Burnbrae Wines in Mudgee.
Henschke cellar door

1. Henschke cellar door

With a family history deeply entwined in the fabric of Eden Valley vinous folklore and globally renowned vineyards and wines, Henschke is a name that effortlessly sits at the apex of Australian fine wine. It’s also, of course, an essential cellar door visit if you’re in the Barossa. I’ve always loved visiting the Henschke cellar door, and it’s just received a serious upgrade that will delight many visitors. It’s now located in the 1860s grain barn at the front of their Keyneton winery.
It’s a spacious and fitting public face for the wines and historical artefacts of this important Australian wine family. A variety of tasting experiences are available including VIP visits to the famous Hill of Grace vineyard and the fly-in/fly-out Ultimate Barossa Experience with next door neighbours Hutton Vale Farm. The new Henschke Wines cellar door is a must-visit when you are in the Barossa.  DAVID BROOKES
➽ TIP: Ask the cellar door staff about the Henschke family ballooning exploits! henschke.com.au
Cafe Atelier in Copenhagen

2. Wine biking in Copenhagen

With Noma restaurant at its heart and a slew of new openings in recent years by various alumni, Copenhagen has quickly risen to the top of the must-do list for lovers of food, wine and eating out. In a city where everything seems within 20 minutes by bike it makes a lot of sense to use pedal power on a tour of Copenhagen’s growing number of world-class wine bars. There is a strong sense of freedom, community and creativity here and the wine bar clearly sits at the heart of the Danish capital’s social rituals. Also, travelling under your own steam allows you to avoid exorbitant taxi fares and to feel like a local.  CHRIS MORRISON
➽ TIP: The natural wine movement is booming in Copenhagen, and so is the style of food and service that goes with it. visitcopenhagen.com

3. Chopper to Millbrook

A scenic helicopter flight from Perth takes you to picturesque Millbrook Estate for the ultimate food and wine experience. Winemaker Damian Hutton will take you on a winery tour, followed by a structured tasting in the barrel room. Blend your own wine under his expert tutelage, before chef Guy Jeffreys creates a four-course degustation with ingredients foraged from the kitchen garden that morning. Paired with Millbrook wines, this is one of Perth’s finest food offerings – rustic, charming and certainly plentiful. Complete the experience with a glass of wine on the deck overlooking Millbrook Lake and immerse yourself in the manicured vines and jarrah forest that blankets the stunning vista. Stroll through the impressive kitchen garden and leave this special place contented, with your very own bottle of blended wine in hand.  DANIELLE COSTLEY
➽ TIP: Spring is the best time to visit, when the vines and garden come to life! millbrook.wine
Arriving by chopper. Photography by David Griffen.

4. Georgian Tours

Pheasant’s Tears winery uses the traditional methods.

Our speciality is custom-made tours with a focus on authentic, artisanal food and wine,” says John Wurdeman, artist and co-owner of Pheasant’s Tears winery plus restaurants in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. His Living Roots bespoke tour company has gastronomy at its heart while delving into Georgia’s culture and history. Some say the soul of Georgia is its 8,000-year-old wine culture; tours visit winemakers of local varieties such as chinuri and mtsvane made in qvevri, large buried earthenware vessels – unique winemaking listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Aside from khachapuri at street stalls and excellent restaurants, Living Roots offers the unique experience of dining with families visiting cheesemakers, foragers and more.  JANE FAULKNER
➽ TIP: Ensure Pheasant’s Tears restaurant in Sighnaghi is on the tour itinerary. travellivingroots.com

5. Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge wine cellar exterior.

On the Waikato River in Taupo (North Island, New Zealand), Huka Lodge has been enjoyed by the most discerning guests, including HM Queen Elizabeth. The location’s beauty is reason enough to visit. Founded as a fishing lodge in the 1920s, Huka was transformed in 1984 into 25 luxury suites plus the Owner’s Cottage and Alan Pye Cottage, amid seven exquisite hectares of gardens overlooking the turquoise-blue river. Recreation close by includes fishing, golf, hunting, trekking and helicopter tours. Wine lovers visit for the cellar of exceptional NZ wines (and Burgundy); wine dinners feature top chefs and winemakers. When GT WINE visited, Analiese Gregory of Hobart’s acclaimed Franklin restaurant teamed up with Jorge Nunes from Symington Family Wines to present a dinner featuring Douro Valley wines.  JUDY SARRIS
➽ TIP: Choose from twenty-plus secluded dining venues, from the wine cellar to an outdoor spot overlooking the river, for a private dining experience. Look out for the next Big Red dinner, in 2019. hukalodge.co.nz
Old-vine chenin blanc, Skurfberg. Photography courtesy of Sadie Family Wines.

6. Skurfberg, South Africa

Skurfberg is a windswept west-coast mountain between Clan william and the Atlantic, where unirrigated old vines, farmed mostly by Henk Laing, Joshua Visser and Basie van Lill, are producing some of South Africa’s most exciting wines, especially from chenin blanc. Eben Sadie was first to draw attention to Skurfberg’s magic red sand and clay soils with his Skurfberg and (semillon) Kokerboom bottlings.  TIM ATKIN MW
➽ TIP: Other local stars include Ginny Povall (Botanica The Mary Delaney Collection), Chris Alheit (Magnetic North) and Anthonij Rupert (Cape of Good Hope Van Lill & Visser). clanwilliam.info

7. Little Wine Shop in Lyon

The tip came from winemaker Max Graillot in Crozes- Hermitage: “If you are in Lyon you must visit Antic Wine – Jojo is the craziest wine buyer ever!”
I was, so I did, and he’s right: located on a narrow street in the old city, this place holds one of the most fantastic wine treasure troves in the world.
Surrounded by shelves full of sought-after, cutting-edge (but well-priced) bottles, Jojo – owner Georges Dos Santos – will welcome you with a grin, likely pour you a taste of something uncommonly delicious and invite you to negotiate the steep steps down to the cellar, where his own smallgoods hang above really special, old, rare and expensive bottles. The next time you’re in Lyon, take my advice and head straight to Antic Wine.  MAX ALLEN
➽ TIP: Ask about Jojo’s saucisson.  facebook.com/AnticWine
Castello di Brolio in Tuscany. Photography by Dom Sweeney.

8. Italy’s Oldest Winery

Welcome to the birthplace of Chianti Classico – truthfully. It would be easy to while away an entire day at Castello di Brolio, home of the famed Barone Ricasoli label. Grab a light lunch of local cheese and meats, pickles and bread at Agribar Brolio, and maybe a game of foosball, or for a classier experience book a table at the top notch Osteria.

Work it all off with a trek up the hill to the 877-year-old castle, taking in both the history of the decorated Brolio family and the most magnificent views across the patchwork-like Tuscan countryside. Round out the afternoon with a tasting of the superb range of wines at the enoteca. This may be one of Chianti’s high-volume producers, but the wines are excellent, and the experience is second to none.  DOM SWEENEY
➽ TIP: Beneath the tasting room you’ll find a fascinating and quirky collection of vintage race bicycles, with antiquated velocipedes dating back to the 1800s. ricasoli.com/en
Bremerton’s cellar door.

9. From the Cellar

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers (July 2019) and Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures (10-11 August 2019). Best known for cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, these two South Australian regions focus annually on showcasing their mature, well-cellared wines. Coonawarra brings out decade-old (often older) cabernets, shiraz and verticals. Go on a weekend; that’s when many go the extra yard. Check out Balnaves, Bowen, Katnook, Parker, Majella, Leconfield and others. At Langhorne Creek, join winemakers at their cellar doors – Lake Breeze, Bleasdale, Bremerton among them – for masterclasses, tastings and verticals.  TONY LOVE
➽ TIP: The Bowen siblings’ dinner – chef Simon and winemaker Emma – at Pipers of Penola is exceptional.  coonawarra.org and langhornecreek.com
P. Franco.

10. P. Franco, London

Wine shop turned makeshift snack bar, turned restaurant of the year… no joke. Don’t let the title fool you, it’s as anti-restaurant as it gets. Wine first, food on the side. No tables, just a communal bar with too-few stools to house all the walk-ins grazing on handfuls of simple seasonal ingredients. This no-fuss, no-frills attitude has made it one of the most interesting places to eat in London right now (the owners also have a restaurant, Bright, at 1 Westgate Street; see brightrestaurant.co.uk). 107 Lower Clapton Road.  BELLA SARRIS
➽ TIP: Be prepared to stand for your first glass or two.  pfranco.co.uk
De Salis, Orange.

11. De Salis, Orange

Loretta and Charlie Svenson are part of the Orange wine producing fabric. Their wines are a terrific example of minimal intervention winemaking and the view is spectacular, especially in the late afternoon. Nine-hectare Lofty Vineyard sits at 1,050 metres and the cellar door is open daily. The welcome is warm and the stemware top-notch. The wonderful wines are led by the deep and complex De Salis sparklings. Chardonnay and pinot noir are the focus alongside barrel-fermented sav blanc and Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired reds. Stay at Forest Edge Estate house with a gorgeous view over the vines.  PETER BOURNE
➽ TIP: Check the De Salis website for events at home and further afield. desaliswines.com.au
Pick Your Own Prosecco.

12. Pick Your Own Prosecco

16 March is Pick Your Own Prosecco Day at Dal Zotto Wines in the King Valley, brought to you by Australia’s prosecco pioneers. Picking duties are light; smoko consists of antipasti and a glass of prosecco followed by more picking before a three-course lunch at the family’s trattoria. The grapes go towards a prosecco col fondo (“with sediment”) made in a pet-nat style with a second fermentation retained in the bottle. “We want to get people involved in the process, pick some grapes, enjoy lunch and at the end receive half a dozen bottles of the wines just before Christmas,” says Michael Dal Zotto.  JENI PORT
➽ TIP: Stay at a cottage at Dal Zotto or Pizzini Wines next door. dalzotto.com.au
La Fête du Champagne, New York.

13. La Fête du Champagne, New York

La Fête du Champagne is an annual event taking place in New York, featuring two days of seminars by the erudite and modest Peter Liem, a tasting with around 30 top growers and houses, superb food, and a bring-a-bottle dinner. Sounds like a simple finale? It’s not. The bottles are brought by the producers, and they’re old and rare bottlings, verticals, big bottles – and they’re handed around with enormous generosity.
The main problem is keeping track of what you’re tasting, because there’s always another producer at your shoulder with another wine for you. You’ll meet fellow enthusiasts from every continent, and you’ll have a fabulous time.  MARGARET RAND
➽ TIP: Wear comfortable shoes. You don’t want to miss the 1959 because your feet hurt.  lafeteduchampagne.com
Rathfinny’s Flint Barns.

14. Rathfinny, UK

Rathfinny does one of the newest and best English sparklers in the beautiful South Downs, with a sea view and great cliff and beach walks. It’s near the pretty village of Alfriston and the antique shops of Lewes, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Stay in Rathfinny’s converted Flint Barns; the restaurant serves high-standard local fare.  MARGARET RAND
➽ TIP: South Downs National Park is ideal for viewing the mid-August Perseid meteor shower. rathfinnyestate.com
Winestand Waltz: worth looking for.

15. Winestand Waltz, Tokyo

Only a handful of people can fit (standing) in this tiny place about 10 minutes from Ebisu station, but the wine-to-person ratio is in your favour. Yasuhiro “The Wine Professor” Ooyama takes you on a journey through his immaculately catalogued collection of Japanese and European natural wines, with a few daily bites. Every wine is exceptional.  BELLA SARRIS
➽ TIP: Try Ooyama’s cake salé (savoury French cake). 4 Chome-24-3, Ebisu, Tokyo.

16. Wine, Music and Art

Journey through the glorious South of France before taking a five-day cruise up the Rhône enjoying art, music and wine along the way (11-21 September 2019). Led by a stellar team of experts including music broadcaster Christopher Lawrence, wine man Peter Bourne and artists Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis, you’ll follow in the footsteps of Cezanne and Van Gogh in the South before boarding MS Amadeus Provence and cruising to Arles, Avignon and Tournon-sur-Rhône, finally hitting the culinary capital of Lyon to enjoy food and wine as well as musical performances in one of the great concert and opera centres.  JUDY SARRIS
➽ TIP: Extend your holiday with either a pre-trip tour of Champagne or post-trip tour of Burgundy, both led by Peter Bourne.  renaissancetours.com.au
Champagne vineyards.
Historic Gosecker Dechantenberg vineyard.

17. Saale-Unstrut Wine Route

Get on your bike and ride through medieval history, architecture and German vineyards on the Saale-Unstrut Wine Route in Saxony-Anhalt. Wine has been made in this part of Germany for over 1,000 years, a place of ancient dry-stone walls, quixotic cottages, palaces and fairytale castles. Take it all in on a blue day bathed in sunshine, cycling some 60 kilometres from Nebra to Bad Sulza in Germany’s northern most wine region.  DANIEL HONAN
➽ TIP: Stop for lunch and a glass of local weissburgunder by the Saale river at Landesweingut Kloster Pforta. germany.travel/en
Último Porto, Lisbon.

18. Último Porto, Lisbon

The surroundings aren’t much; you pass shipping containers to get there. But Último Porto, in Lisbon’s docklands by the Tagus River, serves some of the city’s best fish. Loved by locals, it’s unknown to most tourists. Wash down the seafood with a cheap bottle of ice-cold Vinho Verde.  TIM ATKIN MW
➽ TIP: Alight from the 15 tram and look for the smoke where fresh sardines are being grilled in the open air. facebook.com/rest.ultimoporto
Polperro’s new cellar door.

19. Polperro Cellar Door

Arriving at Polperro’s new cellar door in the heart of Red Hill you can’t help but notice how close you are to the vineyards. They literally run up to the windows of the new bistro and border the dedicated grassed area where you can share plates of charcuterie and bottles of wine from a dedicated tasting bar with friends in a casual, no-rules kind of way. But it’s clear that what Polperro nails is hospitality. Staff are welcoming, helpful and incredibly knowledgeable and you can’t help but feel like you have been invited to a great party thrown by somebody who knows how to take care of people.  CHRIS MORRISON
➽ TIP: With four villas, Polperro can serve as a luxe base from which to explore the region. polperrowines.com.au
A great way to do the Grampians.

20. Giants of the Grampians

The Grampians is one of Australia’s most beautiful, historical and acclaimed wine regions, with iconic names like Best’s, Seppelt, and Mount Langi Ghiran. Grampians Helicopters specialise in a heightened wine-tasting experience, featuring some of the best wineries and stunning scenery. This airborne tour includes Best’s underground cellar, and a back vintage tasting showcasing 150 years.  DANIEL HONAN
➽ TIP: Stay, dine and relax at Dunkeld’s Royal Mail Hotel to experience comfort with all the provenance and finesse that comes from rural fine dining. grampianshelicopters.com.au
Pieter H. Walser is the brains behind this quirky concern.

21. BLANKbottle, Cape Town

Does anyone in the New World make as many different wines as Pieter H. Walser, whose line-up changes with every vintage? Not even Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg can match him. From his small cellar in Somerset West, close to Cape Town, this creative surfer-cum-winemaker makes around 30 wines a year for his BLANKbottle label, mostly from small parcels of vines around the Western Cape. Walser designs most of the labels and names the wines: Sigh of Relief (Bordeaux blend), Orbitofrontal Cortex (a white blend made by his conscious mind, no less), The Misfit (carignan), Moment of Silence (chenin with grenache blanc and viognier) and Epileptic Inspiration (semillon).  TIM ATKIN MW
➽ TIP: To sit in his cellar, surrounded by antiques and with great music on the playlist, is one of South Africa’s top wine experiences.  blankbottle.co.za
36 °South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup.

22. 36 °South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup

The South Australian town of Penola doubles in size each January for the 36 °South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup – 3,000 visitors attend race weekend and it’s a key moment in the tourism calendar for the wine region.

It kicks off early with the morning dew barely lifted off the race track as the first glass of wine passes your lips, usually a sparkling red. Local winemakers pull out all the stops, especially in the Coonawarra Vignerons marquee which hosts over 700 guests on race day.

Food, wine and music flow into the evening and out around the track, turning it into one massive party and one of the highlights of the rural racing schedule. CHRIS MORRISON
➽ TIP: Pick up a few bottles of Coonawarra cab sav, renowned for its deep flavour and age-worthiness. coonawarra.org

23. TarraWarra Estate

The art museum showcases key Australian artists from the 1950s onwards, plus special exhibitions. The kitchen garden bolsters the produce served in the restaurant, and a range of excellent wines feature in a hillside underground cellar. All this sits alongside native bush and vineyards covering 400 hectares.

What is this complete wine, dine and cultural package? TarraWarra Estate in the Yarra Valley. In 2016, architect Kerstin Thompson’s vision was realised when the stunning new cellar door opened. After tasting the estate’s chardonnay, pinot noir or barbera, enjoy a glass in the restaurant before taking in the latest art exhibition, Through Love, featuring the works of Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester.   JANE FAULKNER
➽ TIP: Book the TarraWarra Festival (23-24 February) to hear the Australian Chamber Orchestra perform in response to the current art exhibition Through Love. tarrawarra.com.au
TarraWarra Estate.
Burnbrae, Mudgee.

24. Burnbrae, Mudgee

This 50-year-old vineyard (an integral part of Mudgee’s modern wine producing era) was given a breath of fresh air when Trine and Andrew Gay took the reins in 2015. The packaging has been updated and the range of wines extended with the crisp Burnbrae 548 Lager to top things off. The Lucky Find Cuvée, Blooming Ranges Rosé and Home Ground Shiraz all reflect Andy and Trine’s laidback outlook to life, with modest prices to boot. Enjoy the family-friendly hospitality daily at the charming cellar door, an ex-dance hall. Don’t miss the Lazy Pizza Sundays, the third Sunday of the month.  PETER BOURNE
➽ TIP: Stay in the cute Winemaker’s Cottage, complete with a cosy fireplace for wintry nights. burnbraewines.com.au
Tom Shobbrook. Photography – Dom Sweeney

25. Shobbrook Wines, Seppeltsfield

The Shobbrook family’s vineyards and winery are in what’s arguably the heart of Big Red Wine Country, but since 2007 Tom Shobbrook has been crafting wines more reminiscent of Mount Etna’s natural wines than Barossa blockbusters. Everything is organically and biodynamically grown and made with the subtlest intervention. There’s no cellar door, but phone or email (well) in advance and you might catch the humble and generous Tom in the barrel shed with a syphon and a couple of glasses. As far as charming wine experiences go, this is up there.  DOM SWEENEY
➽ TIP: Grab a bottle of Poolside Syrah (a light and juicy shiraz inspired by Jura’s poulsard wines) and head to Die Barossa Wurst Haus & Bakery in Tanunda for quality bratwurst rolls. shobbrookwines.com.au
Burnbrae Wines in Mudgee.
Ridgemill Estate, Granite Belt.

26. Queensland’s Granite Belt

Yes, Queensland does have a wine region, the Granite Belt, with a number of family-owned boutique wineries crafting charming chardonnays and stunning shiraz. Even riesling rises to the occasion. Take a self-guided road trip throughout this uniquely cool, high-country (1,000 metres) wine region, stopping in at Ballandean, Symphony Hill, Rumbalara, and Ridgemill Estate wineries, just to name a few. Don’t miss Jamworks Gourmet Foods, outside Glen Aplin, with delicious local preserves, jams and relishes.   DANIEL HONAN
➽ TIP: The Granite Belt can be colder than Canberra, especially at night, so pack something warm. granitebeltwinecountry.com.au
Ben Osborne.

27. Inside Canberra

Ben Osborne is the Canberra District’s leading
epicurean insider. His Local Spirit Tour company offers an intimate way to experience the region’s wines and burgeoning spirit scene, including Underground Spirits and their outstanding vodkas and gins. Customised tours mean you can nominate favourite producers, or just let Ben show you the hidden gems.  DANIEL HONAN
➽ TIP: Ask to taste Osborne’s own Unicorn Vodka. localspirit.com.au

28. Vasse Felix, Margaret River

A behind-the-scenes tour at Margaret River’s founding wine estate, Vasse Felix means exclusive access to The Vault for a tasting featuring the region’s leading varieties, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Built by founder Tom Cullity using water tanks, The Vault now houses Vasse Felix’s wine collection and museum. Be guided through the magnificent winery and barrel hall by the winemaker, before a leisurely amble through one of the region’s oldest vineyards. Afterwards, indulge your senses with a food and wine matching experience in one of Western Australia’s finest regional restaurants.  DANIELLE COSTLEY
➽ TIP: The best vineyard view is from the restaurant balcony. vassefelix.com.au
Vasse Felix restaurant.

29. Naturales, Berlin

Naturales wine bar.

“Because rules are made to be broken” – not such a controversial attitude these days, but one that Pablo Martinez Ruiz lives by, particularly when it comes to wine. He opened Naturales at Friedelstrasse 30, Berlin, about a year ago to offer wines that are “free” (from additives), “full of life” and with a Spanish focus. Soon after arriving you’ll be sipping on a drop selected for you and perhaps snacking on something from the Mediterranean kitchen.  BELLA SARRIS
➽ TIP:  If you’re lucky, you might be invited to the cellar where he keeps his stash and plays techno. facebook.com/Naturalesweinbar

30. Burning of the Barrels

Glandore Estate’s barrel burning.

Every winter, Glandore Estate in NSW’s Hunter Valley invites wine lovers to share their fondness for food and wine and fire at the Burning of the Barrels. Live music plays while Glandore Estate cracks open a generous selection of their boutique wines to drink alongside outstanding food from acclaimed local chef Andy Wright. Then it’s time to ignite the enormous bonfire of barrels, which burns while you and your family and friends sit close, cosy and warm, and eat, drink and be merry under a star-filled Hunter Valley winter sky.  DANIEL HONAN
➽ TIP: Arrive early; a front position will maximise warmth and awe. glandorewines.com
Essential Florence.

31. Essential Florence

Avoid tourist menus. Instead act like a local – hit a lampredotto stand and eat while leaning on the wall gawking at the Ponte Vecchio. Brave the queues at Da Nerbone in the Mercato Centrale for tripe alla Fiorentina and delicious, simple local wine. Trattoria Sostanza has a great little wine list, wonderful food and photos of famous clientele on the walls. Order the epic petti di pollo al burro. Wander the alleys near Il Magazzino and sample the excellent coffee at Ditta Artigianale.  DAVID BROOKES
➽ TIP: Enjoy full tripe immersion and fantastic wine selection at Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino. visitflorence.com
Timber Cove in Sonoma, California.

32. Timber Cove, Sonoma

Drive north from San Francisco along coastal Highway One and you’ll soon be amid Sonoma County’s most spectacular wine country, with vistas of foggy hillside vineyards, ancient redwoods and rugged seascapes. After two hours or so you’ll arrive at Timber Cove, an oasis of a hotel at the north end of the Sonoma appellation. Built in 1963 and recently refurbished, it sits on 10 hectares and offers the chance
to kayak on rivers and the Pacific, and to walk trails winding through the redwoods and along the coast. Its restaurant Coast Kitchen features ingredients sourced locally, and of course there’s an extensive California wine list. The resort can organise visits to local wineries; allow plenty of time for winding country roads.
➽ TIP: Planning to visit wineries dawn to dusk? Add a day or two staying in more central Healdsburg; Timber Cove is for chilling out in splendid isolation. timbercoveresort.com
Zelai Txiki for txakoli.

33. All White in San Sebastián

We’d been in San Sebastián for a few days, revelling in the seaside resort’s seductively indulgent gastronomic culture. We’d drunk tangy local cider and eaten blood pudding pintxos at La Cuchara de San Telmo in the old town. We’d paid ludicrously little (wine list mark-ups here are a fraction of Australia’s) for a rich, golden, ten-year-old white Rioja to match roasted fish at Casa Camara, a restaurant in a 17th-century waterside mansion. Now, at lunch on the sun-drenched terrace at Zelai Txiki, which specialises in modern Basque dishes, the sommelier pours me a long, steady stream of clear liquid from shoulder height, the traditional way to serve txakoli, the super-crisp, lemony local white. Tourist gimmick? Maybe so, but it adds a lively spritz. Utterly delicious.  MAX ALLEN
4850, Amsterdam.

34. 4850, Amsterdam

I asked my friend Matt (head barista at Drop Coffee, Stockholm) for Amsterdam tips. “Go to 4850,” he replied without hesitation. “Like, just go there. It’s the best ever. Amazing coffee, food and natural wine. Best service you’ll ever get.” And that’s exactly what we got, a modest, well-selected list, including my personal favourite (Susucaru from Cornelissen) alongside a few simple seasonal courses prepared in the open kitchen. The room is elegant and calm; so are the staff. Everything was exquisite, from the bread-and-butter at the start to the single-origin coffee at the end. Camperstraat 48-50, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  BELLA SARRIS
➽ TIP: Closed Wednesdays; otherwise open daily to 11pm.    facebook.com/4850nl
P. Franco.

35. BYO at Sean’s Panaroma

With good wine lists and the rise of the sommelier, bringing wine to a restaurant is becoming a thing of the past. Thankfully, there’s Sean’s Panaroma. With warm, experienced service and casual Bondi beachside vibe it’s a sommelier favourite. It’s not unusual to see bottles from domaines of Burgundy and legendary Bordeaux châteaux alongside wines from cult and artisanal producers. Sean Moran’s menu shifts with the seasons; produce is sourced from his Blue Mountains farm.  CHRIS MORRISON
➽ TIP: Book ahead; this is a very popular spot.  seanspanaroma.co
RH Wine Vault.

36. Tasting in the Napa

Here’s a brand new twist on a top spot to taste wine, which GT WINE visited on the recommendation of Penfolds’ Napa-based winemaker Stephanie Dutton. Mai(s)onry by Restoration Hardware, which provides a food, wine, art and design experience all across three beautiful buildings located in the Napa town of Yountville, opened late this year.

Taste wine at the two-storey RH Wine Vault, housed in a historic stone building, or enjoy choosing from the list of limited production wines and Champagne while lounging in the trellised outdoor living rooms. Or dine on chef Brendan Sodkoff’s seasonal menu in the indoor/outdoor restaurant, surrounded by heritage olive trees and illuminated by cascading chandeliers.

Restoration Hardware’s main business is quality home furnishings that you can view in the Design Gallery, as well as all around you as you enjoy this unique setting and a great selection of local wine.  JUDY SARRIS
➽ TIP: Make a reservation as the best spots go fast. maisonry.com
The very height of biodynamic practice.

37. Domaine de Beudon, Switzerland

On an alpine plateau some 800 metres above sea level, Domaine de Beudon is a biodynamic farm with access only by cable car or a vertiginous mountain hike. A Garden of Eden is revealed when you arrive at Beudon, with soulful wines and produce the reward.  MIKE BENNIE
➽ TIP: Don’t miss a visit to the grape processing facility with its 800 metres of piping for gravity flow to the winery at the base of the mountain. Visit beudon.ch/wp
Rioja likes to party.

38. Riotous Rioja

The Rioja harvest festival isn’t for the fainthearted. For seven days every September thousands jam the streets of this famous wine region’s capital, Logroño, turning food, wine and music into a contact sport. The Basque community knows how to party; a long night is ahead when you see restaurants setting up for service at 9pm. As the day moves into night, walk the streets and feel the heat of the day still in the bricks of the ancient buildings and the glow of red wine and jamon Iberico in your belly.  CHRIS MORRISON
➽ TIP: The drink of choice for festival-goers is kalimotxo (half red wine, half Coca-Cola; also called Rioja libre), served in a bladder you can sling around your neck.  spain.info/en/
Brown Hill Estate.

39. Small Family Wineries

Margaret River is home to some big-name wineries but it’s worth getting off the beaten track and exploring some boutique producers. On the Small Family Winery & Vineyard Experience you’ll walk through Brown Hill Estate, Cape Grace Wines and Windows Estate with each of the owners, who are also the people who planted the vines. You’ll also enjoy a private tasting of their award-winning wines crafted from these single-vineyard estates. Learn about the different subregions of Margaret River and what it means to be an artisan winemaker.  JUDY SARRIS
➽ TIP: Bookings are essential. bit.ly/MargaretRiverWineExperience
Enoteca Ferrara.

40. Enoteca Ferrara

Aperitivo time in Trastevere and on our way to dinner we come across a little piazza. There’s a bar, it looks quiet; maybe just a quick one. The front room pulsates with raised Italian voices; this is where the locals go. A man in black behind the bar waves in greeting and tells us to go through to the back room. Behind him a long row of wine bottles is ready for dispensing wines by the glass with a blackboard giving the details on each wine; most are Italian. The bar is a smorgasbord laden with Roman aperitivo specialities: charcuterie, tomato bruschetta, zucchini flowers, frittata, polpettine, cold meats and pizza in big quantities. Dinner seemed incidental but we returned the next night and we were better prepared. We hadn’t eaten lunch.  JENI PORT
➽ TIP: Enoteca Ferrara is home to a ristorante and osteria in addition to the wine bar, La Mescita. enotecaferrara.it

41. Montalcino

Stella di Campalto grows sangiovese grosso on her small estate, San Giuseppe, and from six certified organic and biodynamic parcels she produces sleek single-vineyard Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines of finesse and ethereality – very different to the powerful, intensely structured wines typical of the region. The cantina isn’t technically open to the public, but emailing Stella should land you an appointment to taste these extraordinary wines.  DOM SWEENEY
➽ TIP: The estate’s luxury villa (swimming pool, sweeping vistas) can be rented and sleeps nine. stelladicampalto.it/en
Stella di Campalto.
Romano Levi Distillery, Italy

42. Romano Levi Distillery, Italy

Located in Neive, Piedmont, this grappa-focused distillery is a living time capsule and combines an extraordinary production museum with tasting room. The grappas are distinct, produced from a direct-fire still with the only control being the hand of the distiller, a reflection of minimal intervention and a life immersed in this craft. Wine might be the focus of the region, but this is one of the great visits tourists to the area can participate in.  MIKE BENNIE
➽ TIP: Ensure you include a visit to the room containing the original artworks, where Romano Levi would hand paint each label.  en.distilleriaromanolevi.com
La Cité du Vin.

43. La Cité du Vin

In May 2016 the then President of France, François Hollande opened an approximately A$130 million wine museum, La Cité du Vin. Among it’s exhibitions is a very detailed history of wine, information on every wine region you can possibly know about, and, my favourite, The Buffet of the Five Senses, which has every wine aroma worth smelling. Not only is it a design triumph, but it’s a Mecca for interactive wine education.  JULIAN RIFKIN
➽ TIP: Arrive by tram or Batcub (river shuttle) for a truly scenic experience.  laciteduvin.com
Château de Sacy, Champagne.

44. Château de Sacy, Champagne

For a truly breathtaking outlook of the Champagne region, head to the commune of Sacy just outside of Reims to the hotel Château de Sacy. Surrounded by vineyards, this mid-19th century château was originally called Villa Maria and was built by one of the region’s most famous architects, Pierre Louis Gosset. With four types of rooms all with views of the entire city of Reims out of the hotel’s 54 windows, there’s no dud diggings here. A restaurant on site also means you won’t have to travel in to the city every day of your stay – just grab a glass of Champagne and kick back in the beautiful surrounding gardens.  JULIAN RIFKIN
➽ TIP: There’s even a spa for an extra dose of relaxation.  chateaudesacy-reims.fr
Singlefile vineyard.

45. Singlefile, Great Southern

In the Great Southern subregion of Denmark, Singlefile is a boutique winery that makes some of the area’s finest chardonnays. The cellar door’s Coco d’Vino tasting flight has four wines paired with artisan Cuvée chocolates handcrafted by chocolatier Deniz Karaca. It shatters the myth that red wine best matches chocolate; the standout pairing is the Family Reserve Chardonnay with the Amphora 65% dark chocolate.  DANIELLE COSTLEY
➽ TIP: Book a coffee tasting at Stash Coffee Roasters.  singlefilewines.com
Leixoes in Portugal is just one stop.

46. Grands Crus

Fancy food, vineyards, grands crus and a spot of sea air? The L’Austral sails from Lisbon on April 13 2019 for 10 days at sea, docking at Leixoes, Porto and then Bordeaux (with visits to La Cité du Vin wine museum, Saint-Émilion or Château Siaurac). Then it’s up the coast to Belle-ÃŽle-en-Mer, the beautiful island off Brittany, and finally disembarking at famous UK naval town, Portsmouth. Taste grands crus and new world wines, enjoy gastronomic delights from a top chef and attend on-board wine talks.  JUDY SARRIS
➽ TIP: This annual Ponant cruise is in partnership with Artemis Domaines whose Château Latour promises to be a cracker.  au.ponant.com
Bannockburn Hotel.

47. Bannockburn Hotel, Central Otago

Not so long ago, you’d walk into the Bannockburn Hotel in Cromwell after a long day of winery visits and be greeted by the turning heads of Speights-drinking, blue-singlet wearing locals. Times have changed. Purchased a couple of years ago by Anna and Andy Mackintosh with partners Deb and Martin Day, the Bannockburn has been transformed into an attraction that would be welcome in any wine region. The food offering has levelled up substantially and a meal taken on the outside terrace with views to Cromwell and beyond as the sun sets is the perfect way to end the day. More than 200 wines are on the list, with about 60 available by the glass. There’s a strong local vibe and offerings from classic Burgundy to funky Jura. It’s a great spot.  DAVID BROOKES
➽ TIP: Early dinner outside with that wonderful view. bannockburnhotel.com

48. Tasting Australia

From 5-14 April 2019, Tasting Australia in Adelaide’s Victoria Square hosts A-list chefs and winemakers, with masterclasses and tastings highlighting South Australian producers and interstate guests. Sessions include the finest chardonnays with Michael Hill Smith MW, and a pinot noir comparative tasting between South Africa, Australasia and France. The Glory of Grenache Barossa versus McLaren Vale event boasts plenty of big names. Try a Speed Dating session – 10 minutes of chatting and tasting with leading winemakers.  TONY LOVE
➽ TIP: Love pinot noir? Book into a no-holds barred comparative tasting of this prized variety.  tastingaustralia.com.au
Tasting Australia.
La Cabane à Vin.

49. Hidden Gem in Chinon

Occupying a gorgeous 15th-century building at 23 Place du Général de Gaulle in the Loire Valley town of Chinon, La Cabane à Vin is a treasure-trove of funkily labelled and delicious wines, and superb, simple local food. It’s run by Émilie Riopel, a Québécoise who now calls Chinon home, who founded it with the help of local vigneron Matthieu Baudry. Here you’ll find wines that steer a different path to the mainstream, terrific local fare and the easy hospitality of one of France’s most beautiful wine regions.  DAVID BROOKES
➽ TIP: Ask Emile for Bernard Baudry Franc de Pied.  lacabaneavin.fr
Salentein’s cellar.

50. Argentina

Heading to Buenos Aires in the company of wine man Peter Bourne can’t be a bad thing. He and a local tourism expert will take a small group of 10 travel companions to the high altitude desert of Salta, to the lush valleys of Mendoza and to the lakes of Patagonia. There will be cellar entry and wine tastings at some of Argentina’s best wineries as well as curated dining experiences exploring the different wines and cuisines from the three distinct regions. There are other cultural experiences to be had as well including a cooking class and a traditional tango show. The trip runs from 29 September to 12 October 2019.  JUDY SARRIS
➽ TIP: Patagonia produces stunning pinots in the Rio Negra region so be sure to try some. lirawineexperience.com