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Taking in Australia's Wine Country
Australia's Spectacular Wine Country
When you think of Australia, you don't automatically
associate it with wine. Yet, there is some beautiful wine
country in Australia with spectacular scenery and delicious
wine. You can enjoy a leisurely trip through the five
distinct regions in South Australia which have beautiful
In Adelaide Hills, you can enjoy the comforts and pace of
the country, yet be close enough to one of Australia's major
cities, Adelaide, with all of its attractions. The
attractions of Adelaide Hills include plenty of vineyards to
tour and wine to taste. It is close to the state of Victoria
and you can even see some beautiful Victorian countryside.
Barossa. One of Australia's best wine producing regions,
this valley is an absolute treat. Known throughout the world
as a premier wine producer, Barossa's beauty and wine
producing capabilities have attracted many European
influences. Many of Barossa's villages resemble those found
in Germany or England in terms of their architecture, tone
and tradition. You can relax and enjoy an afternoon sipping
local wine along with European specialties.
Clare Valley boasts Australia's Reisling Trail, dotted with
cellars all the way. This 27 kilometer long trail is an
extremely fine bike ride. You can stop and sample the local
fare in the restaurants and hostels along the way, and
complete the trail as quickly or as slowly as you like.
Fleurieu Peninsula. Stretching from just south of Adelaide
this peninsula continues down to Cape Jarvis. As you can
make out from its name, this peninsula has some French
influences, fine wines included. The highlight of the
peninsula is a beautiful wine-producing district called the
McLaren Vale with close to 60 cellars. The proprietors of
these cellars are known for encouraging tasting and treating
guests to their exemplary hospitality.
Limestone Coast. This part of the Australian coast is named
for the limestone that forms it. Even the region's wine is
enriched by the rich limestone foundation. Soil gets decayed
due to the Limestone and breaks down into nutrients. The
natural aeration created by this decaying process is perfect
for vineyards. And the world's most acclaimed wines are not
all that the Limestone Coast has to offer its visitors. It
also boasts of a system of underground caves that are so
unique that they have been listed as a World Heritage Site.
There are many ways to enjoy any or all of Australia's
beautiful wine country. You can choose to travel by bike,
car, or even hot air balloon. Hot air balloons allow you to
get a bird's eye view of the countryside. Many cellars allow
you to land in their vineyards and welcome you with a glass
Bike rides are also an enjoyable way to traverse through
wine country. You can not only find great bike trails in
Clare Valley, but wherever you go in the wine country.
Australia's wine country is sure to provide you with not
just style but substance.
Josh Cheak is the chief writer for, and editor of
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