the British government so they sold up in England and in1805 Gregory set sail for Australia where he was given land to farm. In 1813, realising he did not have enough land in the allocated coastal region to support all his sheep and cattle he led an expedition across the Blue Mountains which ultimately opened up the interior. By 1820 he had established a farm where he planted vines brought from the Cape of Good Hope. Although he was unpopular with those in authority in Australia for being too interested in his own personal gain I would like to hear his side of the fascinating story. I understand there are places in Australia called Fordwich, Newington and Blaxland – and also Blaxland Estate wines.
I would like to share my wine with Dervla Murphy who inspired me to travel and delighted me with her books.
SHARE IT!! you’re kidding. 😀😀 but if I have to, I’d love to share it with Alison Hammond, she’s so bubbly and giggly. Or Angel and Dick from Escape to the Chateau , they would have so many interesting tales to tell I’m sure we could get through all 6 bottles in no time.😀😀
My cousin in Esperance who took us down the Margaret River as part of our holiday to Australia to meet our Australian relatives for the first time when we tasted your wonderful wines. She has since had a little girl who was born with a major heart defect and we would love to return and meet her x
I would share it with my ancestor Matthew Flinders who was the first person to map Australia the original of which is in the safe of the library in Sydney. ( which I am lucky enough to say I have seen first hand on a trip to Sydney a few years ago ) I would ask him about his adventures and times as he spent two years sailing around Australia as he mapped it. I have also visited Hunter Valley and can highly recommend a trip there
I would like to share a bottle of wine with
Simon Reeves. I love his programmes of his travels round the world and I think he would have a lot of stories to tell!! We might be there for one or two more bottles!!
I’d wish I share a bottle of this beautiful wine with my dad who passed away in 2011.
Simon Reeve – I find his travel documentaries inspiring and a real eye opener, seeing the country how it is really is , warts and all, father than through the eye of a tourist.
This would go down very well
I would share a bottle of wine with Jane McDonald as she could tell me stories of her travelling the world.
Would love to win this to sit in the garden with my closest friend and plan our holiday for next year
I’d love to share a bottle or two with Lyn Hughes, Founding Editor of the Wanderlust magazine.
Her articles and example have been my inspiration over many years now. As a fellow solo traveller, she encouraged me to take the road less travelled and to live life to the full.