There are some wineries that when you try their wines they are all bloody good. It makes it hard to pick a favourite. For us at Visit A Winery it’s not all about having the most revered and top rated wines in the country available to taste.
We like to take into consideration the number of wines available, is there a diverse range of wine styles but most importantly though, is there a strong consistency of quality across the range. These wineries made our taste buds zing, zip and jump for joy as we worked our way through their list.
In no particular order
Chapoutiere is an international company with vineyards both here in Australia and in France. What we got at Chapoutiere was not just the chance to sample some wines but we got a wine tasting experience. We experienced a journey through many different wine styles with Aaron, an assistant winemaker being our host. His passion and enthusiasm was contagious and before we knew it a quick stop had turned out to be longer than we imagined. Don’t rush through the wines here, take your time and enjoy a truly great wine experience.
The cellar door is located in the spotlessly clean working winery. On this visit the owner took us through his wines while his son the wine maker attended the maturation of the wines in the vats to one side. The wines were served in beautiful glassware and our host was fantastic in explaining each of the wines to us. What stood out at Sanguine was the quality of the wines across the board from their Chardonnay to their Flagship Shiraz and everything in between. The wines were consistently good across the board and Sanguine would be the perfect stop for those wanting to add to their own cellar.
The vines can be seen from the cellar door of Kilikanoon and these vines must be pretty bloody good because the wine…Wow! Our Host was very informative as he took us through their range of wines which we noted were consistently very good across the board. Some highlights were the two Mort’s Rieslings, a sexy Shiraz/Grenache a GSM and an uber cool Grenache. If you get the chance to visit Clare then you must certainly add Kilikanoon to your list of must see wineries for the exceptional wine.
At Oliver’s Taranga we began our tasting with two different Italian white wine styles being a Fiano and a Vermentino. For something different we were given a Sagrantino, an Italian red grape variety that was very tasty and better when drunk with food. Oliver’s Taranga wines were very solid across the board and our host had a great knowledge of the region and he talked in depth about all the wines we tasted. It was great to listen and learn from someone who is passionate about what they do. Oliver’s Taranga makes a great spot to drop in and try some Italian grape varieties that you would not see much of as well as the chance to try some ripper reds and the fantastic service that goes with it tops it off beautifully.
Many wines from this winery are highly rated and it’s easy to see the deserved reputation. An extensive wine list with 6 different ranges meant it is possible to try a multitude of wines at different price points from the everyday drinking drop to the… “ Oh is this what the rich and famous are drinking”. A great place in that so many wines were available to try and with the staff all being excellent, it’s a place where you will learn much about what you are drinking.
The cellar door is located in a charming cottage complete with water fountain and rose gardens. We were expertly guided through the five different ranges of wine, with one of the early highlights being an Eden Valley Marsanne Roussanne. Our host was chirpy and full of knowledge. An interesting Estate Zinfandel was an unusual style that we don’t get to see often in Australia and it was really lovely. For a small tasting fee you can also try Elderton’s four elite red wines including the famed Command Shiraz. Classy wines, good service and produce platters available made this terrific experience.
The service was very good as I was shown the range of eight wines in large quality glassware. I started with Majella’s excellent Riesling and it was here that I learned that Riesling was once the dominant grape variety planted in the region until the mid 80’s where it was pulled out and Cabernet planted in its place. Their Cabernet was excellent and I finished off with a good Sparkling Shiraz for something different.
With my wife driving and so many wines to try we have a deal where she only wants to try the wines that I think are the best from each cellar door list. The Problem at Zema was that wine after wine I sampled was the best, so she had to try them all. The range of wines on offer is not large, only 6 wines but they were all of consistently high quality. Zema Estate is worth a visit for the quality wines served in good glassware and the good service that went along with them.
Our winery tour guide recommended this winery. Nothing fancy here, no artwork and the only view from inside was of pallets of wine. The service was even a little gruff, but the wines! They knocked it out of the ballpark. What Brown Hill Estate are doing at this small family run winery is producing wines that offer super value. With yields of one to one and half tones per acre while the average is more like 4-5 tones for a winery. We weren’t the only ones believing we had hit the jackpot with many of the wines having also been highly rated. If you want to learn more about wines and pick up some excellent value for money top drops, then this is the place for you.
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