Winter is a time for wonderful food and magnificent backdrops and the best drop the Australian wine industry can muster.
So as the colder months approach, we're sharing with you two winter escapes to the cellar door where you can curl up in front of open fires and enjoy some of the best grapes grown at Australian wineries.
First stop is Angas Plains Wines, a 1hr journey from Adelaide, nestled in the stunning Angas Plains countryside. Everything you need for a long lunch sampling their wonderful array of locally gown wines is on offer here.
Sitting down at your table in the alfresco dining area, you are greeted with sweeping views over the vineyard and the wonderful gardens that wrap around the acreage.
The menu is listed as contemporary, but it's really designed by taste to go with the stunning assortment of home-grown whites and reds.
I'd suggest a trip to the cellar door for tasting first, then enjoy your selections over a meal before heading back to the cellar door to make your purchases.
Open from Thursday – Monday 11am – 5pm, Angas Plains Wines is the perfect destination to spend a winter weekend!
Located 1 hour north of Tamworth in the beautiful New England region of NSW is Merilba Estate Wines.
Set at 860m above sea level, Merilba's vineyard grows grapes for Semillon, Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, a taste to suit every occasion and taste.
The cellar door is located about 10 minutes from the Vineyard in nearby Kingston and offers a wonderful contemporary style menu to compliment the large range of wines available.
As with all cellar door/restaurant combinations, try your hand at the wine tasting before your meal, it will give you a great idea of the best wine for your pallet.
Open only from Saturday – Sunday 11am – 4pm, Merilba Estate is a wonderful destination for that weekend wine, lunch/brunch treat.
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