Discover some of Australia’s Best Cellar Doors.
When it comes to wine, we really are the lucky country. We’re blessed with a number of world-renowned wine regions which bring with them the joy of glorious day trips or indulgent weekends away, traversing through stunning rural vistas, enjoying not just wine tastings but fabulous gourmet food offerings, art, and the picturesque grounds of the wineries themselves.
Across Australia’s various wine regions, there are without doubt dozens of beautiful wineries, but we’ve chosen a handful to feature that we believe are stand-outs and should be on everyone’s ‘Must Visit’ list.
1. PT. LEO ESTATE – Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Gracing 330 glorious acres on Victoria’s spectacular Mornington Peninsula is award-winning Pt. Leo Estate. Combining striking contemporary architecture, world-class art amongst beautifully landscaped gardens and sweeping views that incorporate stunning rural vista’s out to the bay and Phillip Island, Pt.Leo Estate is an absolute must visit for wine connoisseurs, foodies and those who simply appreciate natural beauty.
Passing through a Grand Arch, guests are greeted with a unique wave-like concrete structure and a 70-year-old Queensland King Bottle tree, making arriving at Pt. Leo’s cellar door an experience in itself. Sourcing seasonal Victorian and local Mornington Peninsula produce Pt Leo Estate offers three exciting dining experiences as well as unique experiences such as Saturday night’s where the cellar door is transformed into a champagne, cocktail and caviar bar. See more.
2. PETER TEAKLE WINES – Port Lincoln, SA
Ever since Peter Teakle Wines opened the doors to its iconic Cellar Door in 2020, the distinctive building has become synonymous with the Eyre Peninsula. Locals and tourists alike have flocked to the multi-million dollar Port Lincoln landmark, which has become well-known for its curved aesthetic, reminiscent of a three giant wine barrels.
The award-winning cellar door is the latest addition to the Peter Teakle Wines estate, following award-winning The Line & Label Restaurant, which opened in 2018 and the Eyre Peninsula’s first multi-million dollar, 100-tonne crushing facility in 2019. Set on a picturesque hillside overlooking Port Lincoln and Boston Bay, Peter Teakle Wines offers unrivaled views and in addition to the restaurant, cellar door and crushing facility, the winery also boasts a stunning wedding garden, herb and vegetable gardens and picturesque vineyards. See more.
3. HUNGERFORD HILL – Hunter Valley, NSW
Hungerford Hill is one of the great success stories of the renowned Hunter Valley wine region. Over the past 50 years they have worked to deliver exquisite wines that represent the history and culture of the region, promising a drop of history in every glass. The recent acquisition of the award-winning Sweetwater vineyard and the famous Dalwood vineyard have seen Hungerford Hill’s reputation and range grow as they incorporate Australia’s oldest continually operating vineyard.
With a multitude of vineyards, the experience of tasting and discovering the produce is brought to discerning clients at The Estate – one of the Hunter’s most beautiful and architecturally striking cellar doors. From the Tasting Room to Muse Restaurant and beyond into the alfresco Sculpture Courtyard, Hungerford Hill showcases the very best of what Australia has to offer, be it visual or vino. See more.
4. D’ARENBERG – McLaren Vale, SA
This renowned McLaren Vale winery, not only boasts one of the most iconic cellar doors in Australia, it also has a rich family history.
Managing Director Francis d’Arenberg Osborn (known by all as d’Arry)Best is a third-generation winemaker. Recently turning 95, d’Arry has completed 72 consecutive vintages having started making wine at the age of 16! d’Arry took over from his father in 1957 and soon after created the d’Arenberg brand with the famous red stripe. d’Arry’s wines instantly made an impact on the Australian wine scene. In 1984 d’Arry handed over the winemaking reigns to his son, Chester and it was Chester who came up with the idea to build the iconic d’Arenberg Cube, inspired by the complexities and puzzles of wine-making. See more.
5. WINMARK WINES – Hunter Valley, NSW
Winmark Wines has a long history as one of the best Hunter Valley vineyards. It was established long ago in the premium soils of the Broke Fordwich area, originally as the renowned Pooles Rock vineyard which had a reputation as the best Hunter Valley vineyard of its time. It was sold in 2011 and when purchased in 2016 by current owner, Karin Adcock, it was neglected and rundown. The property has since been lovingly restored with no expense spared, bringing to it Karin’s passion for design and art, and transforming the 130 breathtaking acres into a must visit destination that connects wine, art and nature. See more.