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October 2022 – Ultimate winery escapes: After Sunset

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A day trip to one of Australia’s picturesque wine regions is never long enough. Stay a while, soak up the serenity, and truly unwind in your very own vineyard paradise. From luxury glamping and quintessential cottages to eco-stays nestled amongst native bushlands, read on for the best places to stay among the vines at some of the country’s boutique, premium and legendary wineries.

Sirromet, Queensland

Located just 45 minutes from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Sirromet Winery’s state of the art facilities provide food and wine lovers with a variety of immersive experiences, set against breathtaking natural scenery overlooking Moreton Bay. Lush onsite glamping accommodation Sanctuary by Sirromet, is cradled by paperbark and giant scribbly gum trees, featuring luxurious tented glamping pavilion offering elegant comfort and style. Escape the everyday, re-connect with nature and experience everything the winery has to offer.

Mandoon Estate, WA

Located beside the magnificent Swan River just 30 minutes from Perth, Mandoon Estate has developed a reputation as one of the Swan Valley’s best wineries and most popular destinations. As well as the cellar door, Homestead Brewery and fine dining restaurant, Wild Swan, the estate also features luxury accommodation, The Colony, where 32 spacious, luxuriously appointed rooms and suites overlook a beautiful section of the Swan River and the property’s original verdelho vineyard, planted in 1895.

Audrey Wilkinson, NSW

The sandstone and timber building tips its hat to the history of the Audrey Wilkinson vineyard in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. The winery offers three self-contained guest cottages on the property. Mulberry Cottage is a spacious modern country house accommodates up to 4 couples or entire families. Oakdale Cottage is a three-bedroom guest house set high on the historic vineyard, while The Dairy Cottage is a two-bedroom, self-contained cottage featuring 360 degree views of the Hunter Valley and the magnificent Brokenback Ranges.

Moorilla at MONA, Tasmania

Moorilla at MONA offers a rare and exciting combination of wine, food, art, and luxury accommodation. Small quantities of boutique cool-climate wines are produced on the estate, which shares a site with the infamous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), housing Australia’s largest private art collection.

Stay in the high-tech and luxurious MONA Pavilions, each one named after Australian architects and artists. There’s an array of dining choices on site, from the French-inspired cuisine of The Source Restaurant, shared plates in the Moorilla Wine Bar and more casual MONA café.

Gemtree Wines, McLaren Vale SA

Gemtree is a family-owned winery, dedicated to producing organic and biodynamic wines, with a one-kilometre Gemtree Ecotrail meandering through regenerated natural bushland, offering an immersive connection to the surrounding land that inspires Gemtree’s guiding philosophies. Stay on the property in an off-grid, self-contained CABN, surrounded by breathtaking bushland, beneath towering ancient gums. Spend a summer evening watching the sunset in guilt free opulence as you relax in the outdoor bath, sunken into the deck, sipping Gemtree wine.

St Hugo, Barossa Valley SA

Located in the world-renowned Barossa Valley, the Home of St Hugo honours the visionary leader; Hugo Gramp who successfully built Gramp & Sons winery into an industry pillar, inspiring progress across future generations of the Gramp family. Situated within walking distance to the St Hugo wine lounge and fine dining restaurant, Jacob’s Estate Cottage offers stylish, contemporary accommodation for up to six people, with three bedrooms and two gorgeous bathrooms. The fully restored original 19th century Barossa settler’s cottage is surrounded wide verandas, beautiful gardens, and an alfresco dining area.

Pizzini Wines, Victoria

Family-owned Pizzini Wines in the King Valley wine region of Northeast Victoria specialises in the production of Italian wine varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Prosecco, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The Pizzini Vineyard Guesthouse is a charming two-bedroom guesthouse nestled in shady gardens adjacent to Pizzini Cellar Door and only two kilometres from Whitfield township. Rosetta’s Garden Guesthouse is a gorgeous 4 bedroom home situated opposite Pizzini Cellar Door. Simply meander to the cellar door for a wine tasting, behind-the-scenes experience or a delicious coffee and enjoy all that the King Valley has to offer.

Owned by the Pizzini family since 1995, the nearby Mountain View Hotel, set amongst beautiful established gardens, and surrounded by Jessie’s Creek, is known for its outstanding modern, European influenced culinary offering.

Dominique Portet, Yarra Valley VIC

Experience a slice of Bordeaux in the Yarra Valley, where award-winning Australian wines are crafted with a French sensibility. Set amongst rolling hills reminiscent of the French countryside, Dominique Portet is a young winery steeped in European history. Five minutes from the bustling village of Healesville, The House in the Vines has plenty of space for a large family or a group of friends, with six bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Enjoy easy access (even walking or biking) to some of the best wineries and restaurants the Yarra Valley has to offer and the rustic luxury of the house, including a fully equipped kitchen, a wood fire and plenty of books and games.

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Comment below and tell us which of these wineries featured in this article you would like to stay at and why.

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The competition closes on 31 October 2022.

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  1. My wife and I would love to stay at the Audrey Wilkinson vineyard in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. The countryside looks gorgeous, and it would be a dream to drink some of their fine wine as the sun sets over the cottage.

  2. It would be Sirromet for me! Last time I went to the Gold Coast my sister (and travelling companion) got ill and ended up in hospital for most of our holiday. I would love to take her back and toast her health now with great wine!

  3. I would love to go to the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard in Hunter Valley, N.S.W. as that would mean I would also be visiting my long-lost cousin Rose who lives in Waggawagga which, by Australian standards, is not so far away!! My family only found out about her 8 years ago when we she contacted us and we actually all met up in Sussex where my father was born. Our mutual grandfather was sent to Australia in disgrace in 1911 and we never knew anything about him.

  4. Moorilla at MONA, Tasmania
    Moorilla at MONA offers a rare and exciting combination of wine, food, art, and luxury accommodation – what a combination – what’s not to like! The place is small enough to care with serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk to the Earth but big enough to keep myself & my Family well & truly enthralled, delighted & entertained.

  5. I would love to win a stay at Gemtree wines in McClaren vale as coming to visit my daughter and family in Victor Harbor for Christmas and New Year from England.
    Looks a lovely area to stay with the countryside. Also producing organic wines as i am gluten free.
    It would make a lovely treat as not seen the family for 4 years because of Covid.

  6. Id love to visit Mandoon Estate, WA as I have family in Perth and we could make it a family affair.

  7. They say wine is for sharing…
    And who wouldn’t wish to share a glass of Italian wine from Pizzini Wines?

    So, this would be my choice as to where to stay. I have friends who live close to Melbourne – a former flat mate from Hong Kong whom I haven’t seen for many years, a cousin who lives in Melbourne who has just celebrated her 80th birthday and ex next door neighbours from the UK. None of these people know each other so it would be interesting to put them together.

    How wonderful it would be to meet up with people who have made such an impact on me. We have lifetimes of memories and shared experiences to reminisce about and I’m sure the presence of some quality wines would enhance our enjoyment – Rosetta’s Garden Guest house with its four guest rooms would suit us admirably!

    In the meantime were I to be fortunate to win a case of Australian Pizzini wines I would toast them over social media to many more years of friendship. Salut miei amici!

  8. I would love to stay at Moorilla at MONA, Tasmania. A beautiful part of Australia that is totally unspoilt and a pleasing climate. We also have friends who live in Tasmania.

  9. A tough choice but it would have to be the Mandoon Estate on the Swan River, Western Australia. My husband is a member of the Australasian Plant Society in the UK (as am I, although I know little about Australasian plants – I just go along for the visits!) and he has always wanted to go to Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth. Staying at Mandoon overlooking the lovely vineyard and being able to take part in some of their experiences would be a brilliant location to also have a trip to Kings Park to see the collection of trees and plants there.

  10. Oh my!! Any of them would be great places to visit and enjoy wine there!
    I’ve never been to Australia, I can only dream of maybe one day being able to go “Down Under”.
    If I was able to travel there, I would probably go for a month – travelling such a long way, and Australia is such a big place that I would want to see as much of it as possible, spending a few days in one place before moving onto another.
    With all that travelling around, there’d be plenty of evenings when opening a quality bottle of wine would be the ideal way to relax – wouldn’t that be heavenly?

  11. Pizzini wines, Victoria please. It’s within travelling distance of my Son in Melbourne. He could come to visit and enjoy the wine with us, how lovely that would be.

  12. They all sound amazing but my choice would be Moorilla at MONA, Tasmania for something different.

  13. They all look amazing but if I had to choose one it would be Sirromet, Queensland as my niece participated in the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and I loved hearing her wonderful stories of her visit.

  14. Would love to visit Pizzini Vineyard as have friends who live in Melbourne who I haven’t seen for many years. So a case of Australian wine would be wonderful to sample and bring a taste of Australia to our home.

  15. Sirromet, in Queensland, is so close to where my relatives live (in Brisbane) that this would be the ideal winery for us to visit.

  16. It would have to be Moorilla at MONA where we’d stay in the MONA Pavillion called Roy, and pretend it was named after my husband Roy, instead of Sir Roy Grounds. It would be extra special as it’s their three-storey, two-bedroom penthouse-equivalent.

  17. Gemtree Wines McClaren Vale please. With its adjacent countryside we can enjoy our two passions, the great outdoors and great wine.

  18. Rosetta’s Garden Guesthouse sounds perfect as you’d have wine tasting on your doorstep.

  19. Pizzini Wines, Victoria, next time we come to Oz to visit our daughter abd grandson. Never been to Victoria
    Looks great

  20. I’d like to visit the Mandoon Estate in Western Australia. This sounds like a wonderful experience and I’d welcome the opportunity to visit Perth and maybe even take in a tour of the WACCA (Cricket ground).

  21. Gemtree Wines, McLaren Vale – because organic and biodynamic wines are the future!

  22. I would like to visit Pizzini Wines as they produce some of my favourite wine varieties. I would love to explore Victoria (and lots of other areas of Australia). The fact that great tasting Italian coffee and food might be on hand makes this an even more appealing destination as I never do anything without being fuelled with my daily caffeine fix.

  23. I’d love to stay at Gemtree Wines, McLaren Vale SA. I’ve read books for years about exploring the bush and what a chance to stay in a CABN away from it all. So long as it was spider proof!

  24. Mandoon Estate, WA, which looks absolutely fabulous and I would love to stay in the Colony and drink wine whilst overlooking the Swan River

  25. I would love to visit the Sirromet Winery, on the Gold Coast, Australia. It is an area I have wanted to visit, as I have an elderly friend who lives on that coast, it would be a great opportunity to see him one last time, whilst enjoying the wonderful scenery, wildlife and the delicious wines.

  26. They all look and sound very good, excellent in fact.
    I would go for the Audrey Wilkinson in Hunter Valley, N.S.W. My daughter and son in law love going there, they live in Sydney, it would be a great place to go. Apparently the wine is fabulous.

  27. Mandoon Estate, WA Is my first choice, although all the others sound great too. Simply because I would love to visit Perth.

  28. Any winery in SA as we have friends that live there and it would be FABULOUS auto see them again.

  29. Would like to visit Gemtree Wines, missed it when visiting Adelaide and Kangaroo Island in 2018 and would like to go back and visit this area for longer and sample some of the wines.

  30. I would love a day trip to Gemtree Wines and make the most of the outdoor bath to enjoy the Australian countryside and their produce!!

  31. Moorilla at Mona Tasmania.
    The combination of wine , food , art and luxury accommodation is a really great treat to look forward to. The wines are really good and a pleasure to sample. Extras excellent as well!!!

  32. I would love to visit Manson estate Western Australia. The Margaret River is such a beautiful area and I know there are some wonderful wines come from that area.

  33. All wines sound great, off to Melbourne in March.. hopefully will be able to sample some😊

  34. What a choice ! A virtually impossible task to choose between all these amazing wineries.
    However, I’ve always wanted to visit the Gold Coast with its amazing scenery, glorious beaches and mountain ridges and valleys.
    The wine produced at the Simmoret Winery is certainly not goon but of excellent quality. It’s gotta be bonza!

  35. I would love to visit The Mandoon Estate and stay in one of the fabulous houses in The Colony.

  36. Moorilla at MONA, Tasmania, please. This island has a rich history and to see the artwork work be spectacular. The food choices sound sublime also. Thank you

  37. Such a great choice and would love to stay at them all given the time so we could relive the enjoyment we had visiting wineries the last and only time we were in Australia.

  38. Wow! Just reading about Australia makes me want to travel there. I shall just have to make do with a glass of Australian wine and close my eyes!

  39. I’d love to win and stay at Pizzini’s: I’m Italian living in Scotland and my brother is in Brisbane, both of us have been living abroad for almost 30 years. To be able to sample Italian wine in Australia, where my NZ husband has never been, and to meet my brother and his 4 year-old daughter, would be such a treat for everyone involved.

  40. Would love to stay at Mandoon in WA – promised my OH we would go to Australia at some point as he’s never been. If you don’t start on the west coast you never get there!

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