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Australia wine tours

Posted by dc27, Sep 28, 2009.

Our family of four will be traveling to Newcastle and Melbourne Australia the first part of Nov 09. We plan on visiting Hunter Valley (Newcastle) and the Yarra Valley (Melbourne) and are looking for suggestions on tours and vineyards in these areas. e-mail Thank you.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 29, 2009.

None of our friends from down under awake yet?

I can help you here but look forward to seeing the recommendations.

Reply by djoblong, Sep 29, 2009.

Brokenwood is a must in the Hunter, but sadly they don't let you try the Graveyard Shiraz as part of the tasting. Would recommend indulging and buying a bottle anyway.

Reply by dc27, Oct 1, 2009.

Thank you for your responses. We will definitely check out Brokenwood in Hunter Valley and will give the Graveyard Shiraz a try.

Reply by MarioRobles, Oct 13, 2009.

Dont take any tours, from Newcastle, drive to the Hunter (+/- 1hr) and make sure the driver does NOT drink... if you go on a tour; you will be taken only to the wineries they guides promote and you would waste valuable time... Hunter recommendations; Tyrrells, Pepper Tree, Brokenwood, Poole's Rock, McGuigan (Cheese factory in this one as well), Tempus Two.
As for the tour in the Yarra Valley, do the same... Yering Station is a must!

As for the wine recommendation, I have tasted the Graveyard Shiraz 2006 and (no kidding) one of the best wines they have ever produced; it is awsome! worth the money...!
taste aged Semillon at Tyrrells, Semillon is "Australia's gift to the World" (Jancis Robinson) and Tyrrells is the best on Semillon...
Poole's Rock is a good bet since they not only have wines from the Hunter and you can taste wines from other regions as well... I was the FC there for many years... I know my wines! :-) good luck and let me know how you go.

Reply by dmcker, Oct 13, 2009.

So Mario, what's an 'FC'? Foreign correspondent, or...?

Reply by dc27, Oct 13, 2009.

Mario thank you very much for your help. Is People's Rock a town or vineyard?

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 13, 2009.

I think it is worth pointing out that Australia has a very low threshold for DWI. .O5% I believe, though I may be wrong. Even tasting and spitting one can cross that line so please take the necessary precautions.

Reply by dc27, Oct 13, 2009.

We plan on leaving the driving to the Aussies. Not sure I want to attempt driving on the opposite side of the road sober! Sorry Mario Poole's Rock???

Reply by penguinoid, Oct 14, 2009.

Yes, the limit for drink driving is 0.05% blood alcohol content. And they're fairly enthusiastic about enforcing it, so best be careful...

Reply by MarioRobles, Oct 14, 2009.

Poole's Rock is the Winery name.
FC= Financial Controller
Point out that you are coming from the US (in case, your accent doesn't give it away) and it will be very helpful to mention that an 'old friend' from Poole's Rock sent you there and ask for the "under the counter wines" as all cellar doors keep the good stuff there and only show it if you ask...
By the way, Poole's Rock's winemaker won the "Young Winemaker of the Year" award a couple of years ago... (Enough marketing).
Another good one is Lake's Folly winery

Reply by Headley, Oct 29, 2009.

You may have left for our sunny climes already, but if you haven't I can make some recommendations. My apologies for the lateness of the reply but I only joined today.If you can't find a designated driver I recommend driving and spitting and you should be fine.
Wineries to visit in the lower Hunter region are Petersons who make a great Shiraz and Chardonnay, Scarborough, who also do a great Chardonnay, Lake's Folly if there is anything left and if you want to head out to Broke (another 20-25 minutes) Margan make some lovely wines also.
While at the Yarra Valley, please spend the money on the tasting and visit Yarra Yering. Spectacular wines but at a spectacular price! Enjoy.

Reply by dc27, Oct 29, 2009.

Great! Thank you, we are flying out this evening... Regards

Reply by Andrew Roddam, Jul 11, 2016.

Everyone visiting Australia needs to visit one of South Australia's internationally acclaimed wine regions. SA is the country's largest producer of wine and is home to some of the finest food and wine experiences. Check out one of the local makers in the Adelaide Hills or visit one of the larger producers in the Barossa Valley like Jacob's Creek or Wolf Blass.  This is a great tool to help search the regions and find what you are looking for,

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