Wine is reported to have healing benefits for a wide range of ailments, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and dementia. Then there’s the fact that it has been found to protect people over 55 years old from blocked leg arteries. It’s also said to be good for the brain, infections and eyesight. The list really does go on.
Australia is one of the world’s top wine producing countries, with over 2,400 wineries spread across 56 regions. Impressively, more than 30 million glasses of Aussie wine are drank across the world every day. Here are three top Australian wineries where you can taste some fantastic homegrown wines – all for your good health, of course.
Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River, Western Australia
Margaret River is particularly famous for white wines. Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon blends are the two most renowned varieties. Leeuwin Estate is a sprawling vineyard surrounded by lush greenery. With a reputation for producing some fantastic wines, this place is one of the country’s top wine destinations. It produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Riesling and Semillon varieties.
Jacob’s Creek in the Barossa Valley, South Australia
Jacob’s Creek is among the top recognised wineries in Australia’s top wine producing region. In 2010 the winery was entered into the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame for being named the Best Major Tourist Attraction three years in a row. Jacob’s Creek has lunch and wine matching, cooking classes and an area where you can have a picnic and some wine sitting on the banks of Jacob’s Creek itself.
d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale, South Australia
Over half of the wine that’s produced in McLaren Vale is Shiraz. The reason it’s so great is because of the climate and soil, which results in a deep purple Shiraz that has intense fruit flavours. d’Arenberg winery was established in 1912, and is particularly well known in the area. The wine is made using traditional winemaking processes such as foot treading.
By Christina Wylie
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