Taking in Australia's Wine Country
The Enchantment of Australia's Wine Country
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Australia is usually not the wine. However, Australia has some beautiful wine country with five distinct regions in the state of South Australia. The wine is delicious, and the scenery spectacular. And, in typical Australian fashion, there is no reason to hurry through any of it.
In Adelaide Hills, you can enjoy the comforts and pace of the country, yet be close enough to one of Australia's major cities, Adelaide, with all of its attractions. The attractions of Adelaide Hills include plenty of vineyards to tour and wine to taste. It is close to the state of Victoria and you can even see some beautiful Victorian countryside.
Barossa. One of Australia's best wine producing regions, this valley is an absolute treat. Known throughout the world as a premier wine producer, Barossa's beauty and wine producing capabilities have attracted many European influences. Many of Barossa's villages resemble those found in Germany or England in terms of their architecture, tone and tradition. You can relax and enjoy an afternoon sipping local wine along with European specialties.
Clare Valley. Clare Valley boasts Australia's Reisling Trail. The trail is 27 kilometers long, and is considered a very fine bike ride. Most of the areas 40 cellars are on the route, and so you can stop and sample the local fare. There are also plenty of restaurants and hostels along the way, allowing you to complete the trail as quickly or as slowly as you would like.
Fleurieu Peninsula. Stretching from just south of Adelaide this peninsula continues down to Cape Jarvis. As you can make out from its name, this peninsula has some French influences, fine wines included. The highlight of the peninsula is a beautiful wine-producing district called the McLaren Vale with close to 60 cellars. The proprietors of these cellars are known for encouraging tasting and treating guests to their exemplary hospitality.
Limestone Coast bears the name because of the limestone that forms this part of the Australian coast. The wine produced in this region is of superior quality because of the rich limestone foundation. Limestone causes the soil to decay and it in turn breaks down into nutrients. The decaying process also creates natural aeration, which is ideal for growing vineyards. Limestone Coast is listed as a World Heritage Site because of some of the world's most acclaimed wines, and its system of unique underground caves.
There are many ways to enjoy any or all of Australia's beautiful wine country. You can choose to travel by bike, car, or even hot air balloon. Hot air balloons allow you to get a bird's eye view of the countryside. Many cellars allow you to land in their vineyards and welcome you with a glass of wine.
It is also enjoyable to bike ride through wine country. Clare Valley is not the only bicycle friendly place. You will find bike trails wherever you go. There is no doubt that wine country in Australia has as much style as it has substance.
This article was posted on November 26, 2005
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