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Place: Australia
Taking in Australia's Wine Country

Australia's Spectacular Wine Country

When you think of Australia, you don't automatically associate it with wine. Yet, there is some beautiful wine country in Australia with spectacular scenery and delicious wine. You can enjoy a leisurely trip through the five distinct regions in South Australia which have beautiful wine country.

In Adelaide Hills, you can enjoy the comforts and pace of the country, yet be close enough to one of Australia's major cities, Adelaide, with all of its attractions. The attractions of Adelaide Hills include plenty of vineyards to tour and wine to taste. It is close to the state of Victoria and you can even see some beautiful Victorian countryside.

Barossa. One of Australia's best wine producing regions, this valley is an absolute treat. Known throughout the world as a premier wine producer, Barossa's beauty and wine producing capabilities have attracted many European influences. Many of Barossa's villages resemble those found in Germany or England in terms of their architecture, tone and tradition. You can relax and enjoy an afternoon sipping local wine along with European specialties.

Clare Valley boasts Australia's Reisling Trail, dotted with cellars all the way. This 27 kilometer long trail is an extremely fine bike ride. You can stop and sample the local fare in the restaurants and hostels along the way, and complete the trail as quickly or as slowly as you like.

Fleurieu Peninsula. Stretching from just south of Adelaide this peninsula continues down to Cape Jarvis. As you can make out from its name, this peninsula has some French influences, fine wines included. The highlight of the peninsula is a beautiful wine-producing district called the McLaren Vale with close to 60 cellars. The proprietors of these cellars are known for encouraging tasting and treating guests to their exemplary hospitality.

Limestone Coast. This part of the Australian coast is named for the limestone that forms it. Even the region's wine is enriched by the rich limestone foundation. Soil gets decayed due to the Limestone and breaks down into nutrients. The natural aeration created by this decaying process is perfect for vineyards. And the world's most acclaimed wines are not all that the Limestone Coast has to offer its visitors. It also boasts of a system of underground caves that are so unique that they have been listed as a World Heritage Site. There are many ways to enjoy any or all of Australia's beautiful wine country. You can choose to travel by bike, car, or even hot air balloon. Hot air balloons allow you to get a bird's eye view of the countryside. Many cellars allow you to land in their vineyards and welcome you with a glass of wine.

Bike rides are also an enjoyable way to traverse through wine country. You can not only find great bike trails in Clare Valley, but wherever you go in the wine country. Australia's wine country is sure to provide you with not just style but substance.

Josh Cheak is the chief writer for, and editor of FRM Australia, it's one of the webs most up to date Australia sites, while you're there sign up for the free newsletter. If you want to read more Australia articles go to: