May has been declared the official month of wine!
For the sixth year in a row, Aussie Wine Month celebrates the world-class wine produced in our very own backyard.
While we wish every month could be Aussie Wine Month - it's not. So why not check out some of the best vineyards within driving distance while you still have a good excuse to "test" some of Australia's tastiest fine wines?
We've put together a list of the 5 best places close to the coast to celebrate what is possibly our favourite month - check it out!
1. Cottontail Wines
Where: 562 Pattersons Rd, Harefield
Drive time from Wagga: 15 minutes
40 hectares of vineyards and olive trees provide a perfect backdrop to the restaurant and cellar door, with tastings available whenever they’re open for business. Their restaurant menu features a mix of tapas, woodfired pizza, and a la carte items, all of which can be enjoyed with your favourite drop of Cottontails wine.
2. Tumbarumba Wines Escape
Where: 3446 Jingellic Rd, Tumbarumba
Drive time from Wagga: 90 minutes
Described as a Tuscan style cellar door where you can try their cool climate wines and soak in the atmosphere of the mountains. The cellar door is open on weekends (or weekdays by appointment) and you can sample and purchase their pinot grigio, shiraz, and chardonnay among others. Add to this their fantastic restaurant with 3 locations for dining and it makes for a great escape to the mountains.
3. Calabria Family Wines
Where: 1283 Brayne Rd, Griffith
Drive time from Wagga: 2 hours
With a 3 generation history, Calabria Family Wines continues to go from strength to strength. Formerly known as Westend Estate Wines, they are a multi award winning winery, taking out Best Tasting Experience 2017 at the Cellar Door Awards, and Winemaker of the Year at the Australian Women in Wine Awards. They’re open 7 days a week for tastings from the Cellar Door, with group tastings, wine and cheese tastings and group tours available by appointment.
4. De Bortoli Wines
Where: De Bortoli Road, Bilbul
Drive time from Wagga: 2 hours
The winery where De Bortoli began, and the spiritual home of the De Bortoli range. Their Cellar Door is open 7 days a week where you can sample their reds, whites and of course their world famous Noble One Botrytis Semillon, one of the most internationally awarded wines ever produced in Australia. Take a picnic, take the kids (there’s a playground there too) and relax in the gardens to celebrate Wine Month.
5. All Saints Estate
Where: 315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah
Drive time from Wagga: 1 hour 45 minutes
One of the oldest wineries in the region, with the first vines planted as far back as 1864! Boasting a phenomenal restaurant run by former a chef with Michelin Star Restaurant experience and a knowledgeable team at the Cellar Door, your visit to All Saints Estate will be amazing from start to finish. A variety of tastings are available with their Estate Range, Premium Range, Family Cellar Range and their Fortified Wines. They’re open 7 days a week for you to sample their wares and relax in the grounds.
If you don't have the time to get to one of these amazing wineries I guess you could do what you would any other month - just drink your wine at home!