If any of you have the opportunity to visit us at the DUE office, you’ll discover that we have a well-stocked wine refrigerator and we love to host clients and vendors from across the globe. While not all of us are necessarily oenophiles, we do all enjoy a crisp white, full-bodied red and in the Chicago summers, a sparkling rosé. Luckily for us, most of the countries in which we plan travel are known for some amazing wine. Australia has several exceptional regions and I’m thrilled to be sampling the wines of the Yarra Valley when I visit in July, and on my next trip I’ll be making my way to South Australia and Tasmania for their renowned wines.
Speaking of South Australia, if you like Shiraz, the Barossa Valley will be your nirvana. Not only are the wines some of the best you’ll enjoy, it’s just simply a lovely region.
Margaret River is a little more off the beaten path since it’s on the west coast of the continent, but if you have the time to include it in your travels, we definitely recommend it. Shannon visited last year and absolutely loved it (and she’s one of the aforementioned oenophiles at DUE).
Oh, Tasmania…I can’t wait to visit you next year. We all love Tassie for it’s beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife, but what most people don’t realize is that you can find some incredible wines. The Tamar Valley features award-winning cool climate wines that surprise and delight. In fact, when Vanessa recently revisited her home country, she said the Tamar wines were her favourite.
When visiting Australia for the first time, iconic Sydney is definitely a must, and just a few hours from there lies Australia’s oldest wine region – Hunter Valley. It’s a scenic day trip with some delicious wines to taste along the way.
In a month’s time, I’ll be strolling along the vines in the Yarra Valley (minus the hunky hunk). Located just over an hour outside of Melbourne, the Yarra produces world class Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s. One of the most romantic things I can think of is an early morning balloon ride over the valley, followed by sips of bubbles and a winery platter of artisan cheeses and meats. Does anyone have a hunk I could borrow?
Just a bit down the road and “next door” to the Barossa Valley is McLaren Valley. Truly a boutique wine region, you’ll find the biggest, boldest Shiraz to tempt your palate, and to a lesser extent (but no less tempting) Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.
To round out a wine tour of South Australia, your itinerary should include Adelaide Hills for it’s “youthful” varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wines, as well as “new wave” Chardonnay and crisp Rieslings. Plus, look at that sky.