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50 WINE EXPERIENCES for 2022:
21-30

Black Estate, North Canterbury, NZ.

21. Leeuwin Estate Art Gallery

Leeuwin Estate not only changed the way we drank Australian wine, it also forever altered the way we saw it ( leeuwinestate.com.au). There’s a true national treasure living in the lower level of the estate’s cellar door in Margaret River: the complete original art collection commissioned for the storied Art Series range. Inaugurated with a Robert Juniper work for the 1980 chardonnay, the collection today holds more than 150 original works from the nation’s leading creative protagonists of the 20th and 21st centuries: including Sidney Nolan, John Olsen, Arthur Boyd and John Kelly. JULIAN TOMPKIN

TIP: The 2018 Art Series chardonnay achieved instant immortal status on release, with its striking label featuring abstract expressionist Virginia Cuppaidge’s 1984 work Soul Search. Enjoy a bottle with the estate’s seasonal six course restaurant menu.

22. A Pink Revolution

Each year, Fish Lane in South Brisbane is transformed into an event solely dedicated to the love of pink wine. Rosé Revolution ( roserevolution.com.au) is a chance to taste a huge offering of the rosé from local and international producers. The day is about revelling in the abundant shades and styles that make rosé wines so loved. Guests are able to purchase their favourite bottles, making the exploration to find new drops that much more exciting. Lunch is provided by the fresh flavours from East Asian Southside Restaurant while the soundtrack of live DJs fill the blush-hued lane. OLIVIA EVANS

TIP: Neighbouring restaurants offer rosé-paired tasting menus and wine-inspired cocktails over lunches, brunches and dinners for a month.

23. Culinary Canterbury

Beautiful North Canterbury is home to renowned organic and biodynamic winery, Black Estate ( blackestate.co.nz). Owned and run by Penelope Naish and Nicholas Brown, real food and real natural wines are served up in a very real place. The restaurant overlooks the Home Vineyard where you might dine and watch or connect with their team working in the vines. The service is friendly and open and they all like communing with nature and having fun. It’s a place to relax and enjoy simple gifts from nature. NAT CHRISTENSEN

TIP: Try the Netherwood Pinot Noir for something classic and delicious; or for something fun, the Damsteep Pét-Nat is joyous.

24. Surf, Sip and Snack in Broadbeach

Broadbeach can rightly lay claim as the Gold Coast’s hottest destination, with more than 100 restaurants and bars within a stone’s throw of each other. Head to Gemelli, Moo Moo, Social Eating House and Orzo for top notch fare influenced by cuisine from around the world. Over at the Star, visit Nineteen and Kiyomi for that opulent high-end experience. The Roosevelt Lounge takes you back in time for late night cocktails with its classic speakeasy setting. When eating in, a short trip to the Miami Fish Market is an absolute must, they offer the finest seafood and sashimi on the coast. JOSH MARTIN

TIP: Check out the reserve cellar list at Moo Moo, which has a raft of iconic vintage reds.

25. Hidden Gems
in Granite Belt

It’s a little challenging to remember you are, in fact, within Queensland when you walk the terrain and feel the crisp air of the Granite Belt. Taking this gifted terroir and milking it for all its worth, Bent Road ( bentroadwine.com.au) produces some stellar examples of amphorae-aged wines, buried in 500-litre qveris, under their tongue-in-cheek label Le Petit Mort. And although lacking an official cellar door, they are more than pleased to welcome visitors by appointment for small tours and energetic tastings in their endearing, early 20th-century Presbyterian chapel-come-tasting room. ALEX MITCHESON

TIP: Head there in the cooler months and you are likely to witness snowfall.

26. Domaine Naturaliste

You really can’t get much closer to the vineyard than Domaine Naturaliste’s cellar door ( domainenaturaliste.com.au). With floor-to-ceiling windows, there’s a sense of sipping wine among the vines. Winemaker Bruce Dukes has a deft touch, and within his range there are some interesting stylistic varietal comparisons for lovers of chardonnay, cabernet and syrah to lap up. Settle in for a seated wine flight with a charcuterie board alongside and you’ll find it difficult to leave. CASSANDRA CHARLICK

TIP: An interesting events calendar gives reason to return again and again.

27. Secret Cellars

Launched in 2020 in Melbourne, Speakeasy Cellar Doors ( speakeasycellardoors.com) is a one-stop shop giving serious wine buffs an audience with some of Victoria’s most renowned boutique winemakers; specifically, those that don’t have actual cellar doors. Think Fleet Wines (Gippsland), Bannockburn (Geelong) and Garagiste (Mornington Peninsula) among others – the niche community that exists slightly off the beaten track, focused more on their craft than catering to busloads of tourists. DOM SWEENEY

TIP: Make a weekend of it by following each featured winemaker’s local suggestions listed on the website.

28. Luxe Launceston

The team at Launceston’s Stillwater Restaurant have teamed up with Unique Charters to offer private curated helicopter wine tours, exclusive to guests of Stillwater Seven, the luxury boutique hotel above the famed riverside restaurant ( stillwater.com.au). The tour takes in the stunning Tamar Valley and surrounds, dropping in at three of Stillwater sommelier James Welsh’s favourite local wine producers: Sinapius and Apogee, where you’ll be treated to a tour of Andrew Pirie’s vineyard, and Ghost Rock Vineyard for a tasting and two-course lunch. DOM SWEENEY

TIP: Back on land, stroll over to Havilah, a small wine bar featuring more of the state’s boutique wine labels.

29. Fresh Tastes by the Coast

Brunswick Heads in Northern NSW is a township cherished for its charm and stunning natural beauty. Recent newcomer Honour Restaurant ( honourbrunswickheads.com) has added a casual European offering to the local scene. It’s the perfect spot to grab a glass of wine on one of the umbrella-topped tables that curve around the corner block, offering views of the shimmering river. I became reliant on their small, ever-changing list of avant-garde producers. The menu includes house-made terrines and artisan cheese to enoy as you while away the afternoon. OLIVIA EVANS

TIP: Plan your drinks around the tide to sneak in a swim in the gorgeous Brunswick River.

30. Stay at Cupitt’s

Cupitt’s Estate ( cupittsestate.com.au) on NSW’s Shoalhaven Coast has another addition to its already impressive repertoire of experiences with new accommodation pods. It’s the ideal wine country-meets South Coast stay, with the natural design of the pods complementing the lush views. Try one of the hampers featuring local goodies along with a bottle of the Cupitt Estate Sparkling, either on the deck or in the outdoor bath. You’re also a short stroll away from the winery, brewery, fromagerie, restaurant and bar, so the rest of your stay is sorted. AMY NORTHCOTT

TIP: Each stay includes the opportunity to go on an exclusive Vineyard Walking Tour, to discover the history of the brand and estate.


Photography by FRANCES ANDRIJICH, NANCY ZHO, Nadine Stanford, Chris Crerar and Anjie Blair, and courtesy of Roosevelt Lounge, Moo Moo, Bent Road, Honour Restaurant and Cupitt's Estate.