A group of Australia’s top wine writers have put together a list their favourite Australian cellar doors for Gourmet Wine Traveller magazine. A hot topic and a popular annual list, there are some new entrants into the Best Cellar Door list and some repeats from previous years.
Australian’s are becoming a lot more savvy not only with their wine tastes, but in what they expect at a winery’s cellar door. Likewise, wineries have realised that cellar doors can be much more than simply a method to sell wine. Food, setting, scenery and service can not only generate revenue of itself, but can increase the propensity of visitors to purchase wine based on a positive cellar door experience. Still, if you’re a purist, it’s the wine that counts. But clearly not every winery is aiming for the purist.
Tour de Vines was thrilled to read that many of the cellar doors we visit on our cycling tours have in fact made the list, and we’d like to congratulate (and gratuitously list) those fantastic wineries we visit that are featured in Australia’s Best Cellar Doors.
We have listed them here under the tour that visits each cellar door:
Tour de Mudgee Cellar Door
Best Large Cellar Door:Robert Oatley Vineyards
Best Additional Experience: Robert Stein Vineyard
Tour de Clare Valley
Star Cellar Door: O’Leary Walker
Best Large Cellar Door: Knappstein Winery and Brewery
Best Cellar Door with Food: Skillogalee
Best Small Cellar Door: Mount Horrocks Wine & Station Cafe
Tour de Murray to Mountains Rail Trail
Best Large Cellar Door: Gapsted Wines
Cellar Door with Best Food: Boyntons Feathertop
Tour de Milawa Gourmet Escape
Star Cellar Door & Best Tasting Experience: Brown Brothers
Best Additional Experience: Wood Park Wines at Milawa Cheese Factory
Contact Tour de Vines to find out how you can visit these fantastic cellar doors with us.