Planning a Wine-Focused Trip to Oceania

Landscape of Mclaren Vale, south AustraliaAustralia and New Zealand produce some wonderful wines — fresh, fruit-forward and packed with personality.

That’s why we are so excited about our latest Oceanian wines and all the great sales you can find on them and more via our email savings program.

If you’re looking to experience a vacation like no other, consider a trip to Australia and/or New Zealand. I hit both in a 10-day period (which encompassed two weekends) several years ago, but if I were to do it again, I’d concentrate on just one of the countries, and then visit the other on another trip.

Need some help making up your mind between the two? Well, I have one lodging suggestion and one dining suggestion that should help — or perhaps confuse the issue even more…

  • LODGING: The Shearer’s Cottage at the Limestone Hills Winery in New Zealand used to be a dormitory for visiting shearers, but has been converted into a charming two-bedroom cottage with a kitchen.

From the master bedroom and sitting room, which both open to a large veranda, the cottage commands views over the vineyard and main truffière (the only truffle plantation in the country).

More information: http://limestonehills.co.nz

  • DINING: South of Melbourne on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, the restaurant at Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove specializes in Mediterranean-style dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, including produce grown on the estate.

The food and wine are accompanied by a gorgeous view of the vineyards, fronted by an array of unique sculptures.

More information: montalto.com.au

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