31. A Vintage Adventure in Barossa
Visit the Barossa during vintage between March and May, and get those hands dirty (or even a deep shade of purple) at Hayes Family Wines’ (hayesfamilywines.com) Vintage Experience
. It’s an opportunity to find out how grapes become the drink we know and love. Taste grapes straight off the vine, before jumping into the winery to assist in crushing, fermenting and most importantly taste testing the wines. To cap off the day, head back to the cellar door for a well-earned tasting. AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Wear old clothes and make sure you don’t wear anything white.
Kir Yianni in Naoussa, Greece.
32. Get Lost in Greece
A holiday in Greece isn’t a new concept, but next time consider the northern stretches of Macedonia, which offer a wonderland of wine and food. Thessaloniki
has the vibrancy of any international city but with Byzantine monuments, UNESCO world heritage sites and a nightlife with the volume turned all the way up. Kir Yianni (kiryianni.gr)
is located in Ktima, Naoussa where the Boutari family have been involved in wine for the last two centuries. The xinomavro grape may reign, but fresh, fruity and vibrant examples of international varieties and indigenous malagouzia and assyrtiko showcase well. Add in a quick trip to Arcturos (arcturos.gr)
bear sanctuary for a holiday like no other. SHANTEH WONG
➽ TIP: Stay at Argyro (argyro.gr)
in Nymfaio for the best Greek home-cooked breakfast.
Shoalhaven Coast’s Mountain Ridge Wines.
33. Sustainable Travel
Inspired by strong philosophy on sustainability, the Shoalhaven Coast’s Mountain Ridge Wines (mountainridgewines.com.au)
is encouraging visitors to do their part in being energy efficient. In conjunction with Jaunt Motors, owner Tom Davies has converted an original Land Rover into an all-electric vehicle ready for visitors to hire out for their travels around the south coast.
Visit the cellar door for a delicious meal and tasting while your Land Rover charges at the Electric Vehicle Servo Station. It’s the perfect journey to take during the summer months as the region’s coastal beauty is best experienced by car with the windows down and the sun shining – all done sustainably! What more could you ask for? AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Try Mountain Ridge Wine’s Sparkling Chambourcin, a grape that's prolific in the region and a prime expression of its terroir.
34. Winemaker for a Day
Ever wanted to be a winemaker? Step into your dream job for a day to see what life is like as the maker of your favourite drink at Sandalford
), in Swan Valley, about half an hour out of Perth. Take a tour of the winery to learn about all things blending and making before leaping into creating your own blend, which is also put to the test by the Sandalford winemakers to see how you shape up. After all your hard work, indulge in a meal at the Sandalford restaurant, in front of an open fire, or beneath historic vines, paired with a glass of Swan Valley’s finest. AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: If you’re looking to stay overnight, next door you’ll find The Colony at Mandoon Estate which offers stylish digs – the perfect end to a perfect day.
35. Rock the Yazzbar
A trip to Yazzbar (yazzbar.com.au)
is a must if you’re heading to the Canberra District wine region. The quirky Yass local hosts a stellar line-up of Canberra wines, alongside some small-batch producer treasures. It’s guaranteed to be a wine bar experience you won’t soon forget. The passion for the Canberra wine scene is evident throughout owners Harvey Walsh
and Penny Carlisle’s
wine list and menu philosophy – a dedication to Canberra producers. AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Yazzbar’s whisky list is something to get excited about.
36. Organically McLaren Vale
Paxton's Bio Shed.
Battle of Bosworth’s cellar door.
Want to know more about organic and biodynamic practices in Australia’s wine industry? South Australia’s McLaren Vale (mclarenvale.info)
is affectionately known as the country’s greenest wine region, so there’s no better place to familiarise yourself with the natural practices taking place among the vines than here. While most wineries in the region hold a green focus, Gemtree Wines
should be your first stop for its Being Biodynamic Tour
. Other wineries to visit are Paxton Wines
, Battle of Bosworth
, and Alpha Box & Dice
– all focused on keeping it natural among the vines. AMY NORTHCOTT
➽ TIP: Keeping in the theme of green, visit d’Arry’s Verandah for vegan or vegetarian dining, paired with organic and biodynamic d’Arenberg wines.
37. Quiet Chianti
Not far from Siena, in the territory of Chianti Classico, you’ll find the Enoteca Dievole (dievole.it)
. Although it’s a bit difficult to reach without a car, it’s worth the journey. Visit for a day to take a walk in the vineyard and taste some of the delicious Dievole Chianti. Or stay a few days and enjoy a quiet sense of immersion in the peaceful Italian countryside of rural Tuscany. The converted farmhouse makes for some wonderfully cool and quaint lodging and the ample supply of Chianti doesn’t hurt the evenings either. DANIEL MELFI
➽ TIP: Don’t be afraid to pass a few days by the pool in the heat of summer.
O boufés in Vienna.
38. A Day in Vienna
In the city centre of Vienna, located behind Otto Wagner’s Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Postsparkasse, is the Michelin-starred and hatted Konstantin Filippou (konstantinfilippou.com)
restaurant. Next door is its relaxed counterpart, O boufés
bistro and wine bar. Raw concrete walls and black furniture give it a modern, but cosy ambience. The Mediterranean food is outstanding, as are the natural wines from the extensive wine list. It’s best to go with a group and share many different dishes, especially the ‘All Time Favourites’, with matching wine from the Neusiedlersee or Südsteiermark. SABINE SCHMITZ
➽ TIP: For a typical Austrian summer experience, visit Heuriger Sirbu (sirbu.at)
. Pick a table in the vineyards, overlooking the city, and sip some grüner or Müller-Thurgau.
39. Two Nights in HK
Interval Coffee Bar.
Hong Kong’s wine scene deserves two nights. First, head to Interval Coffee Bar (twins-kitchen.com)
– the concept of coffee by day/wine from 5pm ’til late works so well. Continue to Shung Hing Chiu Chow Restaurant
. Along the way, visit a few high-profile wine retailers to inspire your selection during dinner: L’Imperatrice (imperatricewine.com)
, Pillariwine (pillariwine.com.hk)
, La Cabane Wine Cellar (lacabane.hk)
and Ginsberg + Chan (ginsbergchan.com)
. Post-dinner, visit Louise (louise.hk)
, for charcuterie and cheese. Night two requires a visit to just one place, The Chairman (thechairmangroup.com)
. AMBROSE CHIANG
➽ TIP: Dine with four-plus people.
Crowds at Toast Martinborough.
40. Raising a Toast
New Zealand pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling are attractions in their own right but when top regional food, live music and 10,000 happy punters are thrown in, you’re in for a good time. Toast Martinborough (toastmartinborough.co.nz)
takes place in November, with 10 or so wineries, including Ata Rangi, Luna Estate and Dry River, opening their doors for a day of good vibes. Enjoy masterclasses with the region’s legendary winemakers, sample world-class wine, before heading to town for a huge party. DOM SWEENEY
➽ TIP: Designated drivers are not necessary with regular bus services between town and cellar doors.