When it comes to Australia’s world-famous wine regions, the vino is only one reason to visit. Whether it’s the Hunter Valley or Orange in New South Wales, Gippsland or the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, or the Margaret River in WA, you can sip coveted vintages while enjoying equally in-demand views. Make the most of your next wine weekend and swap conventional hotel accommodation for a vineyard retreat with our pick of the best cellar-door stays in the country, where you can wake up to tranquil paddocks and rolling hills embroidered with vines.
Toms Cap, Gippsland, Vic1/24
It’s difficult to think of a lovelier location for a winery than that of Toms Cap, which is within easy reach of beaches, waterfalls and historic villages. Add the property’s four-bedroom Beaumont Lodge, with its full-size kitchen, log fire and wide verandahs, and you’ve found an ideal place for a family escape. The cellar door and two restaurants – Woody’s and The Vines – are a stroll away and there are 40 hectares of paddocks and vines to explore.
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Wander at The Overflow Estate 1895, Scenic Rim, Qld2/24
Spend a day tasting wines at The Overflow Estate 1895’s cellar door and, on the next day, embark on a private guided walk through the Scenic Rim’s national parks. Then relax in one of the five off-grid WanderPods dotted across the property. All of them boast front-row seats to Lake Wyaralong and sweeping mountain vistas, plus it’s just 1.5 hours drive away from Brisbane.
Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Vic3/24
Just an hour south of Melbourne, the Jackalope Hotel is more of a weekend experience than a stay. Start at the immersive Rain Room art installation in St Kilda to challenge your senses then enjoy a wine tasting at Willow Creek Vineyard before dipping your toes in the hotel’s infinity pool overlooking the grapevines. For dinner, choose between the hatted Doot Doot Doot restaurant’s seasonal farm-to-table degustation or the hatted Rare Hare, where a woodfired oven takes centrestage. Try the barramundi wings with almond skordalia.
Nashdale Lane, Orange, NSW4/24
Situated about 10 kilometres from the heart of Orange, Nashdale Lane has two luxury tents set among the vines, each offering staggering views of Mount Canobolas and surrounding farms. Glamping at Nashdale is the perfect way to experience maximum comfort while immersing yourself in the landscape. The tents feature hardwood floors, a four-poster, queen-size bed and private shower and toilet facilities. You’ll also find a selection of the region’s produce, including olive oil, bread and eggs. Wander over to the cellar door to pick up a bottle of pinot gris, chardonnay, pinot noir or tempranillo and settle in for a night under the stars.
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Hotel California Road, McLaren Vale, SA5/24
It’s wall-to-wall vine views at this micro-hotel in Tatachilla, with every King Suite boasting soaring windows overlooking rows of Inkwell winery’s organic shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and grenache grapes. You’ll also find a soaking tub, rain shower and minibar stocked with wines. It’s a short stroll from your bed to the tasting rooms or a 10-minute drive to d’Arenberg Cube, where you can sit down to a seasonal dégustation.
Cupitt’s Estate, Ulladulla, NSW6/24
Cupitt’s Estate has it all: winery, restaurant, brewery and even a fromagerie. Afterwards, wind down with a relaxing alfresco bath on the deck of your luxury accommodation as the sun sets. Each of the estate’s 10 pods has a zen-meets-coastal charm – think timber accents and the natural textures of rattan and linen. When you’re ready to venture further afield, take a 10-minute drive to Mollymook Beach for a swim or pop into the nearby historic town of Milton.
MONA Pavilions, Berriedale, Tas7/24
Nestled along Tasmania’s Derwent River, the Mona Pavilions consist of eight boutique stays inspired by influential Australian architects and artists. The dramatic exterior of each pavilion is matched only by the ultra-cool interior design and artwork pulled from Mona’s own collection. While it's easy to be distracted by the art, be sure to pop into the Moorilla – it’s the gallery’s winery, with vineyards that supply wines to its venues.
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Spicers Vineyards Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW8/24
Kangaroos are daily visitors at this 500-vine private vineyard and resort in Pokolbin. You might spot them as you walk to your beautifully understated suite (there are 12) or to dinner at Restaurant Botanica, where you can sample small-batch chardonnay and rosé made from the estate’s grapes. Make time to tour local wineries, including Brokenwood and Audrey Wilkinson.
Lindenderry Red Hill by Lancemore, Mornington Peninsula, Vic9/24
The winery accommodation dominating the headlines might be sleek, modern Jackalope but the refurbished Lindenderry is the place to book if you’re after easy elegance. The 40-room boutique stay is fitted out with dark leather lounges and blond timber accents. There are dozens of vineyards nearby but the Lindenderry Wines cellar door serves some of the region’s finest chardonnay and pinot noir so there’s little reason to leave.
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The Vineyard McLaren Vale, McLaren Vale, SA10/24
A study in modern luxury, the Cadole Avalon in Blewitt Springs is an eco-friendly cabin with polished fittings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Created by designer firm Escapod, the suite overlooks the shiraz and grenache vines at The Vineyard McLaren Vale and has everything you need for a rural getaway, including a wood heater, Bose speakers, Riedel glassware and a deck complete with a barbecue. Owners Stu and Anthea Cross are happy to recommend tours and nearby food and wine experiences – The Currant Shed and The Salopian Inn are among their favourite eateries.
Cape Lodge, Margaret River, WA11/24
Perfectly positioned between Margaret River and Yallingup, this former protea farm sits on 16 hectares. Rooms and suites in the elegant manor house are filled with luxurious touches and the property’s vines produce exceptional shiraz and chardonnay, which are served with classic French cuisine at the hotel restaurant.
Eling Forest Estate, Southern Highlands, NSW12/24
The heritage-listed homestead is swathed in white roses and lush green lawn. Inside, each suite is decorated with unique touches, from a majestic four-poster bed to a chandelier and rustic rafters. The cellar door offers tastings of the winery’s chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and shiraz, while the café serves a country-style breakfast and lunch.
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Empire Retreat, Margaret River, WA13/24
Clean lines and clever wines are the hallmarks of Yallingup’s Empire Estate, set in the heart of the Margaret River. Guests stay in homestead suites or standalone villas with their own kitchenette and spa. The vineyard grows two of the region’s stars – cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay – and any next-day sore heads can be soothed with a revitalising facial or body wrap at the day spa.
Seville Estate, Yarra Valley, Vic14/24
Gorgeous black, white and timber touches and attention to detail make the recently opened four-bedroom Seville Homestead a great base for a family-and-friends holiday. Built in 1975, the home has been restored by chief winemaker Dylan McMahon, who’s filled the light-drenched space with handcrafted furnishings and décor. Head to the cellar door for a tasting or indulge in locally sourced, farm-fresh produce at the onsite restaurant.
Rowlee, Orange, NSW15/24
The single-vineyard chardonnays and nebbiolos are renowned for their quality and the team that makes them has taken the same care with the accommodation at this vineyard in the state’s Central West. Set on 32 hectares at the foot of Mount Canobolas, the sweet one-bedroom villa overlooks a croquet lawn and heritage gardens. Tastefully decorated with contemporary, tonal furnishings, it features a wood-burning stove, stone bathtub and king-size bed. Be sure to wander through the cellar door and rows of pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc vines.
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Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, The Barossa, SA16/24
The first thing you’ll see when you step inside the self-contained villa at Seize the Day Wines is a hamper of local produce filled with Maggie Beer pâté, crackers and quince paste, Barossa Valley Cheese Company camembert and drinks – all included in your room rate. What you’ll notice next is the home-away-from-home décor, featuring country-style furniture, a claw-foot bath and a wrought-iron king-size bed made up with crisp linens. And then you’ll realise you’re within easy reach of the Hentley Farm restaurant. Closer still are the estate’s orchards, where you can pick your own produce to feast on in the indoor or outdoor kitchenettes.
Naked Cubby Co, Canberra, ACT and NSW17/24
It’s just a 15-minute drive from Canberra’s CBD but you can forget about wi-fi, phone coverage or any other connectivity when you check in to your five-metre-by-five-metre bell tent on the grounds of Mount Majura Vineyard, because this exquisitely simple stay is all about switching off and enjoying good food, wine and company. The tent is powered by the sun (there’s enough juice to run a small fridge and an old-school record player). There are no internal bathroom facilities but you’ll find toilets down the hill (a torch is provided). Book the Stay Schmick package and you’ll get a gourmet hamper from local picnic company Schmicnics to enjoy with a glass of Mount Majura tempranillo.
Farmers Quarters, Mudgee, NSW18/24
Lodge La Vi is one of four three-bedroom retreats at Farmers Quarters, a 15-minute drive north of town. The lodge overlooks the property’s merlot vines, and Mudgee’s best-known wineries – including Robert Stein and Pieter van Gent – are close by. Plus, husband-and-wife team Gavin Wake and Belinda Steele are on hand to guide you to the best of the region.
Island Brook Estate, Margaret River, WA19/24
Tucked beneath the branches of an ancient jarrah forest in Yelverton, the three chalets at Island Brook Estate are a slice of pure tranquillity. Each is self-contained, has a spa and is named for one of the region’s famous wine styles, including the Chardonnay and Semillon chalets, which sleep four, and the Cabernet Chalet that’s perfect for a couple. Margaret River’s popular wineries are easily reached by car, though the cellar door at Island Brook – which supplies grapes to Devil’s Lair and the Haywood Wine Company – is just a few footsteps away.
Sanctuary by Sirromet, Mount Cotton, Qld20/24
The team behind the state’s first winery glamping experience has spared no expense to create an indulgent getaway for couples and families just over half an hour’s drive from Brisbane. The 18 canvas tents are shaded by paperbark trees and have all kinds of homey touches, from a Nespresso coffee machine to a private balcony. Spend an afternoon tasting wines to the sounds of live music at the cellar door then prepare a meal in your kitchenette or try the modern Australian cuisine at Restaurant Lurleen’s or Tuscan Terrace’s woodfired pizza.
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Wines for Joanie, Tamar Valley, Tas21/24
Longview Vineyard, Adelaide Hills, SA22/24
Sleeping up to 12, the homestead at Macclesfield’s Longview Vineyard is all about the spectacular view of the property’s gardens – and the minibar packed with single-estate, cool-climate wines. There are two bathrooms – both with a spa – so there will be no tussles. Book a long Sunday lunch of shared Italian dishes at Longview Cucina or call into the cellar door for generous platters of olives, cheese and empanadas.
Wild Cattle Creek Estate, Yarra Valley, Vic23/24
If your idea of a wine-tasting getaway includes a stout country residence with a claw-foot bath, 19th-century Wallace Historic Homestead at Seville’s Wild Cattle Creek Estate should do the trick. The mint-green timber cottage can be configured to sleep six and is conveniently located next to the onsite restaurant.