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Best Road Trip Destinations for Wine Lovers

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One of the truly enjoyable experiences of a campervan road trip is relaxing somewhere scenic with a good glass of wine. Whether you’re a wine aficionado – or you just appreciate a good drop now and then, it’s worth checking out a few great winery destinations on your next Australian road trip.

With 10 Maui branches around Australia, we make it easy to rent a travel van and hit the road. You can even pick up your Maui campervan in one state and drop it off in another. You could start your Australian road trip with a glass of Shiraz in South Australia and finish with a drop of Cabernet in Hobart (once you’re parked up for the night of course!).

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Where does the best wine come from in Australia?

Australia is internationally renowned for its fantastic wine. This is thanks to its ideal vine-growing conditions in large parts of the country.

Australia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of wine. We also have a big domestic market with around 500 million litres of wine being consumed by Australians each year!

In particular, Australia is known for its Shiraz, Chardonnay, and other bold red wines. Wine is produced in every state of the country, although most of our wine regions are in the southern regions including South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. This is due to the ideal climate and soil conditions.

Ready to plan your South Australian road trip or prepare an NSW trip planner? Let’s take a look at some of the wineries in each, along with WA, Queensland, Victoria, and Tasmania.

Destinations for wine lovers in South Australia

South Australia is home to many fantastic wineries and wine regions, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, and McLaren Vale. Here are a few wineries worth adding to your road trip itinerary planner:

Rockford Wines

Address: 131 Krondorf Road, Tanunda, South Australia

Nearest Maui branch: Adelaide

At Rockford Wines, you’ll find a great range of quality traditional wines made from some of the best old Barossa vineyards. The winery and cellar door sales are part of a paved courtyard surrounded by stone buildings dating back to the early settlement of Krondorf.

Peter Lehmann Wines

Address: Para Road, Tanunda, South Australia

Nearest Maui branch: Adelaide

Peter Lehmann Wines are a celebration of Australia’s Barossa wine community. From their Sparkling Pinot Noir to their Masters Botrytis Semillon, every bottle tells its own unique story of people and place. The winery’s cellar door, Hoffmann Cellar, is one of the original Barossan wineries, built in the 1880s. On a sunny day, the picnic tables beneath the red gum trees offer the perfect place to relax and share a bottle with friends.

Hentley Farm

Address: Corner of Gerald Roberts Rd and Jenke Rd, Seppeltsfield, SA

Nearest Maui branch: Adelaide

Single estate boutique winery Hentley Farm is nestled amongst rolling hills in the west of the Barossa Valley. A must-do on your Australia road trip planner, Hentley Farm produces exceptional wines. We recommend planning your visit for lunch and enjoying a Lunch Discovery Experience at the winery’s restaurant, The Atrium.

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Destinations for wine lovers in Western Australia

Western Australia is home to many fantastic wineries and wine regions, including Margaret River, Swan District and Blackwood Valley.

Mitchelton Winery

Address: 470 Mitchellstown Rd Nagambie, Vic

Nearest Maui branch: Melbourne

Looking for one of the best things to do in Western Australia? You can’t go wrong with a stop at Mitchelton Winery. More than just a winery, this Western Australia destination offers a chance to experience the history, beauty, and serenity of the Goulburn Valley at your own pace. Look out over the vineyards from the iconic tower, relax in the day spa, and explore the seasonal menu at The Muse. Be sure to plan a cellar door tasting to sample some of the winery’s signature wines.

Sandalford Winery, Swan Valley

Address: 3210 West Swan Road, Caversham WA

Nearest Maui branch: Perth

Established in 1840, Sandalford Wines is one of the oldest winemakers in Western Australia. One of the best ways to experience the great wines on offer here is with a Captain Cook Cruises’ Gourmet Wine Cruise. You’ll travel to the Sandalford Swan Valley Estate by water along the Swan River. Once there, you’ll be treated to guided wine tasting followed by a gourmet grazing board luncheon. Oh, and did we mention desserts (and more wine!) on the cruise back?

Millbrook Winery

Address: Old Chestnut Lane, Jarrahdale WA

Nearest Maui branch: Perth

Boutique winery and acclaimed restaurant, Millbrook, is located in the historic town of Jarrahdale in Western Australia. This picturesque winery sits within a gorgeous chestnut farm, nestled among jarrah forests with stunning views of the countryside landscape.

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Destinations for wine lovers in Queensland

Queensland is home to many fantastic wineries and wine regions, including South Burnett, Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim.

Sirromet Winery

Address: 850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton, Queensland

Nearest Maui branch: Brisbane

If you’re planning a visit to Sirromet Winery, (and we suggest you do!), our recommendation is a Lavender Hill Premium Picnic Hamper experience. You’ll enjoy a premium picnic spot with a gourmet food hamper and a bottle of wine of your choice. You’ll be super comfy with a picnic rug, cushions, and a table. All you have to do is bask in the sunshine with friends and enjoy!

Witches Falls Winery

Address: 79 Main Western Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD

Nearest Maui branch: Brisbane

Located on Tamborine Mountain in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, Witches Falls is one of Queensland’s largest wine producers and a must-see winery on your Australian road trip. The winery’s winemaking practices combine traditional techniques and modern techniques to create incredible wines of all varieties.

Boireann Winery

Address: 26 Donnellys Castle Rd, Thulimbah, QLD

Nearest Maui branch: Brisbane

Fancy a nice drop of red? Be sure to add Boireann Winery to your road trip itinerary planner! Located in a beautiful valley in the northern Granite Belt, the vineyard of Boireann Wines is planted with French and Italian red grape varieties and produces cool climate wines with great intensity, quality, and longevity.

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Destinations for wine lovers in New South Wales

New South Wales is home to many fantastic wineries and wine regions, including Hunter Valley, Canberra and Mudgee. Here are a few wineries worth adding to your NSW trip itinerary planner:

Audrey Wilkinson

Address: 750 De Beyers Road, Pokolbin (Hunter Valley) NSW

Nearest Maui branch: Sydney

Audrey Wilkinson winery’s cellar door sits atop a foothill of the Brokenback Mountain Range in the Hunter Valley. Visitors to the cellar door can enjoy a wander through the winery’s winemaking museum. Housed in the original winery, the museum showcases the fascinating history of the Wilkinson family.

Mount Majura Vineyard

Address: 88 Lime Kiln Rd Majura ACT 2609

Nearest Maui branch: Sydney

Mount Majura Vineyard lies near the top of the Majura Valley, just outside the city of Canberra. This winery is nationally recognised as a leading small winery for both its flagship variety, Tempranillo, as well as its Riesling. A must-do, while you’re here, is a self-guided vineyard tour where you can learn about the site and viticulture, and take in the incredible views from the top of the hill.

The Cellar by Gilbert (Gilbert Family Wines)

Address: 137 Ulan Road, Mudgee, NSW

Nearest Maui branch: Sydney

After six generations of winemaking in Australia, the Gilbert family opened The Cellar by Gilbert in 2016. The beautiful sandstone building, located on the edge of town in Mudgee, offers guests the chance to enjoy award-winning wines and share plates made from locally sourced and homegrown produce in a relaxed, wine-bar-like environment.

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Destinations for wine lovers in Victoria

Victoria is home to many fantastic wineries and wine regions, including Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, and the Grampians.

Rochford Winery

Address: 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC

Nearest Maui branch: Melbourne

Well known for its award-winning wines, Rochford Winery is one of the top wineries near Melbourne offering a one-stop Yarra Valley experience like no other. Our top recommendation is Rochford’s Bottomless Breakfast which includes a pastry basket on arrival, a choice of main course and unlimited wine, juice, coffee and mimosas!

Jack Rabbit Winery

Address: 85 McAdams Lane, Bellarine Victoria

Nearest Maui branch: Melbourne

We suggest heading to Jack Rabbit Winery with an appetite! Stay for lunch at House of Jack Rabbit Café or enjoy fine dining at Jack Rabbit Restaurant. Or for something just a little different, book a Jack Rabbit Long Leisurely Lunch with Port Phillip Ferries & Wine Wheels. Sail across the bay via Port Phillip Ferries service on a catamaran running between Docklands & Portarlington. Then spoil yourself at Jack Rabbit Vineyard.

Shadowfax Wines

Address: K Road, Werribee, Victoria

Nearest Maui branch: Melbourne

Located just 30 minutes from Melbourne in the heart of Werribee Park, Shadowfax Wines produce handcrafted wines with renowned varieties including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Shiraz as well as a selection of highly limited, single-vineyard wines. Take the opportunity to sample the great wines, purchase from the cellar door, enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant or take a stroll through the picturesque surrounds and the neighbouring formal gardens of Werribee Park.

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Destinations for wine lovers in Tasmania

Tasmania is home to many fantastic wineries and wine regions, including Tamar Valley, East Coast and Coal River Valley.

Frogmore Creek Winery

Address: 699 Cambridge Road, Cambridge TAS

Nearest Maui branch: Hobart

Frogmore Creek Winery’s highly acclaimed wines are produced from the genuine cool climate of southern Tasmania, where grapes benefit from a long growing season within the pristine natural environment. Combine this with Frogmore’s purist approach to winemaking and their philosophy of environmental sustainability, the result is a seriously good wine.

Bay Of Fires Winery

Address: 40 Baxters Road, Pipers River, Tasmania

Nearest Maui branch: Hobart

Founded in the 1990s by a team of dedicated winemaking and viticultural professionals, Bay of Fires Winery creates alluring wines that are distinctively Tasmanian. Each wine is produced from hand-picked Tasmanian fruit, specially selected for quality and character.

Ghost Rock Wines Tasmania

Address: 1055 Port Sorell Road, Northdown TAS

Nearest Maui branch: Hobart

Nestled into the rolling fields of coastal Northern Tasmania, Ghost Rock Wines Tasmania is the perfect spot to add to your Australian road trip itinerary planner. Spend an afternoon at the cellar door and eatery, enjoying fine wine and great food. Check out their events page online for upcoming Concert in the Vines events.

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Keen to try the best Australian wine?

Now that your appetite for a cool Chardonnay or a smooth Pinot has been whetted, it’s time to plan your own Australian winery road trip! The first step is to book your Maui camper online and then pick it up from your nearest maui branch.

As part of your Australian road trip, it’s a good idea to book some camping spots and campgrounds along the way. To help you plan your trip, take a look through some of our handy blogs: