When it comes to vineyards, Aussies are spoilt for choice with wonderful wineries spread all over the country, from coast-to-coast. From Barossa shiraz to Hunter Valley chardonnay, there are endless options to sample the delights of Australia’s renowned regional vintages. Better still, many of these vineyards offer boutique accommodation at the cellar door, so you can sip, swill and quaff well into the night. Whether it’s for a group holiday, romantic escape or indulgent foodie getaway, check-in to one of these beautifully chic wine stays where you can indulge and unwind with a glass – or two – in hand, before falling into bed.
Australian Winery Accommodation: Queensland
Set amongst the idyllic and peaceful surrounds of Mt Cotton, Sanctuary by Sirromet is a leafy escape that makes the most of its tranquil setting. On the property, guests are spoilt for choice by world-class dining and Sirromet’s award-winning cellar door – which is an experience all on its own. For those looking for adventure, Moreton and Stradbroke Islands are not too far for a day trip, but Sirromet has plenty to keep you occupied for a weekend of wine-fuelled pursuits. This is the place for a little R&R. Amongst the paperbark trees, guests are treated to the sounds of the wilderness from elegant, safari-style ‘tents’ – although we use the term tents rather loosely; these safari lodges could rival any luxe hotel stay. With a range of luxurious options, Sanctuary by Sirromet provides the perfect setting for a romantic couple’s escape or girly weekend getaway.
From $280 per night
Mount Cotton, QLD
Australian Winery Accommodation: Tasmania
Like the museum, MONA Pavilions are unique, contemporary and creative. Positioned on the River Derwent, this luxury escape boasts a winery, restaurant, microbrewery and eight indulgent dens. Each pavilion is named after a famous Australian artist or architect and boasts contemporary-design and artwork from the private MONA collection. During your stay, a visit to MONA is a must, along with a guided tour of Moorilla Winery and a tasting at the cellar door.
From $750 per night
Sitting pretty on six hectares and only 40 minutes from Launceston, 3 Willows Vineyard provides a perfect, relaxing setting for your next wine escape. At the cellar door, you can sip your way through their pinot noir, pinot gris, baco noir and chardonnay, as you take in the fresh air and admire the naturally beautiful surrounds. Once you have wined and dined, you can retire to the estate's luxury one bedroom cottage. Cosy and quaint, you'll feel right at home instantly. If you're looking for a reason not to leave at the end of your stay, you could always buy the vineyard? 3 Willows is currently on the market to sell, so you could turn your wine weekend into a permanent lifestyle.
From $290 per night
46 Montana Road, Red Hills
Australian Winery Accommodation: Victoria
Overlooking 25 acres of vines, Polperro is a one-stop holiday destination with a vineyard, boutique villas, gourmet dining and yoga right at your fingertips. The cellar door is the perfect place to start your stay at Polperro – it will help you get acquainted with the quality produce. After a long day wining and dining, you can retire to your home away from home, complete with inbuilt bathtub and front porch; the perfect spot for sundowners.
From $400 per night
150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill VIC
For a winery escape that goes beyond the grapes, Jackalope delivers on architecture, design, and hospitality. Set upon the Willow Creek Vineyard, the hotel itself is made up of 46 unique rooms (from Terraces to ‘Lairs’) with a fit-out that would not be out of place on Grand Designs – think original art and black Japanese baths. Combine this with a restaurant, cocktail lounge and food and wine store, you’re all set for an incredible stay. To experience the best this wine country has to offer, go straight to the cellar door for an exclusive wine tasting experience.
From $650 per night
166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North VIC
Australian Winery Accommodation: Western Australia
Cape Lodge is a private country house set amongst the Margaret River hinterland, boasting lavish suites, fine dining and a rustic vineyard. Welcoming just 44 guests at a time, this exclusive, lakeside stay allows each guest to truly experience all this wine country has to offer, at their own pace. Looking for adventure? Check out their range of scenic day tours or classes. For those who are more into indulging than hiking, you can make your way to the spa for a massage or book a seat at the Sunday Chef’s Harvest Dinner… you won’t be disappointed.
From $1,130 for two nights
3341 Caves Road, Yallingup WA
This west coast paradise, nestled amongst forest and vines, is equal parts hotel, winery and spa. Empire SPA Retreat is a lush home away from home that exudes style, from the chic interiors to the contemporary furnishings. Just minutes away from Dunsborough town centre, you can easily decide between a relaxing day of gastronomic activities or a touristy day checking out the Margaret River Chocolate Factory or Sugarloaf Rock.
From $295 per night
1958 Caves Road, Yallingup WA
Australian Winery Accommodation: New South Wales
For those who are after a luxe stay in the Hunter Valley, Spicers Vineyards Estates offers the whole package; onsite vineyard, private cellar, Day Spa and suites. Positioned between the vineyards and bushland, this hinterland escape offers quality grapes that pair perfectly with their fine dining cuisine. Once you’ve experienced the best food and wine the region has to offer, take a stroll amongst the vines or treat yourself at Spa Anise.
From $449 per night
555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin NSW
With so much going on across the sprawling grounds of Bendooley Estate, a two-night stay is a must to experience everything it has to offer. The dining on the estate is renowned, offering flavoursome cuisine inspired by the surrounding local produce. The cellar door is the place to go for wine tastings and tours, but if you're looking for quiet respite, go straight to the book barn. The rustic-luxe cottages provide the perfect retreat for a long day wine-swilling, with beautiful views, freestanding bathtubs and chic furnishings. The only problem is you may never want to leave.
From $325 per night
3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima NSW
Australian Winery Accommodation: South Australia
One of Australia’s most luxurious stays, The Louise is a Barossa Valley winery that fuses quality food, good wine and beautiful accommodation effortlessly. From the secluded suites and picturesque surrounds to fine-dining gem Appellation and their renowned cellar door, this is the ultimate foodie escape. The best way to experience The Louise, is by taking a stroll to the vineyards and chat with the winemakers over a wine or two.
From $645 per night
Corner Seppeltsfield and Stonewell Roads, Marananga SA
For a truly exclusive experience, a stay at Cambourne Boutique Accommodation is a must for anyone looking to visit the Barossa Valley. Set upon 25 acres of premium Shiraz vineyard, the property dates to the 1840’s, with the original cottage serving as the accommodation. This rustic-chic property is an ideal getaway destination for groups, comfortably sleeping six people across the cottage’s three spacious suites. Boasting beautiful views of the vines, enjoy the day exploring the Barossa and then come back to Cambourne for sunset drinks on the verandah.
From $1,200 per night (two-night minimum stay)
799 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield SA