Summer fun is here! Beaches, holidays and vineyards »
Time for relaxing, friends, good food and wine
New Year is behind us and now it's time for summer relaxing – by the beach for many lucky Australians and New Zealanders – or wherever you happen to be. The vineyards are green and inviting, cellar doors are open, and in some northern regions grape harvesting will soon be underway.
Looking for something to do? There are wine and food festivals and events on almost everywhere around Australia and NZ over summer. Scroll down for a selection, or for the full list (searchable by date and State/region), check out our wine and food events calendar here »
If you're planning ahead for a trip to our wine regions this summer, remember, we have Australia's largest number of wine producers right here (nearly 5000 of them, around twice as many as the government seems to know about), where you can find the hidden gems, the new hipster and indie labels, the tried and true, venues for weddings, long lunches, the small boutique producers and everyone else, with opening hours, wine types and everything you want to know – even whether they cater for the kids!
Just search in the VV search box on the right.
Oh, and did we tell you we also have a growing list of cideries, microbreweries and distilleries too? (Can't find your fave? Or have you just set one up?! Email the name and location to Cameron and he'll make sure they're added).
So if you are looking for producers, restaurants, cellar doors and cool places to relax, you're in the right place. Plus we have hundreds of articles, interviews, itineraries, videos and rich information on our wines, ciders, brewers and makers, so you can find the best places to go and how to get there. Around 5000 people visit our website every day, looking for this sort of info – thanks everyone for visiting us!
We have lots of DIY itineraries and tours, too, and now wine videos from WineVine.tv, so you can relax and listen to winemakers chatting, wine educators like Jeremy Oliver and Rob Geddes MW talking about wine varieties, and lots more.
Remember too, if you're on the road and you are a member of any State auto association (NRMA, RACV, RAA etc) and you're in or visiting Victoria or Tasmania, you can also save when you visit vineyards with our Wine and Food Selections program with RACV and RACT – pretty handy for your wine country travels. Save at:
- wineries and vineyards
- food producers, makers and sellers
- regional restaurants
- microbreweries, and
- accommodations and attractions (Tasmania only).
Check out discounts up to 20% at some big names in Victoria here, or in Tasmania here »
Even if your nearest grapevine is hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away – or if you are visiting Australia (or this website) from overseas – if you love wine or food, you're sure to find something to make your Australian wine and food travels even more enjoyable!
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Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and relaxing New Year and safe travels from Robyn, Kerry, Cameron, Charlie, Laura and the VV team.
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