27 August 2021
This Father’s Day, invites dads who enjoy a tipple to venture beyond the cellar door for behind-the-scenes winery experiences, masterclasses and gastronomic adventures at Australia’s world-class wine regions.
Or, treat Dad to an unforgettable weekend away. From food foraging to blending experiences, the premium wineries within the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collective offer remarkable adventures in the world of wine, food and beyond.
Are you based in Queensland? Treat Dad to a family night out at Burning of the Vines at Sirromet on Father’s Day. Enjoy a specially curated three-course menu, paired wines and live music on the Terrace while creating treasured family memories around the fire, listening to live music.
Return another day for the Best of Queensland experience, including a tutored premium tasting followed by a five-course Tuscan-inspired degustation with matching wines at Sirromet’s Tuscan Terrace.
The Hunter Valley in New South Wales offers experiences at three of the Valley’s most iconic vineyards – Audrey Wilkinson, Brokenwood and Tyrrell’s – as they team up to provide the ultimate Hunter Valley wine experience, Icons of the Hunter.
Dad will be treated to each of the winery’s quintessential signature wine experiences for a truly premium and behind-the-scenes peek into their vineyards and winemaking process. Discover more and read the full itinerary.
In the picturesque wine region of Orange in NSW, take dad on a journey to discover the secrets behind méthode traditionnelle Swift Sparkling at Printhie Wines. The guided walking tour of the vineyard offers a rare insight into the process of creating one of Australia’s finest sparkling brands, from base wine to the disgorging and ageing process.
The Sparkling Masterclass includes a private tasting of the Swift Sparkling range, where you’ll taste 10-year-old sparkling wines and enjoy a delightful three-course alfresco lunch in the rustic Chaff Shed.
Victoria offers an array of world-class growing regions. Take dad on an excursion to the beautiful Nagambie Lakes region, where you’ll learn the art of wine blending at Tahbilk. During this special Winemaker’s Secret Art experience, you can create your own unique wine to take home.
The King Valley offers a Pop & Fizz tour at Pizzini Wines, where a sensory immersion awaits. Prepare for an energetic, fun-filled 45-minute session that will introduce lesser-known aspects of the Prosecco personality.
Who knew Prosecco could pair so perfectly with the likes of popcorn?
Nearby, Brown Brothers awaits, one of Australia’s oldest and most loved wineries. On a Food & Wine Adventure, discover Brown Brothers’ rich history as pioneers of winemaking in Victoria and forage in the kitchen garden with the chefs for ingredients to include in your exclusively designed lunch.
In the stunning Victorian Alpine Region, the Vineyard & Winery Discovery Tour at Feathertop Winery in Porepunkah takes you to the inner sanctum of Feathertop. This behind-the-scenes tour reveals the wine crushing operations, winemaking philosophy and even includes some tank samples, when available. Finish with a wine tasting of current release wineries.
Feel like extending your stay? Book one or two nights at Feathertop in boutique accommodation, where you can relax with a glass of red, as the weather rolls over the mountain tops.
Treat Dad to a truly decadent tasting in the Yarra Valley at De Bortoli Cellar Door with a Gourmet Food and Wine Experience. This privately hosted experience explores the iconic wine varietals from the Yarra Valley region and beyond, expertly matched with delicious nibbles.
Top off your special day with an indulgent three-course, Italian-inspired lunch at Locale Restaurant with matched wines.
The cool, maritime climate of the Mornington Peninsula creates the ideal growing environment for the early ripening varieties pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris.
Montalto’s Discovery Tasting offers a unique insight into the roles played by variety, site and winemaking in producing these world-class cool-climate wines.
Spoil dad with a guided educational tasting, including wines from current releases and back vintages, as well as limited bottlings not available away from the estate. Next, take a seat in the beautiful Piazza, where the seasonal menu is drawn from Montalto’s produce gardens. After lunch, take your time to explore the grounds, home to the famous Montalto Sculpture Prize.
Heading South, Tasmania’s Moorilla at MONA is where wine, food, art and luxury accommodation combine just 20 minutes from Hobart. During the Moorilla Decanted tour, you’ll be treated to a private tour of Tasmania’s second-oldest vineyard, tasting back vintage wine.
Later, enjoy a tasting of Moorilla’s three distinct series – Praxis, Muse and Cloth Label – decanted into spiffy crystal glassware. Take home a complimentary bottle of wine from the Muse series.
Lovers of fine wine are unlikely to forego a trip to South Australia’s iconic Penfolds, where dad can take a guided journey through the foundation of Penfolds as Australia’s leading producer of red wine.
The Ultimate Penfolds Experience tour starts with a visit to the Grange Cottage, the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, before viewing the Magill Estate winery, vintage cellar and underground drives, and concluding with an intimate tasting of Penfolds’ most awarded and sought after wines, including one vintage of Grange.
McLaren Vale, also in South Australia, offers sweeping vistas of the stunning wine region viewed from the top of the d’Arenberg Cube, an architectural masterpiece in the heart of McLaren Vale. Peruse the Alternate Realities Museum before joining the Blending Bench for an interactive winemaking experience.
You’ll even get to bottle, name and label a 750 ml sample of your original creation to take home.
Not far away, Gemtree Wines’ 206 acres of certified organic and biodynamic vineyards lie waiting to be explored. Demystify biodynamics on the Being Biodynamic tour, where you’ll take a guided tour of the Biodynamic Hut and discover how this philosophy is applied in the vineyards, and enjoy a regional platter with Gemtree wine.
Book Yalumba’s Signature Tour in the Barossa Valley for an unforgettable day out for a journey into the history, symbolism and provenance of one of Australia’s most iconic wines. During this tour, you’ll be escorted to the Signature Vineyard at Lights Pass for a tasting among the vines, home to the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown for The Signature.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a decadent lunch paired with Yalumba’s Rare and Fine collection in one of Yalumba’s iconic dining spaces.
A Father’s Day picnic is the perfect gift. Book a Picnic Perfect at Jacob’s Creek and relax with dad over a delicious spread sourced from local producers, a bottle of Jacob’s Creek wine, recyclable cutlery and plates, and a picnic blanket to keep.
Take your pick of the best picnic spots around the site, using a Jacob’s Creek map as a guide. Before or after, enjoy a complimentary tasting flight and take in the sweeping Barossa Valley views of vineyards and hills.
Seppeltsfield is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year-old single vintage wine each year.
Cruise the grand entrance to St Hugo, flanked by an impressive plantation of cork trees. Discover how glassware influences the taste and enjoyment of St Hugo wines and why the shape of a glass draws different characters and personality from different wines on a St Hugo and Riedel Masterclass.
Margaret River is recognised the world over for its beautiful wine. Spend an incredible day or weekend in Margaret River, visiting three of the region’s most-acclaimed wineries, Voyager Estate, Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix.
The Leeuwin Immersion Experience includes a tutored tasting and tour of the Leeuwin Art Gallery, filled with contemporary Australian artworks that feature on the labels of the iconic Art Series wines.
At Vasse Felix, Margaret River’s founding wine estate, book The Cellar Experience for a private tasting of historic wines in the exclusive Vault, followed by a three-course meal from the a la carte menu in the award-winning restaurant.
The Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine-growing region. Arrange a weekend away at Mandoon Estate, just outside Peth in the spectacular Swan Valley. The Ultimate Experience includes a tasting and guided tour of the Estate, including the underground cellar, historic vineyard, the original Roe Family Homestead, Surveyor’s Room and Estate kitchen. The evening is spent at The Colony, where all rooms enjoy views of the meandering Swan River from spacious balconies.