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Celebrating International Cabernet Day on 30 August.
Cabernet Sauvignon reigns globally as the most cultivated grape variety, gracing vineyards from California to China, Italy to South Africa, and nearly every prominent wine-producing nation in between, making a strong case for its status as the world's favourite grape. Its origin story traces back to Bordeaux, where it emerged as the intriguing offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Australia proudly claims some of the planet's oldest Cabernet vines, with historical roots dating back to the 1850s in the Barossa and Langhorne Creek.
Check out some of our Ultimate Winery Experiences members below who make some cracking Cabernet Sauvignon:
The focus of Australia's outstanding Cabernet production has shifted to the Margaret River Region. Boasting a temperate maritime Mediterranean climate and gravel-rich soils, this area has become the prime hub for cultivating exceptional Australian Cabernet.
Vasse Felix's Cabernet Sauvignon excellence stems from thoughtfully nurtured Margaret River vineyards, harnessing the region's maritime climate and well-draining soils to craft their wines. Discover more on The Cellar Experience which commences with an historical tour, including a walk among vines planted in 1967, followed by an exclusive private tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in The Vault, the winery's historic museum. Discover current vintages, learn about the region's folklore, and enjoy a back vintage tasting. Your journey concludes with a five-course tasting menu paired with Icon wines at the renowned Vasse Felix Restaurant.
Voyager Estate crafts Cabernet Sauvignon with a meticulous blend of modern techniques and reverence for their vineyard, resulting in Margaret River wines of distinctive character. Join an Origins Tasting and Lunch experience commencing with a tasting of regional varietal wines in the Wine Room, including the latest Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon releases, followed by an exquisite wine-paired lunch in the Restaurant, celebrating sustainable local produce and the essence of the season.
Leeuwin Estate is renowned for producing excellent Cabernet Sauvignon wines that are highly regarded for their quality and expression of Margaret River's terroir. On the Seasonal Experience: Art, Wine, and Farm-to-Fork, you'll begin with an introduction to the winemaking ethos, then take a tour of the Leeuwin Art Gallery showcasing artworks on the iconic 'Art Series' labels, followed by a guided wine tasting and a three-course seasonal lunch at the award-winning Leeuwin Restaurant, all paired with Art Series wines.
In the Yarra Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon production thrives, yielding wines that reflect the region's unique terroir and cooler climate characteristics.
At Dominique Portet, the production of Cabernet Sauvignon showcases a blend of tradition and innovation, resulting in wines that capture the varietal's character and the unique terroir of the Yarra Valley. Discover more on an André Experience where you will embark on a behind-the-scenes estate tour led by Dominique Portet's seasoned wine educators, delving into 10 generations of winemaking heritage, followed by a guided wine tasting in the André room, featuring a thoughtfully curated array of their latest Yarra Valley releases, encompassing single vineyard offerings and the flagship André Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Adelaide Hills region is known for producing high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The cool climate of the Adelaide Hills contributes to the production of elegant and well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon wines with distinct character and flavour profiles.
Penfolds is renowned for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon wines, with a focus on blending different vineyard sources and regions to create complex and high-quality expressions of the varietal. Their Cabernet Sauvignon offerings are highly regarded in the world of wine. Embark on a guided historical tour of Penfolds Magill Estate on a Penfolds Iconic Experience, where your host will guide you through the Grange Cottage, vintage cellar, underground drives, and Max Schubert’s hidden Grange spot, followed by a structured wine tasting of coveted selections and a three-course lunch prepared by Magill Estate Kitchen, expertly paired with three Penfolds wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon production in the Barossa Valley results in rich and robust wines.
St Hugo focuses on crafting high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon expressions that showcase the characteristics of their specific vineyard sites, resulting in wines that are highly regarded for their quality and elegance. Elevate your wine experience on a St Hugo & Riedel Masterclass and Lunch experience. Take a guided journey showcasing how glassware enhances the taste of St Hugo wines, exploring the impact of varietal-specific wine glasses on the character of each wine, with the option to conclude the experience with a four-course lunch paired with two glasses of your preferred St Hugo wine in the restaurant.