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Make this Father’s Day one to remember with an immersive winery experience that goes well beyond the cellar door. From wine blending to fly fishing, the premium wineries in the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collective offer remarkable adventures in the world of wine, food and beyond.
Read on for some of the best.
Treat Dad to a family night out at Burning of the Vines at Sirromet on Father’s Day. Enjoy a specially curated three-course paddock to plate style menu, paired wines and live music on the Terrace and create treasured family memories around the fire, listening to outstanding live music.
Return another day for the Best of Queensland experience, including a tutored premium tasting followed by a delicious 5-course Tuscan inspired degustation with matching wines at Sirromet’s Tuscan Terrace.
NEW SOUTH WALES: Hunter Valley
Experience three of the Hunter Valley’s most iconic vineyards - Audrey Wilkinson, Brokenwood and Tyrrell's, as they team up to provide the ultimate Hunter Valley wine experience, Icons of the Hunter.
Your Dad will be treated to each of the winery’s quintessential signature wine experience for a truly premium and behind-the-scenes peek into their vineyards and wine making process. Click here to discover more and read the full itinerary.
In the picturesque wine region of Orange in New South Wales, treat dad to a five course degustation lunch at the newly opened Printhie Dining, at Printhie Wines, perched on the slopes of Mt Canobolas, 1000 metres above sea level, overlooking Printhie’s vineyards and heritage orchards.
Showcasing Australian native flavours and premium local produce, Chef Jack Brown crafts seasonally lead dishes that respect the provenance of the food and the producer, inspired by Printhie’s impeccable wines.
Take Dad on an excursion to the beautiful Nagambie Lakes region, where you’ll learn the art of wine blending at Tahbilk. During this special Winemaker’s Secret Art experience, you’ll and discover why “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” as you create your own unique wine to take home.
In the Yarra Valley, Treat Dad to a truly decadent tasting at De Bortoli Cellar Door with a Gourmet Food and Wine Experience. This privately hosted experience explores the iconic wine varietals from the Yarra Valley region and beyond, expertly matched with delicious nibblies. Top off your special day with an indulgent three-course Italian-inspired lunch at Locale Restaurant with matched wines.
Learn the art of fly fishing with RiverFly Tasmania and Josef Chromy Wines just outside of Launceston. Situated amongst the rolling hills of the winery, enjoy a memorable day with Dad, learning the basics of casting on the lake, followed by a complementary tasting at the Cellar Door and a fabulous two-course lunch matched with wines. Find out more HERE.
At nearby House of Arras, home to Australia’s most awarded sparkling wines, help dad become a ‘Sparkling Scholar’ and discover the history of Tasmania’s diverse grape-growing terroirs and varying climates. Sample the exquisite range of House of Arras sparkling wines, including vintage and non-vintage méthode traditionnelle wines during this premium masterclass.
If your precious Dad is a lover of fine wine, he’ll never forget a trip to iconic Penfolds where he can take a guided journey through the foundation of Penfolds as Australia’s leading red wine producer. The Ultimate Penfolds Experience tour starts with a visit to the Grange Cottage, the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, before viewing the Magill Estate winery, vintage cellar and underground drives, and concluding with an intimate tasting of Penfolds’ most awarded and sought after wines, including one vintage of Grange.
At world-famous Hardys Tintara in McLaren Vale, take dad on a journey deep into the darkness of the Hardys private cellars to find out how removing the sense of sight influences the wine experience. This fun and interactive Tasting in the Dark experience engages the senses like no other, as your host guides you through the wine tasting process and helps you gain a deeper understanding of your own palate and truly elevate your wine experience.
In the Barossa Valley, at the Seppeltsfield Centennial Cellar, Dad can taste Tawny made in his birth year directly from the barrel. Sometimes in life it is best to be the oldest in the group! This is a fascinating insight into the aging process of premium fortified wine, with Seppeltsfield being the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old single vintage wine each year.
Spend an incredible day or weekend in Margaret River, visiting three of the regions most acclaimed wineries, Voyager Estate, Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix. The Leeuwin Immersion Experience includes a tutored tasting and tour the Leeuwin Art Gallery, filled with contemporary Australian artworks that feature on the labels of the iconic ‘Art Series’ wines.
Explore Australia’s largest underground barrel cellar at Voyager Estate before indulging in a true degustation. This 7-course wine-paired lunch celebrates pristine local produce.
At Vasse Felix, Margaret River’s founding wine estate, book The Cellar Experience for a private tasting of historic wines in the exclusive Vault, followed by a three-course meal from the a la carte menu in the award-winning restaurant.
For a weekend dad will never forget, head to Mandoon Estate, just outside Peth in the spectacular Swan Valley. The Ultimate Experience includes a tasting and guided tour of the Estate, including the underground cellar, historic vineyard, the original Roe Family Homestead, Surveyor’s Room and Estate kitchen. The evening is spent at The Colony, where all rooms enjoy views of the meandering Swan River from spacious balconies.