Let’s go shopping in New York’s best shopping strips

By New York / United States /

GIRLS from all over the world go to New York for the labels and, because of the seemingly never-ending shopping districts, it’s the perfect place where you can shop til you drop! NYC boasts some of the world’s finest districts, which will keep you busy for days.
Check out these five amazing shopping districts, and do you fancy a hire car so you don’t have to lug around all your heavy shopping bargains? Hire a car from JFK airport with DriveNow to make your shopping holiday more enjoyable.

Fifth Avenue Shopping District
Find yourself in the heart of Manhattan’s shopping heaven, where shopping is bliss! Think Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Abercrombie. That’s enough to keep your legs – and your wallet – busy for hours. Then there are also the mega-stores, such as the Disney Store, Apple and Niketown.

Madison Avenue Shopping District
Welcome to what’s known as the most expensive retail real estate in the world. The list of high-end, luxurious retailers go on and on – from Gucci to Changel, Vera Wang, Armani, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren and Prada. That’s just the beginning of the list! The glitz and glamour of Madison Avenue Shopping District attracts celebrities from all over the world, so you might just run into your idol!
Time Warner Centre
Set in the heart of Manhattan at Columbus Circle, the Time Warner Centre is at the top of every traveller’s list. It’s one of New York City’s most iconic destinations, known for being the place for dining, entertainment and shopping. It’s home to a 60,000ft market selling Whole Foods, and more than 40 specialty shops. You’ll find Hugo Boss, Swarovski and more.

Soho Shopping District
High-end boutiques are waiting to be explored inside Soho’s historic buildings, along with huge brands you’ll find just about anywhere. Bloomingdales is always popular with the locals and visitors and so is Victoria’s Secret, H&M and Prada’s flagship store. There’s also Pearl River Mart, the first Chinese American department store. Along Broadway you’ll find many more fabulous foreign additions.

North of Little Itally is one of the hottest shopping strips in all of New York. Along Elizabeth, Mott and Mulberry streets you’ll find stylish shops at every turn. They specialise mostly in high-quality, expensive fashion, but you’re also find niche clothing designs and accessories from all around the world, but they won’t necessarily be at the high prices you’d expect.



Snuggle up at these five cosy B&Bs in the Yarra Valley this Autumn

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The Yarra Valley region makes for a relaxing weekend away at any time of year. Pick up a rental car from Melbourne Airport ( and drive only 60 minutes to explore everything the Yarra Valley has to offer.

When you arrive, pick from one of these five cosy B&Bs to stay. It’s the best in Yarra Valley accommodation.
Bonza View
The owners proudly say Bonza View bed and breakfast apartment offer the best views in the Dandenongs. During the day you have a sweeping scene of the Port Phillip Bay to Mount Macedon and the Warburton Ranges, even the Lilydale Lake. At night you have a spectacular 180 degree view of the city lights. Your private, undercover deck also has a bubbling hot tub – perfect on those chilly nights.

Valley Guest House
Experience country living at its best. At Valley Guest House, you’ll wake up to a beautiful sunrise and the sound of native birds. You’re also surrounded by lush gardens with neat gardens full of roses, camellias and wisterias. Natural light fills your studio, which has tall, wide windows and a private balcony. Or you can opt for the Honeymoon suite, which has its own private courtyard, heated spa and fireplace.

Yering Gorge Cottages
Not only does this property offer incredible views of the Yarra Valley from your bedroom window, but it also treats you to plenty of luxuries, such as free Wi-Fi, your own private spa bath and a beauty centre. Yering Gorge Cottages are also located close to popular fishing spots and cycling trails. Perfect for a romantic weekend away!

Dalblair Bed and Breakfast
Ever dreamed of your own luxurious suite with a large veranda, spacious living area and pool? Then Dalblair Bed and Breakfast is the right kind of place for you. It’s set of 30 acres of colourful gardens with picturesque views of the surrounding Warburton Ranges and vineyards. Dalblair makes for the idea location for a peaceful getaway.

Sanctuary Park Cottages
Hire out one of these rustic cottages for a romantic weekend away. They’re perfect for any time of year – in the warmer months you can relax by the lake, while in the cooler months you can admire the changing colour of the landscape or relax in the hot spa. Majestic mountains surround the property, which you’ll never want to leave.



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5 things to do near McLaren Vale, South Australia

By Australia / South Australia /

McLaren Vale and the surrounding area is easily one of the most charming regions in all of South Australia. This wine region is located approximately 35km south of Adelaide, and is home to many gorgeous wineries, beaches and towns.

Here are five things to visit near McLaren Vale.

Primo Estate (pictured)
This family owned winery is the home of JOSEPH wine and olive oil. Primo Estate produces a unique range of wines, which the owners say reflect their Italian heritage. Decades upon decades of family members have been creating these exquisite wines since Primo Grilli arrived in Australia and planted the family’s first vineyard in 1973. It’s since expanded, with visitors to McLaren Vale now being treated to ‘la dolce vita, Australian style’.

Off road 4wd tour
Journey through the magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula with Off Piste 4WD Tours. It’s a 40-minute drive, which leaves from central Adelaide and takes you to hard-to-reach and mostly unknown places along the peninsula. Tour itineraries take you on an adventure through the McLaren Vale wine region, the mouth of the Murray River and National Parks.

Shiraz Trail
The Shiraz Trail runs from McLaren Vale to Willunga, and is part of a 35km trail which begins at Marino Rocks and continues south along an old railway corridor. The 8km Shiraz Trail is flat and very scenic, treating walkers and cyclists to a landscape of wineries and vineyards. All you need to do is go to a visitor information centre to get your hands on a map and put on your walking shoes, or alternatively hire a bike.

Aldinga Beach
Aldinga Beach offers sights of fabulous cliff scenery and a long stretch of sandy coast. People travel from all over Australia to fish, surf and swim at this beautiful beach. Walk along the boardwalk to admire the landscape at sunrise or sunset. You can also go horseriding along the beach, or drive onto certain sections of the sand and relax with the family.

Port Willunga
Port Willunga is home to trendy seaside restaurants and a beautiful beach. It also contains one of South Australia’s most famous shipwrecks, Star of Greece. A fierce storm caused the ship to run aground in 1888, which led to the incident becoming known as one of the state’s worst maritime disasters. Scuba divers and snorkelers now frequent the site, and at low tide you can spot the shipwreck from the jetty.



Five unmissable chocolate factories in Melbourne and surrounds

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

THEY say woman rated chocolate higher than sex in a recent survey (Women’s Health Mag) giving a whole new meaning to the saying “I’ll have what she’s having”.  The humble cocoa bean clearly isn’t just a pretty face!

So where best to experience this love affair with the converted cocoa bean? A chocolate factory, of course, and there are plenty around Melbourne that must be on your hit-list. Try these.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery

35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen

Head out Old Healesville Road in the Yarra Valley and you’ll stumble across this gem at which free tastings are in abundance. Best of all it’s only an hour from Melbourne’s CBD and set amidst one of the state’s premier wine regions. The bonus? Ice creamery as well! Skilled European chocolatiers craft more than 200 varieties of chocolates, there’s a cool cafe inside and the kids can run off all that extra energy on the games area and expansive lawn.

Pink Lady Chocolates

13 Hume Street, Huntingdale

Since 1938 this icon of the chocolate world has been hand blending “exceptional ingredients” to perfect their “superfine chocolates”. Pink Lady chocolates are renowned for going hand in hand with a night out at the theatre way back in the day and their reputation for premium products still stands strong today. From handmade cream truffles to twist selections to their famous tablets and hearts, a drive to Huntingdale is well worth it to snap up some bargains.

Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

930 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven

It’s a cruisy 90-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD, but one well worth it. Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is one like no other: beautiful milk chocolates blended to perfection, a great little tour – Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate for about $15 and loads of fun games and interactive features including a gorgeous chocolate fountain and chocolate making line where you can whip up a chocky treat in your own special way. There is more chocolate than you can imagine including other treats such as a choc dipped bananas, ginger, honey and amazing rocky road. Pannys café sells the most amazing meals, drinks and snacks, all with a chocolate theme.

The Chocolate Garden

55 Hallam Road, Hampton Park

Head east for the hills and you’ll stumble upon beautiful Dandenong Chocolate Factory now known as The Chocolate Garden. The family owned business has been servicing Melbourne clients with scrumptious chocolate treats for the past 30 years. They have a large range of personalised gifts including chocolate bouquets, hampers, and wedding, baby, birthday and occasion bonbonnieres.


11 Strathalbyn Street, Kew East

A shop rather than a choc factory, pronounced sho-KO-la-tl, this is the Aztec word for chocolate and for more than 10 years Christos Partsiogloui and family have served up Belgium-style chocolate truffles filled with beautiful combinations including balsamic strawberry at their chocolate cafes. Bon Bons, blocks, bars and even healthy options are all the rage here and keep locals and visitors coming back for more.


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Country retreats in Queensland for a romantic getaway

By Australia / Queensland /

Sometimes amid the hustle and bustle of daily life, couples forget to take some time out for themselves. Sometimes you just need to retreat for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Where else better than country Queensland?

The Stonehouse Retreat (pictured)
The Stonehouse Retreat is a unique, hand-built lodge made of stone and recycled materials. It’s located in Esk and is surrounded by 175 acres of Australian bush. Daytime views stretch for hundreds of kilometres. encompassing several lakes. Night views of starry skies are just as magical, and it’s only an 80-minute drive from Brisbane.

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat
This retreat’s six private bungalows overlook Mt Quincan Crater and the Atherton Tablelands. Relax in your private spa, as you take in the peaceful sounds of the rainforest. For some physical activity, go bushwalking at one of the many nearby trails nearby or see what surrounding towns, such as Atherton, have to offer.

The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses
Sleep while perched high in the rainforest canopy in a beautifully-designed timber and glass treehouse. Each treehouse features a double spa, wood fireplace and a balcony with a hammock and barbeque. You’ll be right up there with all the wildlife and if you feel like getting back on the ground to explore, the beautiful Malanda Falls is only 12km away.

R on the Downs Retreat
The ‘R’ in R on the Downs Retreat stands for many things – romance, relaxation, rest and reconnect. At this retreat in Yangan, you can do it all while enjoying a rustic fireplace and double spa. Step onto your private veranda, which offers amazing views of Swandels Valley.

Thala Beach Lodge
Set on the beautiful Thala Beach Nature Reserve, this lodge sits on a secluded beachfront of untouched coastline near Port Douglas. One of the main draws of Thala Beach Lodge is that it sits between two World Heritage Sites – the magnificent Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. You can opt for a private bungalow by the coral sear or one that’s nestled inland amongst the trees.


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Five reasons to fall in love with Margaret River

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

From acclaimed wineries to breathtaking beaches and even a giant hedge maze, Margaret River has plenty to offer every type of traveller. For those on a budget there are hundreds of free natural attractions such as hiking the Cape to Cape walking track, wildflower spotting in Boranup Forest and plenty of surfing spots on the west coast. Those enjoying a romantic weekend away might like to instead head to one of the many markets before an afternoon of whale watching and later a degustation dinner at one of the area’s many fine dining restaurants.

Cave ‘n’ Canoe Bushtucker Tour (pictured)
Combining an active day of swimming, canoeing and caving while learning the history of our first native inhabitants, the Bushtucker tour also includes a special lunch of exotic tastes from all over Western Australia, as well as locally made pestos, chutneys, dips and baked breads. For a truly Australian experience, it also includes bushtucker meats like emu, kangaroo, crocodile and wild turkey, however if these don’t get your mouthwatering there is a well catered vegetarian menu. All up, the lunch includes 20 unique tastings.
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Amaze’n Hedge Maze
Lose yourself inside the winding challenge that is Amaze’n. As well as the giant ½ hectare hedge maze, the grounds also boast an 18 hole mini golf course and a café set in the botanical gardens. Having just undergone an impressive makeover, the gardens offer the perfect place to rest for an afternoon picnic and BBQs are also available to use on site.

Margaret River Cellar Door and Tasting Room at Berry Farm
Not just a berry farm, the gorgeous venue offers a kids playground and a cottage café serving many delicious treats including the classic Devonshire tea. The cellar door is brimming with mouthwatering seasonal preserves, with jams, sauces, syrups and vinegars all produced on the farm and tastings of the 40 gourmet products are held every day. The restaurant also serves finely crafted wines to complement all of the meals on their menu, and what better way to wait for the food settle than by relaxing amongst the lavenders and roses in the cottage garden. More info at

Busselton Jetty
About a 40 minute drive north of Margaret River center is the longest timer-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Stretching 1.8kms, construction started in 1865 and it has since survived fires, cyclones, storms and demolition plans. A ‘jetty train’ takes you on the journey across Geographe Bay, where you can visit the eight metre deep underwater observatory, rated No.1 top aquarium in the South Pacific on Trip Advisor. There you can view over 300 individual marine species. You may even get lucky and glimpse a pod of dolphins playing in the bay.
Tour bookings are essential.

Wardan Aboriginal Culture Centre
About half an hour north of the centre of Margaret River, visitors can experience a range of cultural tours at the Wardan Aboriginal Culture Centre. Boomerang and spear throwing classes, bush story trails, stone toolmaking workshops, artefacts and the Six Season interactive display all offer visitors a greater understanding of the historical, social and environmental issues affecting Indigenous Australians. Bookings are essential and visitors are urged to call in advance.
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5 things to do in the Barossa Valley in Spring

By Australia / South Australia /

Spring is heavenly in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. The Barossa is only 60km northeast of Adelaide and it’s one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions. Not to mention the romantic rolling green hills and range of interesting activities.

Here are five great things to do in the Barossa Valley this spring.

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop

Located on the outskirts of Nuriootpa, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is well worth a visit. Wander around the Farm Shop, tasting all of Maggie Beer’s delicious products. Whether its fresh fruit from the orchard, wine, ice cream or a delicious coffee and cake, Maggie Beer’s wonderful recipes melt mouths and hearts. If you want to learn how to cook some of these amazing dishes, then you can attend one of the daily cooking demonstrations.


The Barossa has many cycling tracks where you’ll pass incredible scenery along the way. A popular trail for travellers is the 27km Jack Bobridge track. The cycling track links Tanunda and Gawler, while offering beautiful views of the North Para River. You’ll cycle past rolling vineyards, while having the opportunity to stop at wineries for a delicious lunch and a glass of wine.

Chateau Tanunda

Chateau Tanunda, which is located in the heart of Tanunda and was established in 1890, is said to be one of Australia’s most stunning winery estates. With its magnificent buildings, impeccable gardens and range of wines at the heritage listed Cellar Door, there won’t be a single minute where you’re not enjoying your time at Tanunda.

Historic walk of Bethany

The beautiful village of Bethany was the first to be established in the Barossa Valley. A group of families from Europe settled there in 1842, and it has since become famous for winemaking. Stop over at Bethany Wines – a beautiful stone winery, which offers magnificent views of the valley. You can also explore Pioneer Cemetery, which will offer you an insight into the lives of the town’s early settlers.

Hot Air Ballooning

If the Barossa Valley’s scenery amazes you, then just wait until you see the world-famous wine region from the air! A peaceful hot air balloon rise over the valley for sunrise is the perfect way to start your day, as you enjoy 360 decree views that span from the Barossa ranges to the ocean. After your flight, you have the option of a gourmet breakfast served with a glass of wine.



Gorgeous wineries of the Hunter Valley

By Australia / New South Wales /

Spring is in the air, which means it’s the perfect time to visit Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley. Only two hours from Sydney, you’ll find more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, offering flavours that are unique to the Hunter region of New South Wales.

Here are five gorgeous wineries worth visiting in the Hunter Valley.

Tyrrell’s Vineyard

Tyrrell’s Wines is renowned for its Semillon, which is the region’s most popular variety. This Australian family-owned business is steeped in history, dating back to 1858. It offers a superb line-up of sparkling wines, and then there’s the Vat series wines, which is world class and worth a tasting while you’re here.

Tulloch Wines

The Tulloch story began 120 years ago. John Youni Tulloch took on a 43 acre property at Pokolbin, and set to work on rejuvenating its five acres of vines. This has transformed the family company into one of the best wineries around today. Pick up some of Tulloch’s incredible Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Verdelho, along with other limited releases, during a visit to the Cellar Door.

Audrey Wilkinson

It’s arguably the Hunter Valley’s most picturesque winery, but this isn’t all Audrey Wilkinson is renowned for. The winemaking techniques used here are influenced by the Wilkinson family, who studied winemaking in France and Germany. This, mixed with modern technology has created several wines to die for, including chardonnay, shiraz and Gewurztraminer.

Brokenwood Wines

Brokenwood is one of the Hunter Valley’s iconic vineyards, having evolved from a weekend hobby for winemakers in 1970 into one of the country’s best wine labels. Brokenwood is set in the heart of the Hunter Valley and is famous for its Cricket Pitch Red. However, the incredible chardonnays are also to-die for.

Gartelmann Wines

Gartelmann is a boutique winery producing fine, handcrafted wines. This family owned and operated winery is set in the heart of the Hunter Valley. The love and care put into crafting these wines shows in the sensational products – the multi-award winning Semillon and Shiraz, the soft Merlot, elegant Chardonnay, aromatic Verdelho and the toasty spiced Liquor Muscat, Gartelmann.




Five B&Bs for a romantic weekend away in the Blue Mountains

By Australia / New South Wales /

Nothing spells a romantic weekend away like an overnight stay at a B&B in the Blue Mountains. The World Heritage listed region lives up to its reputation as a major tourist attraction, with its gorgeous mountain views and nature walks.

Here are five romantic B&Bs in this beautiful part of New South Wales.

Silvermere Bed and Breakfast
Relax on this picture perfect country estate, which is restored from the 1920s. There are several unique accommodation experiences at Silvermere, but the standout for romantic couples is Chauffeur’s Cottage. It’s hidden in the gardens, with shops, restaurants and Wentworth Falls Lake only a short stroll away. In the evenings, watch the sunset from the veranda before the lights of Sydney light up in the distance.

Moments Mountain Retreat
This beautiful homestead is situated at the entrance to the Valley of the Waters and treats you to incredible views of the surrounding wilderness. Gaze at these amazing views right from your veranda, and if you choose to stroll just 50 metres down the road, you’ll stumble upon many walking tracks. Moments Mountain Retreat’s spa suites feature in-room double spas and an open gas fire.

Lakeside B&B
The Waterfront Suite at Wentworth Falls, which is situated in the heart of the Blue Mountains, is an absolute dream come true. Get cosy in your accommodation, which is located right on the edge of a stunning lake. If that’s not enough, then perhaps the lush bushland surrounding you will be. This area is a bird watcher’s paradise, with many nearby walking trails and the famous Three Sisters only a short drive away.

Katoomba Manor
This modern house, which was opened in 2013, is simply magnificent. The marble columned veranda and the surrounding mountain garden, complete with winding paths and garden walls, will take your breath away. It’s a haven that will give you the chance to relax as time passes you by.

Edgelinks Country House
Edgelinks oozes warmth and country charm. Unwind in this perfect paradise, where you’re surrounded by tranquil European gardens and mountain views. Inside your boutique luxury accommodation you’ll find all the modern comforts you need, but it’s Edgelinks’ old world charm from a bygone era that will truly capture your heart.



5 great hotels in Brisbane for business travellers

By Brisbane / Queensland /

Brisbane is the capital of Australia’s ‘Sunshine State’, which also means there’s a constant stream of business travellers. Among several great hotels here are five to ponder.

NEXT Hotel Brisbane

This hotel (pictured) offers city views, free WiFi and is located just opposite Queen Street Mall. Add a restaurant, fitness centre and a rooftop swimming pool with a poolside bar, and what other extras could you possibly ask for? NEXT Hotel Brisbane is about a 15-minute drive from the airport. There’s a 24-hour check in for your convenience and there’s also a ‘Transit Zone’, which has sleeping areas for a power nap, along with showers and free toiletries.

Stamford Plaza

Stamford Plaza’s guest rooms are traditionally furnished with spacious sitting areas but the cherry on top after a long day at the office are the  gorgeous views of the Brisbane River from Stamford. There’s a hot tub and a poolside terrace for you to relax and unwind. Stamford Plaza is situated in the heart of Brisbane and is only 300 metres from the Botanical Gardens.

Emporium Hotel

As the winner of two categories in the 2015 Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards, Emporium doesn’t disappoint. This luxury boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city’s stylish Emporium precinct, which is only minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. Some of the extensive services and facilities at Emporium Hotel include a stunning cocktail bar, gymnasium, a 24-hour business centre with internet access, express laundry service and iPads available for loan.

Spicers Balfour Hotel

Staying at the Spices Balfour Hotel in New Farm puts you right in the heart of Brisbane’s business district, while you experience 5-star boutique accommodation. Apart from all the comforts you’d expect to find at a modern hotel, there’s also an extensive range of massages, body treatments and facials. Not to mention there’s express check in and check out if you’re in a rush and need to be somewhere!

The New Inchcolm Hotel

The New Inchcolm Hotel in Wickham Terrace oozes elegance, sophistication and glamour. The charming staff and luxurious rooms await behind the heritage-listed façade of the building, which is steeped in history. The 1920s styled rooms feature free-standing baths, king-size beds and sofa beds.




Winter wonders: 5 cosy Aussie B&Bs that must be experienced

By Australia /

One of the most enjoyable winter experiences is a stay in a cosy B&B in the countryside. Here are five of Australia’s best B&Bs that you must visit.

Lakeside B&B, New South Wales (pictured)

Nothing says ‘relaxing getaway’ quite like this cosy B&B located on the edge of a stunning lake in the Blue Mountains. This Wentworth Falls property is ideally located for a romantic hideaway, surrounded by lush bushland and tranquil water views. This bed and breakfast is also a bird watchers’ paradise. There are many walking trails nearby, and the Three Sisters lookout is only a short drive away.

Seas the Day, Victoria

This gorgeous bed and breakfast is one of the closest to Phillip Island’s world-famous fairy penguins. This romantic, boutique guesthouse is also located along one of the island’s most stunning stretches of coastal scenery. At certain times of the year, guests can spot whales and other native wildlife in the distance. A stay at Seas the Day will bring you a lovely, peaceful weekend, full of beautiful scenery.

Bed in the Treetops B&B, Tasmania

This luxurious B&B hideaway, constructed using whole Celery Top pine logs, is perched high on 32 hectares of bushland. Two private, luxury spa suites are available. One of its major attractions is that it overlooks the stunning Bay of Fires and Georges Bay. These incredible views will draw you in and make you never want to leave this incredible part of Tasmania’s North East coast.

Whistler Farm B&B, South Australia

Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region, this gorgeous bed and breakfast makes you feel right at home. You’re surrounded by rolling green hills and grand eucalyptus trees as you make your way down Whistler Farm’s magnificent driveway. Relax on the farm, visit nearby wineries, start a cooking class, go for a bike ride or spend time with the horses and other animals that live on the farm. The options for activities in this lovely part of the world are endless.

Bli Bli House B&B, Queensland

Advertised as “one of the Sunshine Coast’s finest experiences”, this luxurious and elegant riverside retreat will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. The multi award winning bed and breakfast is situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, and replicates the Victorian era. A beautiful house with amazing water views and great weather… you can’t go wrong.


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Escape to the best wineries in South Australia’s Clare Valley

By Australia / South Australia /

The Clare Valley has some of South Australia’s most beautiful scenery. It’s also one of Australia’s oldest wine regions.

Make the most of your time in the Clare Valley by tasting the region’s delicious produce and drinking the unique and exquisite wines that are born here. 

Annie’s Lane

In the south of the Clare Valley is the heritage listed Quelltaler Estate, which dates back to 1865. It’s the home of Annie’s Lane, where traditional winemaking techniques come together to create fine, flavoursome wines. There’s a versatile choice of fresh white wines and fruity reds. There are on-site picnic grounds where you can enjoy the range. Be sure to indulge in the iconic Copper Trail Shiraz.


This boutique family-owned and operated winery offers hand-crafted, world-class wines. It was established in 1970 and soon after, the winery’s dry Riesling was taking out key awards at state and national wine shows. Skillogalee has since grown to become one of the Clare Valley’s ‘must-visit’ wineries, offering crisp, dry whites and rich, full-bodied reds. It’d be a crime to pass through the region without sampling the intense flavours and aromas, which Skillogalee is so famous for. 


Sevenhill proudly takes the title of the Clare Valley’s first winery. It was settled by the Society of Jesuits in 1851 to produce sacramental wine and it’s the only remaining Jesuit-owned winery in Australia. While the tradition of producing sacramental wines continues, Sevenhill also produces premium table wines, right from its superb, estate-grown fruit.


Knappstein’s Reisling ranks among Australia’s best. The small producer also creates premium Bavarian-style larger, with the cellar door located in a nineteenth century brewery. Glenn Barry leads Knappstein’s winemaking team, after having honed his craft across the Clare Valley and overseas in places such as Sicily and Napa.

Atlas Wines

The crew at Atlas Wines claim their creations are “heart-felt expressions of the vineyards in which they are grown”. Another small producer, which chooses small batches of high quality grapes over large-scale production. As a result, the wines are exquisite. The winery’s Atlas Riesling and 2009 Shiraz Mataro are some of the high-ranking favourites.