11. Perfect Pairings
Cheese and wine are clearly a classic combination, with many of the great wines of the world perfectly matched with their local specialty cheeses. So what could be better than bringing wine and cheese making together in one place? That’s what you’ll find at Gallagher Wines (
, in Jeir, NSW. Greg Gallagher
looks after the winemaking, after significant experience around the country, including at Taltarni and Clover Hill. His wife Libby
crafts a range of delicious cheeses, from labneh through to a creamy blue. Visit their cellar door to enjoy the best of both worlds, with shiraz and riesling the local standouts. Angus Hughson
➽ TIP: Try their Black Truffle Labneh with the Gallagher Wines Merlot.
Gallagher Wines is your go-to for wine and local cheese.
Noble Rot’s wine offering features some rising stars.
12. Berlin Royalty
progressive approach to wine is best explored through its network of dedicated wine bars: none is more enticing than Noble Rot (
in the ever-so grungy-chic district of Friedrichshain. Noble Rot is committed to the elixirs of Germany and Hungary and – more specifically – up-and-coming regions, edgy new labels and more uncommon varieties. Whether you explore the most exquisite pinots of Baden or trek south-east to sample the enigmatic kadarka of Hungary’s Eger Valley, you will be treated to an unforgettable sensorial journey. Julian Tompkin
➽ TIP: Try to time your visit with the summer wine street party held each August, where tokaj and goulash meet in holy matrimony.
13. Granite Belt Wine Trail
Many may be surprised to hear Granite Belt, Qld, is one of the highest and coolest wine regions in Australia. The region produces lesser-known and small quantity, but very high-quality, wines. The trick is to take the Strange Bird Trail, where makers focus on alternate varieties that represent less than one per cent of grapes grown nationally. Expect verdelho, semillon, vermentino and fiano, along with tempranillo, saperavi and montepulciano. Must-visit wineries include: Tobin Wines, Golden Grove, Ballandean Estate, Symphony Hill, Robert Channon, Boireann, Pyramids Road, Heritage Estate, Savina Lane and Bent Road Winery. For handmade desserts, check out Suttons and the Bramble Patch. Josh Martin
➽ TIP: Nothing beats sitting by the fire with a glass of red and locally produced meats.
The Granite Belt’s Strange Bird trail showcases alternative varieties.
14. Best in the West
Miki’s Open Kitchen has a great local wine list.
Miki’s Open Kitchen (
is a memorable Margaret River
, WA, dining experience with a great local wine list. But if you want a winery lunch, head down the picturesque Caves Road. Here you’ll find Chef Brendan Pratt at Vasse Felix (
and also Blair & Renee Allen at Amelia Park Restaurant (
who produce incredible bistro-style food. Luke Jolliffe
➽ TIP: Visit Yallingup Cheese Company for small batch, organic cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses.
Red Hook Winery boasts great views of Lady Liberty.
15. Brooklyn's Secret
Red Hook Winery (
is an urban winery in the quirky neighbourhood of Red Hook, NY. Winemakers Christopher Nicolson
, Robert Foley
and Abe Schoener
produce 150 wines on-site. Sommelier-led private tastings (US$25pp) are held in the tasting room, or at outdoor tables on the water with views of the Statue of Liberty. Erin Van Der Meer
➽ TIP: Ask the staff nicely and you might get a behind-the-scenes tour; there’s a better view of Lady Liberty from the back of the building.
Avincis Winery mixes tradition and modernity.
16. Discover Romanian Wine
Here’s a country that maintains Old Word traditions, but has one foot in the charm of the New World. On my journey to discover Romanian wines, I reached the popular wine region Drăgăşani
. At Crama Bauer
I connected with owners Raluca
and Oliver Bauer
over their philosophy of “natural creativity”. Their wines are made from intrigiuing grape varieties, such as Crâmpoșie Selectionata, Feteasca Alba and Negru de Drăgăşani. The association of Drăgăşani winemakers brings together 10 small producers and every one of them understands the necessity to develop the region together. This effort and co-operation results in very particular and individual wineries that grow wines with character and a lot of personality. Adrian Filiuta MS
➽ TIP: Also visit Avincis Winery (avincis.ro
), which combines tradition with modernity.
Create your own signature sparkling wine blend.
17. Your Time to Sparkle
Mornington Peninsula’s Foxeys Hangout (
, Vic, aims to unmask the enigma of sparkling wine by taking you behind the scenes to view a fascinating process. You’ll be guided through the traditional method of sparkling winemaking. See bottles being disgorged, taste the influence of different grape varieties on the base wine, then blend a unique bottle to take home. It will dispel the mystery of sparkling wine and enhance the magic. Nicole Bilson
➽ TIP: Stay for lunch overlooking the vineyards, featuring seasonal dishes by owner Tony, who is a trained chef.
Daniel Airoldi is your ultimate Bordeaux guide.
18. Bound for Bordeaux
has long been on your travel wish list, make it your first destination post-restrictions with a guided tour by Airoldi Fine Wines (
. Scheduled for October 2021, the week-long tour will be led by GT WINE contributor and Bordeaux expert Daniel Airoldi
, who will give you a true, local insight to the region. From touring and dining in renowned châteaux, to visiting the secret gems only known by locals, it’s an itinerary that will give you a true understanding of the famous French wine region. Amy Northcott
➽ TIP: There’s plenty of free time during the tour, so ask Daniel for some of his insider recommendations on how to spend it.
19. Swedish Shores
Spend a night in one of the luxury Svartsö Krog tents.
A serene two-and-a-half hour ferry ride from Stockholm will drop you on the shores of Svartsö Krog (
. Spend the day grazing on a sumptuous five-course lunch at the bistro, crafted from some of the finest seasonal produce. Pair your gnocchi and fresh chanterelles or smoky lamb kebab with something from their fun wine list, which features offerings like 2016 Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Cru Blagny next to names like Daniel Sage, Aurelien Lefort and Charles Dufour. I highly recommend taking the full experience of an overnight stay in one of their five luxurious tents dotted along the shore. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it. Open from the last week of April until the last week of September. BELLA SARRIS
➽ TIP: Autumn is magical. It’s not busy, with cool nights and warm days for swimming.
20 Paris Celebrations
Usually in late October each year, I would celebrate the end of my French vintage with a glass of Champagne at Paris’ Juveniles Wine Bar (
. This little wine bar, established in 1987 by Tim Johnston
and now run by daughter Margaux
and her husband Romain Roudeau
offers deep knowledge of grower Champagnes as well as a curated selection of artisan international wine producers. The food at Juveniles is perfect to match with your wine, but if you feel like moving on, then head to Restaurant Kunitoraya (
for the best Japanese street food around. Rose Kentish
➽ TIP: Check out nearby florist Stéphane Chapelle.
Juveniles offers a great selection of grower Champagne.