There’s no need to travel halfway across the globe to experience the world’s best food and wine – you can find it all just over the ditch in the land of our Australian neighbours.
Australia has more than 1700 cellar doors across several spectacular wine regions, all of which offer visitors a taste of distinctive varietals and unique experiences. Australia’s fresh local produce is the perfect complement to its wine offerings, whether you’re drinking Pinot Noir in the Mornington Peninsula, Sauvignon in the Margaret River, a crisp sparkling cool-climate drop in Tasmania or Shiraz in the Barossa.
Undoubtedly the best way to discover the tastes of Australia is with AAT Kings. The planning and driving is all taken care of, with expert Travel Directors on hand to offer local tips and insight as well as take you to all the must-see highlights and hidden gems. AAT Kings has highlighted some of its favourite Australian food and wine regions to tease your tastebuds and help you choose your next holiday destination.
Just a short drive from cosmopolitan Adelaide lies the Barossa Valley, a region made up of stunning vineyards, quaint villages, historic stone buildings and acclaimed restaurants serving delicious local produce. Many of Australia’s largest and most notable wineries are based in the region, including Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek. On an AAT Kings guided holiday in South Australia, you’ll experience some of Barossa’s most famed wineries, including Jacob’s Creek, and indulge in delicious produce from the local farmers’ market while uncovering the area’s hidden treasures. Experience the region on AAT Kings’ 11-day Tastes of Southern Australia holiday.
Famous for both fabulous wines and local artisanal produce, the Margaret River is one of Australia’s youngest wine regions. More than 150 wineries share a love for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends. As well as treating you to the tastes of Margaret River’s top tipples, AAT Kings will introduce you to a local olive oil producer to learn about olive oil, taste gourmet produce and sample a range of olive oil beauty products made from the olives grown on the property. All without you having to lift a finger. Experience Margaret River on AAT Kings’ 16-day Western Wonderland itinerary.
Featuring a considerably cooler climate to the rest of the country, Tasmania’s local wine and produce is of a completely different ilk. While its wine production is primarily Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, distilleries have popped up across Tasmania paving the way for an incredible “Tasmanian Whisky Trail” delivering some of the finest single malt drops in the world. You’ll experience both whisky and wine on an AAT Kings guided holiday in Tasmania, from a guided walk through a working whisky distillery to lunch and wine tasting at renowned Josef Chromy Wines. Plus you’d better leave room for Tassie’s cheese, salmon and bustling Salamanca Markets. Taste it all on AAT Kings’ 7-day Tassie’s Parks & Nature holiday.
Located just an hour’s drive southeast of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is home to 50 cellar doors and 200 small-scale vineyards with a reputation for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Its rich red volcanic based soil also grows abundant seasonal produce. On an Inspiring Journey in Victoria, you’ll indulge in a delicious Be My Guest lunch and wine tasting at Mornington Peninsula’s award-winning Jack Rabbit Vineyard while learning about the region’s wine production. Indulge your senses in the Mornington Peninsula on AAT Kings’ seven-day Victoria’s Hidden Gems Inspiring Journey.
To discover more of Australia’s food and wine secrets or to plan your next holiday across the ditch without actually having to plan a thing, visit aatkings.com, phone 0800 456 100 or see your travel agent.
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