The Grape Escape! A Taste of Australia's Best Wine Stays
Booking.com shares their favourite winery escapes in anticipation of Aussie Wine Month
A luxury wine escape is the ultimate bucket list trip for any true wine enthusiast, and with Aussie Wine Month fast approaching, there’s no better time to take your long awaited vineyard getaway.
In celebration of Aussie Wine Month, Booking.com has profiled six of Australia’s best winery destinations in some of the country’s most acclaimed wine regions, including the esteemed Yarra, Hunter and Barossa Valleys. According to the experts, the Booking.com travellers themselves, here are some of the top rated accommodations for wine tourism - six of the very best wine finds in Australia to make sure you have a truly exceptional stay.
Empire Spa Retreat, Dunsborough WA
Set on twelve acres of sprawling vineyards and native gardens, this five star retreat is the ultimate destination for a luxury weekend away. Nestled amongst undisturbed bushland, it’s the ideal setting for a tranquil country escape. Situated just 45 minutes from the Margaret River wine region, the retreat offers the perfect base for wine lovers to explore one of Western Australia’s top wine regions. The award winning Empire Spa facilities are perfect for those in search of quite solitude and renewal, and are certain to leave you feeling wholly relaxed and totally rejuvenated.
Chateau Yering Hotel, Yarra Glen VIC
Situated amongst the Yarra Valley, this heritage-listed mansion is the epitome of timeless elegance. The charming country homestead was initially constructed in 1854, and reborn in 1997 as a gracious five-star property, offering Victorian-style suites with stunning views of the historic gardens. In close proximity to a range of iconic Victoria destinations including the Yarra Valley wine fields, Dandenong Ranges, Healsville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy, this spectacular area is an ideal holiday destination to suit all tastes.
Lindenderry at Red Hill, Red Hill, Vic
The Lindenderry guesthouse and estate sprawls over thirty acres of secluded countryside in the heart of Victoria’s picturesque Mornington Peninsula. The property’s award-winning vineyard produces a Pinot Noir Sparkling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Rose, Sparkling Blanc de Blanc and a Sauvignon Blanc. With its jaw-dropping views of surrounding rolling hills, tall trees and lovingly manicured gardens, the estate offers a distinct experience where nature blends with modern style. Conveniently located just one hour from Melbourne, the property is perfect for a spontaneous escape from the city.
Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin NSW
Located amongst rolling vineyards in the tranquil Hunter Valley, this luxurious estate provides is a relaxation haven. Situated in the heart of wine country, the estate is the ultimate destination for wine enthusiasts, with over 150 neighboring wineries and cellars most popular for its offerings of Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. With multiple awards for culinary excellence and a first class spa, this destination offers the perfect opportunity to indulge of all your senses and momentarily escape from fast-paced reality.
MONA Pavilions, Hobart, Tas
First planted in 1958, the Moorilla Estate vineyard has lived through a string of changes in its surroundings, with the property now home to the globally-renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), The Source Restaurant, the Moo Brew brewery and eight free-standing luxury MONA pavilions. Located just fifteen minutes drives from Hobart, these contemporary villas sit on a private peninsula offering panoramic views of the Derwent River. Featuring regular exhibitions, music and art festivals, and gourmet food and wine experiences, MONA is renowned for providing its guests a spectacularly enriching cultural experience.
The Louise, Marananga, SA
Located in the heart of Barossa wine country, The Louise vineyard retreat represents the pinnacle of luxury wine stays in Australia. Together with award-winning Appellation restaurant where fresh, local ingredients complement a collection of award winning wine, this five star establishment compromises a destination worthy of a detour. Situated within walking distance of two neighbouring wineries, The Louise provides a perfect opportunity for wine lovers to explore the Barossa wine region.