Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, contributing editor of The Compass

4 Can’t-Miss Wineries Down Under

If you’re heading down under and are hoping to imbibe along the way, here are some wineries worth a visit. And be sure to check out these nearby national parks while you’re at it. Pinkies up when you’re down under.


  1. Jacob’s Creek in Barossa Valley

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    Jacob’s Creek vineyards in southern Australia stretch between the Barossa Valley to the Adelaide Hills and then to the Coonawarra, so there’s a lot to see and sample. Visitors can bike through the vineyards that lead to the winery with immersive experiences for all. From group tastings to intimate alfresco cooking classes and a gourmet picnic overlooking the vineyards and Barossa Ranges, everyone can get a taste of something they’d love. Our Table is an on-site restaurant renowned for their fresh seasonal food. Whether you’re dining for their daily lunch or a special, private function, every dish will pair with a wonderful wine and an incredible view of the land.

  2. Vasse Felix Estate in Margaret River

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    Margaret River’s wine, food, culture and history are all waiting for you down under in the modern winemaking Vasse Felix Estate. Attend a hosted tasting at the Cellar Door Bar, enjoy wine and charcuterie in the Wine Lounge, and relax with a long lunch-in at the Vasse Felix Restaurant. The original Vasse Felix winery is now an Art Gallery, preserved as a seasonal program of exhibitions to experience. You can also go beyond the cellar door with a specialized wine tour experience or go on a behind-the-scenes tour on a barrel tour.

New Zealand

  1. Brancott Estate in Marlborough

    Brancott Estate is located in Marlborough, New Zealand’s most popular wine region with warm, sunny days and chill, crisp nights. This area on the tip-top part of New Zealand’s south island was once considered too cold for grapes, but the fresh and bright wine it’s famous for (sauvignon blanc and pinot noir) proves otherwise nowadays. You can wine and dine at the Brancott Estate Cellar Door & Restaurant or experience exceptional wine wonders like the Falcon Encounter where you can meet a rare New Zealand falcon, a Karearea, close-up. The Brancott Estate revolves around working in harmony with nature, so this hour long experience proves that true. Or take a vineyard cycle tour, attend a sensory discovery guided wine workshop, embark on a 20-minute helicopter flight or participate in a classic educational wine tasting; that’s just the beginning of unique wine experiences offered at Brancott Estate.

  2. Breckenridge Lodge in Napier

    Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s second largest wine growing region for red wine and also home to Breckenridge Lodge. More than a winery, it’s a private boutique, luxury lodge in the Omarunui Valley that provides superb kiwi hospitality. Renowned chef Malcolm Redmond and host Ellie Zugel aim to create an intimate and personal gourmet food and wine experience for every guest using ingredients from their onsite organic garden, orchard and local markets. With only five rooms, each with their own vineyard view, this winery is overflowing with ambience.

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