Hooray! Spring is hereeeeeee and nothing says ‘spring’ quite like the chance to frock up for a trip to wine country for the weekend…and what better way to enjoy the vines than to stay among them. There are some absolutely amazing winery digs throughout Australia and we’ve whittled down our favourites. From staying at a ridiculously lavish private vineyard (a girl can dream, right?) to super affordable lodging in the renowned Hunter Valley, here’s our list of accommodation among the vines. It’s wine time!
Written by Jade Just – Contributing Travel Editor. Cover image: Jackalope Hotel.
The Convent, Hunter Valley, NSW
You can’t really go wrong staying in a boutique hotel that’s just 2.5 hours from Sydney’s CBD, boasting a cellar door (Pepper Tree Wines) right across the lawn. The Convent is perfect for a weekend of R&R and lucky Sydneysiders can head there straight from the office on a Friday. The exterior is something to admire and the surrounding gardens make it ideal for families with kids who have energy to burn. Through the main door the luxurious interior and furnishings are a nod to the hotel’s heritage – it was built way back in 1909. Not only is the tipple at your doorstep but there’s also fantastic dining options at the onsite Circa 1876 restaurant.
From approx $240 per night. Head to convent.com.au for more info.
Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula, Vic
We honestly can’t get enough of Jackalope and it’s no surprise that it was awarded the top gong at the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards. There is just so much to like, sorry, LOVE, from the simple elegance of the monochrome suites to the visual feast in the onsite restaurant’s dining room. It’s an instagrammers dream and the pics clearly speak for themselves. Even if it’s just for a night…gather your girlfriends, pack your best heels and LBD, and get booked in.
From approx $580 per night. Head to jackalopehotels.com for more info.
Cape Lodge, Margaret River, WA
Stunning Cape Lodge in WA’s most famous wine region has everything you need for a country getaway. With a pool, tennis court, expansive gardens, countless spa treatments and the option to head out for a guided tour of the local wineries, it’s ideal for vacationers who want plenty of options. The lodge itself is perched overlooking a lake with a dining room that produces outstanding dishes featuring local produce.
From approx $330 per night. Head to capelodge.com.au for more info.
The Louise, Barossa Valley, SA
Hardcore wine aficionados will undoubtedly have the Barossa Valley on their bucket list, and there’s no better way to experience it than with a stay at The Louise. With panoramic views over the vines, guaranteed privacy in one of only 15 suites, and the acclaimed Appellation Restaurant it’s tempting not to leave the hotel at all. If you do decide to venture out you’ve got countless cellar doors and vineyards on your doorstep. Top tip: break up the wine tasting with a sunrise hot air ballon ride (ah-maz-ing!).
From approx $590 per night. Head to thelouise.com.au for more info.
MONA Pavilions, Hobart, Tasmania
The MONA Pavilions, each named after a notable Australian architect or artist, overlook the scenic Derwent River on the MONA museum estate and break the mould of traditional self-contained accommodation. Each pavilion oozes individualised sophistication with state of the art kitchen, private cellar and access to the infinity pool and sauna. Once you’ve picked up your mouth from the floor at the sight of the luxe pavilions you can head for some wine tasting at the estate’s winery, Moorilla Winery, or there’s the exceptional restaurants to try, along with two bars and a brewery (they’ve seriously got everything at MONA). Note: If you’re visiting with the family opt for the ‘Roy’ pavilion – the most spacious of the eight pavilions, which includes two bedrooms.
From $551 per night. Head to mona.net.au/stay for more info.
Feathertop Chateau, Alpine Valleys, Victoria
Fancy having vineyards at your back door, and snow just a hop, skip and a jump away. The Feathertop Chateau is the absolute height of luxury among the vineyards and is just an hour from the ski fields in Falls Creek and Mt Hotham. The chateau has four bedrooms and can accomodate up to ten guests with access to a private driver and exceptional chef. With the heated lap pool and spa, and estate wine, beer and local cheese already included, you don’t even have to go anyway!
From $2,800 per night. Head to luxehouses.com.au for more info.