The Big Six: Australian vineyard stays
Saturday 23 October 2010
Where wine and art meet: Tasmania's impressive Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opens in January on the Moorilla Estate, a winery and brewery in the suburbs of Hobart. Get a preview at one of the eight pavilions – visually arresting apartments set on the winery dedicated to an Australian artist or architect and hung with artworks from the museum collection. Expect design classics, hi-tech fripperies and vineyard views.
Moorilla, 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Tasmania (00 61 3 6277 9900; moorilla.com.au). Pavilions start at A$320 (£206), including breakfast.
Longview Estate Lodge, South Australia
On the estate in the Adelaide Hills region, north-facing vines yield cabernet sauvignon, nebbiolo and shiraz, while south-facing slopes are planted with white varietals. Surveying it all is a collection of upscale lodgings.
The accommodation on Longview's stunning 200-acre property has become one of the Adelaide Hills' primary B&B destinations. Offering gourmet breakfast provisions, modern amenities and lush furnishings, you may never want to leave.
Longview Estate Lodge, Macclesfield, South Australia (00 61 8 8388 9694; longviewvineyard.com.au). Doubles start at A$180 (£116).
The Vineyards Estate, New South Wales
Dating back to the early 19th century, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. Hunter's heart lies in Pokolbin, the location of this luxury guesthouse where the eight suites are decorated in earthy hues that complement the scene outside. Thoughtful touches include fireplaces and a welcome bottle of local fizz. The on-site Restaurant Botanica has won a clutch of awards for both its modern menu and wine list.
The Vinyeard Estate, 555 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, New South Wales (00 61 2 6574 7229; thevineyardsestate.com.au). Suites start at A$340 (£219), including breakfast.
Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, South Australia
Barossa – South Australia's best known wine region – provides the setting for this intimate retreat, with elegant accommodation for two people in a cottage dating back to the 1860s.
Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, Barossa, South Australia (00 61 8 85634059; seppeltsfieldvineyardcottage.com.au). Doubles start at A$392 (£253), including breakfast.
Port Phillip Estate, Victoria
The striking architecture of the Port Phillip Estate can now be enjoyed for longer; six apartments recently opened to guests, offering an out-of-hours experience. The sleek accommodation can be combined with a visit of the estate's three vineyards.
Port Phillip Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria (00 61 3 5989 4444; portphillipestate.com.au). Apartments start at A$500 (£323).
Cullen Wines Homestead, Western Australia
Wine-growing in the Margaret River region was developed in the 1960s, when Diana and Kevin Cullen planted their first vines that are now completely organic. Accommodation is based at the granite and timber homestead.
Cullen Wines Homestead, Cowaramup, Western Australia (00 61 8 9755 5277; cullenwines.com.au). Doubles start at A$400 (£247).
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