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Top Travel Tips

About now, some are making plans for the summer break, while others are plotting wine adventures for the coming year. Either way, our 50 Top Wine Experiences delivers a collection of the most rewarding things to do in Australia and further afield.

Of course, Tasmania is never a bad option, especially if you’re after exciting wine and glorious countryside. Daniel Honan follows the course of the Derwent visiting wineries, as well as distilleries and breweries. A good tip is to visit winecraft.com to plan your next trip to a wine region. Fizz is front and centre at this time of the year, so members of our panel tasted their way through the best NV and vintage made on home turf, discovering that many will surpass bubbles from elsewhere on quality as well as value.

Having said that, Margaret Rand couldn’t resist heading to Champagne to discover how the most exalted drops are made, and recommends what to drink and where to go, and Josh Martin investigates the oldest grower co-operative in the region. Heading south, Nino Zoccali manages to score an audience with the Quintarelli family in Valpolicella, while Andy Harris immerses himself in Catalan country where he’s inspired to create a seafood feast ideal for summer parties.

Celebrations continue with the announcement of our NZ Winemaker of the Year Finalists, in conjunction with Vintec, plus check out what went down at Australia’s Winemaker of the Year dinner held at Sydney’s Black Bar & Grill at The Star and supported by Perpetual.

Recently, GT WINE took out the Best Wine Magazine (consumer) at the WCA Awards for the third year in a row, while regular contributor Max Allen was named Wine Communicator of the Year. Let’s raise a glass to one and all.