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It’s that time of year again, when rolling hills and sweeping vineyards are ablaze with autumnal hues of red, orange and yellow. Many wine regions are buzzing with the excitement of vintage, with the coming weeks offering the best chance for guests to witness the transformation of grapes to wine.
Read on for 5 unforgettable autumn outdoor experiences that reflect the true spirit of vineyard life.
Pedal and Picnic in the Vines
There’s nothing quite like the pace of a gentle cycle through stunning autumnal trees and vineyards. Cycle the grounds of Feathertop Winery in Porepunkah in the beautiful Alpine Valley of Victoria, then settle in with a picnic to watch the afternoon sun send its afternoon glow across the picturesque landscape. Don’t want to leave? Stay onsite in the Peggy Adelaide suite and relax in your outdoor balcony bath, glass of bubbles in hand, as the autumn sun sets over Mt Mt Buffalo. where you can soak away the sunset with a glass of bubbles in hand. Life doesn't get much better than this.
Fly Fishing at Josef Chromy
Cast off into glittering waters framed Mother Nature’s colourful autumn splendour. Learn the art of fly casting and gain an introduction to fly fishing with RiverFly Tasmania and Josef Chromy Winery. Set among the rolling hills of the winery, just fifteen minutes from Launceston, Josef Chromy’s pristine lake is the perfect setting to learn the craft with Tasmania’s leading fly-fishing guides. Worked up an appetite? Enjoy a complementary tasting at the Cellar Door and then retire to the restaurant for a two-course lunch of fine Tasmanian produce matched with wines.
Discover Wirra Wirra
In the heart of South Australia’s McLaren Vale, learn the secrets behind Wirra Wirra’s biodynamic vineyards with a hosted tour of the Scrubby Rise and Chook Block vineyards, made even more unforgettable during the glorious season of autumn. Taste biodynamic wines on the Wirra Wirra jetty, learn barrel ageing via a tour of the original ironstone cellars, and taste five of Wirra Wirra’s best wines complemented with a regional chocolate platter. Finish with a two-course lunch and matched wine from Harry’s Deli.
The fairy-tale apple orchards and vineyards of Printhie Wines in the New South Wales Region of Orange are nothing short of magical during the blue-sky autumn months. Savour the ultimate day-cation as you lounge on a picnic blanket, Printhie wine in hand, taking in the sensory delights of the rolling hills, quintessential farming sheds and dams, cradled in the protective shade of magnificent Mt Canobolas. Use your Printhie map to select your own perfect picnic spot, and then relax and enjoy lazy conversation as you relish the sweet and savoury gourmet treats in your picnic hamper. The Printhie Picnic experience also includes a guided tasting of selected Printhie wines.
Cape to Vine Day Trip
The Margaret River cape of Western Australia offers one of the most spectacular, untouched stretches of coastline in the world. Experience the power of the Indian Ocean and the unique and pristine flora and fauna of the region on this walking tour with award winning track specialists, Cape to Cape Explorer Tours. Explore the region’s natural secrets, deserted beaches, ancient granite boulders, limestone cliffs and secluded swimming spots, drenched in the beauty of this colourful season.
After working up an appetite, indulge the senses at Margaret River’s founding wine estate, Vasse Felix. Go behind the scenes for a tasting of the Vasse Felix Collection and take a walking journey through the original vineyards. Later, enjoy a lazy five-course tasting menu perfectly paired with wines, before selecting a bottle of Vasse Felix Premier wine to take away and share with loved ones.