Lonely Planet Writer

New survey names the best Australian wine regions for a liquid getaway break

If you’re planning a trip to Australia and want to take some time out to sample the country’s incredible wine, then a new survey of the best regions for a liquid getaway may help.

Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Barossa Valley, South Australia. Image by ShutterstockRF

The Barossa region of South Australia has taken top spot in a poll of more than 2600 people, followed in second place by Margaret River in Western Australia and Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

The survey carried out by lastminute.com in Australia revealed that more than half of people made their Aussie holiday decisions based on the quality of food and wine.

Spokeswoman Kate Norris explained: “Many of our most famous wine regions [are] … within a couple of hours drive of most of our main cities, so a weekend escape to wine country is the ultimate way to combine a food and wine fix with fresh country air.

“Australian wine regions are also really starting to raise the stakes against big city destinations for delicious eating experiences, with the Barossa clearly leading the charge.”

The Barossa is home to Australia’s most famous winery, Jacobs Creek, and is of course, best known for its Shiraz. The valley is less than forty miles from the city of Adelaide and is a popular weekend break for both locals and international visitors.

Margaret River in Western Australia was the next most popular wine break, and is located about 170 miles south of Perth, the state capital. Although the region is responsible for producing just a small percentage of the country’s total grapes, one in every five premium bottles in Australia comes from Margaret River.

Hunter Valley vineyard.
Hunter Valley vineyard. Image by thinkrorbot

In third place was Hunter Valley in New South Wales, not least because it is within such convenient reach of the capital Sydney.

For travellers heading to second city Melbourne, breaks for oenophiles are also in easy reach with both the Yarra Valley (famous for bubbly) and Mornington Peninsula wine regions just a short drive.

The Top Nine Regions:

1. Barossa, South Australia

2. Margaret River, Western Australia

3. Hunter Valley, New South Wales.

4. Yarra Valley, Victoria

5. Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

6. Clare Valley, South Australia

7. Tamar Valley, Tasmania

8. Mudgee, New South Wales

9. Scenic Rim, Queensland