Top 12 Australian cellar doors

By Tricia Brown
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Voyager Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

Voyager Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia

All Saints Estate cellar door, Rutherglen, Victoria
Cellar door at T'Gallant, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Enjoy a glass of wine and the beautiful views of the Yarra Valley at Domaine Chandon
Cellar door at Brown Brothers, Milawa, King Valley, Victoria is ideal for leisurely wine tasting

So many cellar doors these days offer much more than just the standard tasting experience. With wine tours, meet the winemaker, art collections, fantastic food, coffee and entertainment, choosing just twelve of the best cellar doors was no easy task.

Here are some favourites from the VisitVineyards.com team.

WA - Voyager Estate

Every part of Voyager Estate in the Margaret River has been developed with extreme attention to detail, from the grandeur of its Cape Dutch style restaurant, cellar door and extensive gardens, to the unforgettable experience the staff create for each and every visitor. More »

Vic - Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers in Milawa, north-eastern Victoria, is one of the icons of winemaking and wine tourism in Australia. Some wines are produced in quantities too small to make available for general release and can only be tried at the cellar door.  More » 

Vic - All Saints Estate

Set in a beautiful 120 year old castle at Rutherglen, the cellar door presents a large range of wines including crisp whites, true Rutherglen reds and luscious fortifieds. With a renowned restaurant and a cheese tasting room, this is truly one of the most spectacular vineyard settings in Australia. More »

NSW - Tyrrell's Vineyards

To discover 150 years of winemaking experience, take a trip to this Hunter Valley winery. Tyrrell's is proud to share its heritage and rich tradition by taking guests on a journey beyond the cellar door with winery tours so you can experience the art of winemaking Tyrrell's style. More »

Vic - Ten Minutes by Tractor

The cellar door at Ten Minutes by Tractor on the Mornington Peninsula is open 7 days a week and in the restaurant chef Stuart Bell further extends the wine tasting experience with a range of superb dishes to match and enjoy with your favourite wine. More »

SA - Peter Lehmann Wines

One of Australia's most respected and innovative winemakers, creating wines that delight wine lovers around the world. Down in the ironstone cellar, an enviable private art collection adorns the walls and friendly, welcoming staff share their local knowledge of the Barossa Valley. More »

Vic - Pettavel Winery

Located at the start of the Great Ocean Road, near Geelong, on the Bellarine Peninsula, Pettavel features a state-of-the-art winery, cellar door sales and a fine dining restaurant, all this positioned on a hilltop complete with vineyard, olive grove and sweeping views. More » 

Tas - Josef Chromy

Located just 15 minutes south of Launceston, the Josef Chromy cellar door is surrounded by landscaped gardens and includes a cafe sampling fresh Tasmanian produce. Warm yourself by the open log fire and taste fine cool climate wines. More »

Vic - Domaine Chandon

In the heart of the Yarra Valley and producing high quality sparkling and still wines. Domaine Chandon's tour is one of the most outstanding wine-tourism experiences in the world. With such outstanding wine on offer it's hard to resist buying at the cellar door. More »

SA - Penfolds Magill Estate

Penfolds Magill Estate cellar door is nestled in the foothills of Adelaide, only 15 minutes from the CBD. The winery exudes charm and character and is known for the creation of Australia's greatest wine, Penfolds Grange. An iconic wine tourism experience. More »

Vic - T'Gallant Winery

A delightful rustic winery nestled in the hills of the Mornington Peninsula, complete with a trattoria serving simple, stylish Italian food and a bar where you can sip wine, listen to music and eat wonderful wood-fired pizzas. The cellar door is a great place to try their fantastic wine. More »

WA - Vasse Felix Wines

Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in the Margaret River region. Visitors are welcomed by a unique underground cellar, a spectacular restaurant overlooking the vineyard and an exquisite art gallery. An unforgettable Margaret River experience. More »

Also:

Sirromet, Granite Belt, Queensland

Wily Trout Wines (and Poachers Pantry), just outside Canberra

Chapel Hill Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia

 

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