Everyone loves a view whether it is of distant mountain ranges or of a beautiful lake surrounded by vines. We have put together a list of Visit A Winery favourite places where drinking good wine is matched by the spectacular or the calming landscapes of this wonderful country. These are the place you want to chillax and never leave.
In no particular order
Chrismont has gone through a massive metamorphous at its winery cellar door, to something that is now spectacular! A balcony with seating runs the full length with glorious views up the King Valley It’s the perfect spot for sharing a selection of platters with a group of friends. The wines, the food, some good mates, the modern surrounds and that view, shows you don’t have to be wealthy to live a rich life.
Ringer reef just down the road from Boyton’s Feathertop is afforded a similar view of Mount Buffalo. It is in autumn that with a flash of colour when the leaves turn red, orange and yellow that this place is showcased at its best. An hour here with some classy wines has to be good for the soul.
This winery sits on a rise and looks back into Port Phillip Bay, across the water towards the city of Melbourne. Outside on the grassy knoll is the place to be with a bit of food and a glass of wine. Who does not love a view of the water?
From the front there seems nothing special about Boat O’Craigo, in fact it looks a little drab. Go around to the back and this cellar door has floor to ceiling windows of the breathtaking ranges and a decking that wraps around, so that whether you sit inside or out there is no escaping this wonderful part of the Yarra Valley.
It is not the view from the cellar door that puts Dominque Portet on our top of the pops list, but rather their pétanque court without question has the best view of any I have seen. Grab your friends grab some wine from the cellar door and head out to Dominque Portet’s pétanque court for a few games.
The Clare Valley is truly a pretty spot and at Tim McNeil there is no better spot to take in the beauty of this fabulous wine region. We love the vista from the cellar door that looks down across a country lane to the many plots of vines that scatter the undulating hills. Amongst the backdrop farmhouses dot the landscape while gum trees complete the picture reminding you that you are in Australia.
Close To McLaren Vale K1 has almost a Canadian cabin on the lake feel about it. The long tree lined drive opens to a spectacular cellar door on the far side of the lake. A boardwalk takes you across the water to the tasting room with tables and market umbrellas on the deck so that you can soak up the serenity as well as some good wine.
Underneath the homestead verandah or shaded by a big gum is the place to be as you share a gourmet platter and take in the acres of farmland in straw yellow on what was glorious sky blue day when we visited. In the distant a gentle rolling mountain range runs the entire length of the horizon. It’s easy to imagine that you are a grazier in times gone by and this is your plot in this vast nation. Very Australiana!