Every couple’s idea of the perfect honeymoon will be different. It will reflect their interests and style. That’s why I couldn’t think of a better honeymoon than one surrounded by wine.
Wine is not a solo player here. It hangs out with great scenery, fabulous regional food, iconic restaurants, breweries, distilleries, accommodation ranging from a romantic stone cottage to a cutting-edge resort. Its friends include attractions such as golf courses, art galleries, historic sights and surfing beaches to name a few. Perfect for mixed marriages (where wine is not the only favourite beverage!).
Touring wine regions can suit a short or longer honeymoon, even overseas. You can visit several regions as often they are quite close together, or settle into one that you really want to explore allowing plenty of time for relaxation after the big day. It will also depend on how far you want to travel, are you happy to fly or would rather take the car? I’ll leave that choice for you two to figure out.
Image courtesy of Great Southern Wine Region
Getting around wine regions can be fun and relaxing; some have bike hire where you ride between wineries and your purchases are delivered to your accommodation at the end of the day. You may like to take advantage of the many tour options. Some are quite structured, others more hop-on hop-off in style. Private tours in all sorts of cars from luxurious to quirky are available and will take you where you would like to go. You can of course drive yourself whilst being mindful of spitting your tastings into the barrel provided. Yes, whilst spitting in public is generally frowned upon, it is encouraged in wineries.
The season that you get married in may influence your choices.
A SUMMER wedding lends itself to wine regions in coastal regions such as Margaret River south of Perth, Mornington Peninsula just south-east of Melbourne, McLaren Vale south of Adelaide or the Bellarine Peninsula at the start of the Great Ocean Road. All of these would be great options for summer honeymoons. Beach in the morning, wine tasting in the afternoon, great dinner of cool food and crisp whites at night. Sign me up!
AUTUMN is harvest time for both food and wine in many regions. Warm days, crisp nights autumn leaves, crackling fires, roasted chestnuts, road-side produce stalls, markets and festivals worth travelling for. Orange in NSW Central West springs to mind, as does the Southern Highlands, south west of Sydney.
Over the border the High Country of North East of Victoria including Rutherglen, Beechworth, Glenrowan, King and Alpine Valleys have plenty to offer. These regions have brilliant Autumn displays, loads of romantic accommodation and food to die for–look at Milawa–not to mention world renowned wine styles, Muscat anyone?
WINTER honeymoons–go romantic or go home. Accommodation worth staying in for, with great fireplaces naturally. Think regions with indoor attractions, historic buildings, galleries, character filled pubs and cosy cafes (serving local wine of course). Many cellar doors in cooler regions have fireplaces, rustic and old or new and architectural; wonderful places to share a regional platter and a glass of red. In South Australia the Clare and Barossa Valleys as well as the Adelaide Hills tick all the boxes and are all easily accessible from Adelaide.
Tasmania, whilst on the cool side, is ideal for a winter honeymoon–plenty of great art, history, wineries, breweries and distilleries, food and outstanding romantic accommodation. Both the north and south of Tasmania offer great cellar door experiences.
Coonawarra Padthaway and Robe in the south-east of South Australia, are very historic and cultural places, their cellar doors have fireplaces beckoning you closer and red wine to keep you there for an afternoon.
SRPING is a very popular time for weddings with spring flowers in abundance and coincidentally also the time of year when many wineries are showcasing their new release wines, so you can taste wines before most other people get a chance. It is when the vineyards spring to life after their winter hibernation and budburst happens. Delicate shoots and a green haze are visible.
Many of the wine regions away from the coast that have a cooler winter may also have beautiful displays of Spring flowers, most of the recommendations for Autumn also work for Spring.
Nights can be chilly, so yes you can still light the fire and fill the spa. You could try cooler regions of WA such as Great Southern with its sub regions of Mount Barker, Frankland River and Porongurup, famous for the tall forests of karri, marri and jarrah and tree-top walks. Denmark and Albany are on the coast with beaches and whale watching in October. This region, along with much of W.A. has fabulous Spring orchid and wildflower displays.
You may have a favourite wine region that you would like to share with your loved one or a region on your mutual bucket list as a must-do. Wherever you go you will be spoilt for choice with quality wineries and lots of activities to keep you as busy or relaxed as you want to be. May you return with a boot-load of wine and hearts full of great memories.
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