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Our international team of wine experts reveal their favourite regions, cellar doors, watering holes and other vinous exploits
the world has to offer.

*Here in no particular order.

Ten Minutes by Tractor in the Mornington Peninsula.
Ten Minutes by Tractor is back.

1. Rising from the Ashes in Mornington

Forced to close due to fire damage, Ten Minutes by Tractor ( has recently reopened, bringing its much-loved food and wine philosophy back to the Mornington Peninsula. Owners Martin and Karen Spedding have been busy rebuilding, to incorporate a brand new wine cellar and private dining room.  AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Be sure to make a booking to secure your spot.

2. Singapore Wine Wander

In recent years the Singapore restaurant scene has taken hold not just in the consciousness of
Singaporeans but in that of well-heeled travellers.

Burnt Ends (, an unofficial Australian embassy for the hospitality crowd, plays a central role in this intersection of food and wine. Executive Chef Dave Pynt, a Perth native, quickly flipped from a worldwide wine list to an all Australian love letter to our winemakers.

If you can judge a bar solely on looks Le Bon Funk ( is a winner, but that’s just the surface of this mecca for natural wine. Ask a local and they’ll also tip the likes of RVLT (, Bistrot du Sommelier (, and Ma Cuisine (, a Franco-focused bistro that’s had the nod from Michelin. MAX BREARLEY
➽ TIP: Order the beef tongue and gribiche sandwich at Le Bon Funk. It’s a game changer for bar food.

3. See Chablis

Chablis is one of the most picturesque and charming destinations I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. As a wine region it is comprehensive – one grape, one river, four appellations and two major soil profiles.

Of course, within that is a myriad of complexities and details. The wine styles vary according to each producer and the nuances of site never cease to amaze me. I can confidently say I will never tire of drinking Chablis.

I visited in the early part of May when the half-timbered medieval houses emerge from the green saturation of spring. I spent the day strolling along the banks of the Serein River and through the picturesque laneways. A long lunch and tasting at William Fèvre ( followed, where the Chablisienne courtyard fare was the perfect partner to a bottle of 2013 Vaulorent Premier Cru.

Chablis is a place for contemplation and tranquility, give yourself the time to take it all in.  SHANTEH WONG
➽ TIP: The Parc de la Liberté is a perfect spot for a picnic, a bottle of wine and dangling your feet in the river.
William Fèvre should be at the top of your Chablis itinerary.

4. An Historic Rutherglen Stay

Feel like Rapunzel at Mount Ophir Estate.

You’ll feel like a character out of a fairytale during a stay at Rutherglen’s Mount Ophir Estate (, with its round tower and authentic charm making it truly unique wine region digs. Established in 1891, the estate is now owned by the Brown family of All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyard fame. The Brown family has taken their flair to Mount Ophir, restoring the historic building to host a range of accommodation suitable for couples, groups and families. We suggest going all out with a reservation at The Tower, a three-storey French provincial spectacle possessing all the Rutherglen charm matched with stylish interior design. The estate grows shiraz, brown muscat and Durif, with the first vintage due in 2021.  AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Book ahead for a guided tour of the wine region.
Relax with a pizza and award-winning wine at Pooley.

5. Pizza at Pooley

It may appear low-key on paper but rest assured that when the Pooley ( cellar door team in Tasmania  fires up the clay oven on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the experience that awaits is anything but. Grab a table under the pergola or a bean bag on the lawn and take in the spectacular views of the historic (and strikingly quaint) town of Richmond with a few wood-fired pizzas and any of the outstanding Pooley wines. It’s one of those charmingly modest wine experiences that will keep you coming back for more. DOM SWEENEY
➽ TIP: Drop into the cellar door beforehand to compare the single vineyard pinots and chardonnays from the Pooley family’s two sites, Butcher’s Hill and Cooinda Vale – the results are fascinating.
Markus Welin’s bar in Stockholm.

6. Simply Stockholm

If only the world was more like Savant ( Waste free, meat free and not motivated by money. Owner Markus Welin simply created a place to sit every day as a guest and enjoy himself without a guilty conscience. And that’s exactly what his regulars do, swing by daily for a cup of the finest coffee or share plates of delicious seasonal veg and a drop of something wild.

You won’t find a more dynamic list in Stockholm when it comes to the truly natural stuff. Everything is handpicked by Markus, from the local cheese and craft beer to the stacks of food and wine books around the bar.  

➽ TIP: Try the homemade kimchi with a glass of pét-nat.

7. A Queensland Must

Sirromet is a popular stop on any wine tour of Queensland, with the cellar door offering visitors plenty of experiences. But now you have no excuse not to stay a while at Sanctuary at Sirromet ( The glamping-style accommodation provides all the luxurious Sirromet charm combined with an authentic experience of the region’s famous natural landscape, and it’s only a short scenic stroll from the cellar door.  
➽ TIP: Book in for Sirromet’s transfer shuttle service that runs from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.
Mac Forbes outside Graceburn Wine Room in Healesville.

8. Escape to the Yarra Valley

In the heart of the Yarra Valley is the Graceburn Wine Room (, but it’s not like any other cellar door you’ve visited before.

Home to the Mac Forbes Wine range this eclectic urban wine room is the perfect place to spend that quiet (or not so quiet) evening with great food and drinks. Jump into a relaxed tasting of Forbes’ current and museum vintages, or favourites from Australia and around the globe.  AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: If you’re visiting on a weekend, stay for a meal at Graceburn Bistro for locally sourced and sustainable produce.
Mosto’s owner Paz with gallery owner and landlord Peter Domsch.

9. Natural Wine in Berlin

Berlin has no short supply of hybrid-styled shops and businesses. One of Neukölln’s newest additions to that sphere is Mosto Wines and Magazines ( The shelves are lined with an intriguing selection of cultural and artistic magazines from Berlin and beyond. And, as if to indicate a true understanding of many a writer and editor, Paz, the shop’s enthusiastic owner, has ensured there are enough wines on offer – organic bottles from Georgia, Spain and Italy make up the list.  DANIEL MELFI
➽ TIP: Keep an eye out for exhibition nights to see some local art and taste unique bottles by the glass.
The exceptional food at Vino Lokal.

10. Lokal Living

Looking for a Barossan native? There’s a good chance you’ll find one with a number of their favourite local drops at Vino Lokal ( The wine bar which opened earlier this year is home to Artisans of Barossa (, a collaboration of five esteemed producers of the region: John Duval Wines, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges, Spinifex Wines, Schwarz Wine Company and Sons of Eden. The food at the venue is simple and best enjoyed with a glass. There’s no excuse not to drop in for a few plates of local produce, a tasting and a bottle of the featured wine.  AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP:  Enrol at Vino Lokal’s Wine Skool to get to know the Barossa.