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Northside Wines – Northcote Victoria

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We are just back from a whirlwind weekend visit to Melbourne, where with each visit, we make it a point to see new places, and dine out at new venues we haven’t been to previously. There is no shortage of places on our list to try, but we managed to cross off a few more on this latest trip, starting with Northside Wines in Northcote.

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2021 The Year of South Australian Wine

Did you know there are 18 wine regions in South Australia, and with that many to discover, it’s no surprise that many events in South Australia are linked to these regions. In 2021 they will be celebrated even more than usual, with gourmet weeks, vintage festivals, masterclasses, tastings, music and markets. If food and wine experiences are high on your travel wish list then this is the year (for Australian readers) to plan a trip to South Australia.

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New Top 4 to visit in McLaren Vale (and 1 old favourite)

There are more than 70 cellar doors to visit in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia as well as distilleries and craft breweries so on a recent stay in the area we decided to try venues that we hadn’t visited before. These are my latest top 4 and the reasons why.

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Caudo Vineyard South Australia

It’s always good to get a recommendation to visit a venue and I’m more than happy to pass this one on as well, but only if great tasting excellent value wines, locally sourced food and happy service from staff, while you sit in a wow setting on a bend of the Murray River is your thing. This is one of those ‘what’s not to love’ places and when you visit you’ll find it hard to drag yourself away.

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Cobb’s Hill Estate Winery – Adelaide Hills

Cobbs Hill EstateDon’t be fooled by the thought of having to go down Swamp Road to find this winery in the Adelaide Hills at Oakbank. It’s actually a little garden oasis set within 250 acres of vineyards and grazing land with far reaching views and picture worthy garden nooks wherever your eyes settle. No wonder it’s a popular venue for private functions and weddings, with its secluded setting and warm welcome from all the staff which you feel from the minute you arrive.  In fact the welcoming party begins before you even get out of the car!  Chap the endearing blue heeler was there to greet us and lead us into the winery which felt more like paying a visit to an old friend albeit a sprawling homestead owning, down to earth friend.

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