31. The Home of Sake
Fukuju Sake Brewery
is one of the well-known sake breweries in Japan’s Kobe
City. Your sake journey will be taken to another level during your visit – take a tour (bookings essential), taste the range and shop at the cellar door (or sake door?) You can also enjoy a beautiful seasonal meal including Kobe Wagyu at the restaurant Sakabayashi
. I have visited Fukuju a number of times. The people are beautiful and you will learn about the world of sake quickly. They also have a brochure in 16 languages and a multilingual website. Yukino Ochiai
➽ TIP: Try different sakes on offer to find your favourite style and don’t come back empty-handed.
Fukuji Sake Brewery will introduce you to all things sake.
32. Get Comfy in Mudgee
Cellar By Gilbert (
, NSW, embodies everything I love about a cellar door. Those warming, homely vibes paired with a rustic yet sophisticated setting that practically begs you to switch off and think of one thing only – wine. The Gilbert Family Wines portfolio is full of elegant, captivating examples of cool-climate varieties grown across Mudgee, Orange and the Eden Valley. But you can’t miss the Gilbert Experimental range featuring some cool pét-nats, skin-contact whites and a shiraz-riesling blend. The tasting is a ‘take it at your own pace’ style, which I love, and if you’re lucky, winemaker Will Gilbert
may even be around to take you through his wines. Leave a big gap in your itinerary for this visit, as you'll get way too comfy either outside in the sun or inside by the fire with a glass of pinot – day sorted. Amy Northcott
➽ TIP: Get your hands on the Lignée Blanc or Rouge, a wine collab between Will Gilbert and Hunter Valley winemaker Angus Vinden.
You'll be coming back for more at Meze Mazi.
33. Greek Eats – Oz Style
Tucked away on the outskirts of the Adelaide CBD
, SA, lies one of the best Greek food experiences I have ever had – Meze Mazi (
. There, you will find owner Andrew Papadakis
running the floor every service as if he were hosting you at his home. He always has great local wines on his list but Andrew is sure to introduce you to a range of Greek wines to excite your taste buds. Some of my favourite dishes would have to be the Peas and Broad Beans and Imam Baildi (eggplant, caramelised onion, rich red sauce and feta) but there is plenty more to get excited about. The venue always has a great buzz about it and will definitely draw you back again and again. Jonathan Koerner
➽ TIP: Be sure to order the lamb shoulder – you can’t go wrong!
34. Canterbury Tales
Relais & Châteaux Otahuna Lodge.
Just quietly, Canterbury
, New Zealand, punches above its weight when it comes to creating wine experiences showcasing the region’s excellent varieties. Mark 7 March, 2021 in your diary, for the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival (
Meet winemakers from places like Black Estate
, Muddy Waters
, visit the Talk Tent for demonstrations and tastings, and dance in the leafy shade to live music from local bands. It’s most definitely worth spending a few extra days in the region to taste more wine and to enjoy the produce in places like Pegasus Bay (
pegasusbay.com). Judy Sarris
➽ TIP: Make Relais & Châteaux Otahuna Lodge (
your base camp for your visit.
35. Champagne in Brissie
Nothing can stop the effervescent Bernadette O’Shea flying the Champagne flag in Queensland. Since restrictions have lifted, she has presented magnificent dinners and lunches involving Lallier, Pol Roger, Laurent Perrier, Ayala, Louis Roederer, Palmer and Charles Heidsieck. The Champagne Club will continue on the first Tuesday every month, along with Bernadette’s legendary Champagne education classes. KEN GARGETT
➽ TIP: These events aren't widely publicised, so join the mailing list (
36. Ballarat’s One-Stop Shop
The Mitchell Harris Wine Bar is a destination in itself with plenty on offer.
The new generation of wine and food options in Ballarat
, Vic, are incredibly enticing, blending local tastes with international flavours. For a perfect opportunity to experience this hybrid personality, look towards the Mitchell Harris Wine Bar (
Operating out of a 150-year-old brick workshop, this wine and food hub was set up to be a cellar door for Mitchell Harris Wines, but now it is so much more. Ex-Chandon winemaker John Harris
and wine-loving anaesthetist Craig Mitchell
have delivered a destination wine bar where you can taste the best in the world and the best of western Victoria. Andrew Graham
➽ TIP: Don’t miss some of the hard-to-find Ballarat wines on pour.
Enjoy the wonder from your vantage point at Es Boldadó.
37. Ibiza Scenes
is Spain’s playground for the rich and famous, those chasing spiritual enlightenment, and revellers making pilgrimage to dance music’s Mecca. All this, and the island has maintained a pristine beauty. Nothing is more striking than Es Vedra
, a rock formation jutting out of the ocean like the jewel of a crown. Perched on top of a cliff overlooking this wonder is Es Boldadó (
. Here you can watch the sunset while enjoying fresh seafood, wood-fired suckling pig and a great selection of Spanish wines. Tony Plowman
➽ TIP: Have lunch at Es Moli de Sal (
on neighbouring Formentera.
All the produce for Coogee Common restaurant is grown in its garden.
38. Fremantle’s Coogee Common
Built in 1894, The Coogee Hotel or ‘Four-Mile Well’ was a meeting place in WA for local market gardeners and shipping workers. In 2018 the building was restored to house the Coogee Common (
with a 200-seat restaurant, bar and expansive garden in which all the produce for the restaurant is grown. Wines hail from the state’s finest producers, showcasing important varieties like chenin blanc and grenache from the Swan Valley, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay from Margaret River, plus riesling and shiraz from the Great Southern. Emma Farrelly
➽ TIP: Head to The Farm Shop (located inside the restaurant) after lunch to pick up fermented, preserved and pickled treats from the garden to take home.
39. Out in Orange
Nick and Tanya Segger of Nashdale Lane, pictured at sunset.
Nothing beats a trip to NSW’s colour city. Over the past 10 years, Orange
’s offerings have grown, boasting a food, wine, cocktail and coffee culture rivalling the cities. A must-do is glamping at Nashdale Lane
for fresh country air with creature comforts. One of the better results of restrictions is that tastings are now booking only, allowing more personal experiences. My picks are De Salis
and Philip Shaw
. Then it’s wines and snacks in the Union Bank
courtyard, followed by dinner at Charred Restaurant
, with an exceptional wine list that will tickle any wine aficionado’s fancy. For a night cap, it’s an Old-Fashioned at Washington Co Whiskey Bar
. Louella Mathews
➽ TIP: Head to Good Eddy for the best coffee in town.
You’ll find the local winemakers hanging out at the Cellar Door Wine Store.
40. Beechworth’s Best
You’ll find the vignerons of Beechworth
, Vic, nestled into the bar benches of the Cellar Door Wine Store (
on a Friday night. They’ll be drinking wine, and sharing stories of the week and their thoughts on a special ‘blind wine’ that Lachlan, the wine bar manager, has just poured. The store has access to the newest vintage releases that have been hand-delivered by the vignerons themselves. You can’t get much closer to the source itself. Stephanie Eyles
➽ TIP: Lachlan serves coffee so be sure to try it with one of Cecily’s freshly baked Dutch ginger cakes.