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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.

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21. Autumn in Orange

Orange FOOD Week is celebrating 30 years in 2021.

2021 marks 30 years since a small group of Orange, NSW, foodies got together to celebrate the food and wine of the region. Ever playful, they used the acronym FOOD (‘Food of the Orange District’) and cheekily invited Phillip Searle of Oasis Seros (Gourmet Traveller’s 1989 Restaurant of the Year) to cook at the inaugural dinner. Fast-forward 30 years and there’s now an abundance of dinners at in-town and Millthorpe restaurants and winery venues, a Night Market, the Sunday Producers’ Market and Brunch in the beautiful Cook Park, and much more. ‘Forage’ is a joyous 4km amble through orchards and vineyards with nine paired food and beverage tastings along the way. Yes – ‘beverage pairing’, as Orange boasts excellent beer and cider along with stellar cool-climate wines.  Peter Bourne
➽ TIP: The 30th Orange FOOD Week is on 9-18 April 2021 (  

22. Spotlight on Oatlands

Oatlands is ideally situated for daytrippers on the midland highway between Hobart and Launceston, Tasmania. The Imbibers ( wine, cheese and spirit merchant heralds a new era for the town’s High Street. Founded by Nathan McGiveron and Brad Williams, the wine bar-come-delicatessen showcases wine, beer and spirits sourced from within 60km of the town. Expect hand-picked wine and cheese flights, and grazing boards brimming with local artisan fare. The coming months will also see the opening of a regional outpost of favourite Hobart haunt Pigeon Whole Bakers and a multi-million-dollar single malt whisky distillery in the shadow of Callington Mill.  Louise Radman
➽ TIP: Try the ‘Wobbly Wheel’, a house specialty of baked Coal River Farm triple cream brie soused in Wobbly Boot wine, with garlic scapes and sourdough.
Pinot fan? Put down Bündner Herrschaft as a must-visit.

23. Cycling Through Switzerland

It’s often forgotten that the Swiss have a pinot noir history dating back to at least 1375. Unquestionably the home of Switzerland’s finest pinot is the Bündner Herrschaft. It’s a bewilderingly beautiful wine region featuring densely planted vines, all backdropped by snow-capped mountains. The pinot is similarly attention-grabbing, with sublime delicacy and uncommonly profound flavour depth for a Swiss red. Local expert and multilingual guide Gian Carlo Casparis runs a wine tour ( that is typically Swiss with a sense of fun (especially if you choose the e-bike option).  Andrew Graham
➽ TIP: Visit the Tamina Therme, an ancient thermal bath revered since the Middle Ages.

24. Barhopping in WA

Mummucc' has the vibe of a fun and fancy house party.

Neighbourhood bars are where it’s at. Mummucc’ [say it like: ma-mooch] ( and Monsterella Pizza ( in Perth are both owned by Tania Nicolo and Ryan Bookless. Walking into Mummucc’ is like wandering into a fancy house party, with people crammed in everywhere, laughter, dim lights and a glass in every hand. The moody black-and-white marble bar sets the scene for the minimalist and edgy layout. The food menu and the wine list are cut from the same cloth: Italian with an Australian/local sprinkling. While the wine direction is natural, the list is broad and wisely curated. Erin Larkin
➽ TIP: If you’re into BYO and a more laid-back vibe, then Monsterella next door is for you.

25. High Altitude Orange

Just out of Orange, NSW, towards the slopes of Mount Canobolas, you’ll find Printhie Wines’ ( new home, The Packing Shed. Set among picturesque heritage orchards, it’s a delightfully unexpected place to taste through the Swift family’s bevy of high-altitude wines. Sip your way through the Topography range of wines and map the terroir of Orange through various elevations, or splash out and try the aptly named Super Duper Chardonnay and Syrah. Now celebrating 10 years of production, the family also produces sparkling wines under the Swift label that arguably rival the best in the country. Csilla Swain
➽ TIP:  It’s not often you see pinot meunier bottled as table wine, so make sure you try some of this juicy, vibrant red.
Try Printhie Wines' award-winning Swift range.

26. Get Lost in Okanagan

Okanagan's Mission Hill winery.

Beautiful one day, gorgeous the next, Canada’s Okanagan Valley is one of the world’s most spectacular wine regions – and the wines are brilliant too. Vacation moments turn into life-long memories with a casual cruise down Route 97, from the sub-alpine city of Kelowna to the desert town of Osoyoos. Visit big wineries, like Mission Hill, Painted Rock and Phantom Creek, or try artisanal labels, such as Bella, Maverick, and Lariana. The Okanagan Valley is a panoramic feast for the senses, the food, the people and the wines all growing in harmony beside the glittering blue lake. Daniel Honan
➽ TIP: Keep an eye out for the Ogopogo, the long lost cousin of the Loch Ness monster, residing somewhere in Okanagan Lake.

27. Visit France at Home

Le Club, a monthly wine subscription service curated by Alex Rougeot of French wine importer Clos Cachet (, is far from a lockdown-only experience. Unwrap the mystery of French wine with the beautifully curated packages sent straight to your door in Australia. Tasting videos, winemaking notes and access to Clos Cachet’s exclusive dinners and events are all part of the deal.  Christina Kaigg
➽ TIP: Each box also includes recipes from some of Melbourne’s best restaurants.
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28. Time to Taste in the King Valley

Regional Victoria needs our support right now. Brown Brothers in the King Valley ( is open to visitors for takeaway wine sales but also for pre-booked tasting experiences. The 45-minute tasting runs promptly at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. There's also the general tasting which is free, or book a premium tasting for $10 pp, which includes wines from the Patricia range, and the co-fermented shiraz mondeuse cabernet blend. There may even be a back vintage available to taste.  Toni Paterson MW
➽ TIP: Weekend reservations can also be made at The Wine Bar, where local produce can be enjoyed with your favourite drop.
Au Clos Napoléon has a stellar wine and food offering.

29. Burgundy Haunts

If you’re in Burgundy and plan to discover La Route des Grands Crus, make sure to start your journey at the tiny wine bar & restaurant Au Clos Napoléon ( located in Fixin right before Gevrey Chambertin. You’ll be welcomed by a large array of Burgundian dishes, from Oeufs en Meurettes aux Morilles to their famous Homemade Jambon Persillé to be paired with a dreamy yet affordable wine list focused exclusively on pinot and chardonnay. The atmosphere is rustic and the crowd mostly composed of local wine lovers.  Thibaut Caumont
➽ TIP: In summer, call ahead and ask to be seated on the deck surrounded by some of the best vineyards.

30. Languid Lakes

Take your time to explore Tahbilk Estate in Victoria.

No need to rush from pillar to post, from vineyard to winery, winery to vineyard, tasting more wines than you can count (or taste, for that matter). Slow down and spend a day wandering the grounds of the historic Tahbilk Estate ( in Nagambie Lakes, Vic. A Day at Tahbilk begins with a guided tour of the winery. Learn the differences between old and new winemaking techniques, then master the art of blending. You can even create a wine that’s yours to take home! Follow this with a three-course lunch at Tahbilk’s Wetlands Cafe, featuring a seasonal menu and matching wines, before taking a stroll around the surrounding wetlands, which teem with the sounds and sights of life of the ancient Tabilk Lagoon.  Daniel Honan
➽ TIP: Stock up on as much marsanne as you can. It’s one of the most inexpensive and underrated wines in Australia.