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By KAYAK Australia

With over 60 wine regions across Australia, the local wineries give France and Italy’s famous regions a run for their money. But when there’s so much choice, where do you start to get the best winery experiences?

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite wineries for you to explore, so whether you’re a wine connoisseur or still not sure what the point in rosé is, these five estates will tickle your taste buds.

Here’s our list of the best winery experiences in Australia to try at least once in this lifetime.

Take a peek through their cellar doors:

Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River WA

Australia's Best Winery Experiences: Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River

Equipped with the latest in wine-making technology, Leeuwin is one of the most modern wineries in the Margaret River region. Family-owned, the estate is one of the five founding wineries within the region and has received international accolades year on year, with its Chardonnay being a top pick. Don’t despair if you are heading home shortly after: Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets around the world so you can make sure you’re well stocked up throughout the year.

As well as wine tasting, check out the website for the latest music events put on throughout the year or take a look at the art gallery on site. Leeuwin Estate is open daily 10am – 5pm for behind the scene winery tours, tastings and cellar sales & Saturday evenings for dinner.

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Skillogalee, Clare Valley SA

Skillogalee is a boutique family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of the picturesque Clare Valley. With history dating back to 1940, this winery now offers world-class wines including Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. If you want to spend the whole day here, we definitely wouldn’t blame you as it has proven to be one of the best winery experiences for locals and international visitors. The onsite restaurant is one of the best in the valley with an outside verandah under the shade of a beautiful olive tree, so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and even treat yourself to some afternoon tea.

Skillogalee is 135 km north of Adelaide and is open 7.30am-5pm every day, excluding Christmas Day.

Australia's Best Winery Experiences: Skillogalee, Clare Valley

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Pieter Van Gent Winery, Mudgee NSW

Pieter Van Gent made the first Chardonnay wine in Australia in 1971 and consequently went on to win every wine medal possible during his career, so it would be a mistake to leave his vineyard off our best winery experiences list. The cellar door is set in an old barrel room, with church pew seating and gilded wine bottles suspended from the ceiling. From Wednesday to Sunday, they also do a chocolate and wine pairing with locally-made pralines, so make sure you plan your trip to arrive later on in the week.

The Estate also has its own bicycle wine tour so you can visit numerous wineries around Mudgee as well as stopping at a local lunch spot for some wood-fired pizza.

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Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard, Hunter Valley NSW

Krinklewood offers its guests a wine tasting experience with a difference. Taking inspiration from French vineyards, the cellar door is set amongst Provençal gardens, with the Wollombi Brook and Brokenback Range as its backdrop. This winery is breaking ground with its 100% biodynamic, sustainable farm, so you can taste a truly holistic, organic and unique quality in the wines.

There’s a high chance that you might really fall in love with Krinklewood wine, so why not think about becoming part of the family? You’ll receive your favourite biodynamic, organic wine delivered straight to your door, twice a year.

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Devil’s Corner Cellar Door & Lookout, Apslawn, TAS

Australia's Best Wineries: Devil's Corner, Tasmania

Devil’s Corner Cellar Door is one of Tassie’s most beautiful vineyards, proving to be one of the best winery experiences around. The cellar door itself is made from rustic materials which perfectly contrast to Tasmania’s natural setting, located on the edge of a lagoon with views across the Hazards and Freycinet Peninsula.

This vineyard is more than just a place to enjoy amazing wine, and we recommend leaving enough time to watch the sunset in the evening. Sit back and relax on the deck to take in the panoramic views and order a plate of freshly-shucked oysters to accompany a glass of their award-winning pinot grigio.

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