Sure, an Australian red from your local LCBO is still rich and full-bodied, but nothing beats a first-hand taste of some of the world’s finest.
1. McLaren Vale, South Australia: Just south of Adelaide, take in both beautiful beaches and luscious wines. Current holder of the coveted Jimmy Watson trophy for the best one-year-old red. More than 60 cellar doors to knock on: www.mclarenvale.info
2. Barossa Valley, South Australia: Home to industry giants Wolf Blass and Penfold’s, this region produces Australia’s benchmark shiraz “Grand Hermitage.” 50 wineries to visit: www.barossa-region.org
3. Margaret River, Western Australia: Renowned for its premium reds and the rugged beauty of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge. Tempt your taste buds with 57 different wineries: www.margaretriver.com
4. Yarra Valley, Victoria: Easily accessible from Melbourne, this region’s cool climate produces Australia’s best whites, including Hardy’s Bastard Hill. You’ll need a few days with 47 wineries to visit: www.visityarravalley.com.au
5. Hunter Valley, New South Wales: With its first vines dating back to 1820, this region has a solid reputation for both its reds and whites. North of Sydney, with 50 wineries: www.winecountry.com.au
– Julie Harrison, who was married in a Hardy Vineyard in 1997, toured McLaren Vale, Barossa and the Yarra last summer.
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The Ottawa Citizen
Sat Dec 30 2006
Section: Style Weekly: Travel
Byline: Julie Harrison
Source: Citizen Special