“Wine is bottled poetry.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson
As wine is usually regarded as the most sophisticated of alcoholic beverages, wine tourism or enotourism is highly developed in many regions around the world, and it can be as simple as hopping on a wine shuttle in Napa Valley or as complicated as renting a villa in the south of France for a month. Enotourism is a great way to learn about the people, culture, heritage, and customs of an area. Some of the famous wine producing regions of the world have been producing wine for centuries or even millennia, and the production and consumption of wine is deeply ingrained in the local culture. Also, these areas tend to be off the beaten tourist track (although not that far off) so enotourism can expose travelers to new and interesting areas. Getting out and visiting wine producers provides contact with local farmers and artisans who care deeply about the area. Wine growers are farmers, and their perspective on the local area, and life in general, tends to be different from other locals typically encountered while traveling.
For the oenophile, enotourism is a wonderful way to better understand terroir, the difficult to define concept that wine makers often use to describe a key component of their art. Roughly speaking, it has to do with how the quality of the land in which the grapes are grown affects the taste of the wine. Tasting wine at a wine shop or in the comfort of home can provide a hint at the terroir that produced the wine. But spending several days visiting the area, chatting with the wine makers and growers, and eating the local cuisine (which has evolved together with the wine for the two to perfectly complement each other) will provide an exceptional context for the wine and give deep insight into why and how the wine turned out the way it did.
Winery tasting room is no longer simply venues to taste and purchase wine. Many offer a complete tourism experience - including services such as restaurants, accommodation, tours, picnic facilities and recreational facilities. Today's tasting room is a place where visitors can interact with the product, the winemaker & experience first hand, the rich diversity that the wine region has to offer.
The tasting room is simply an essential interface between your brand and your customers, bypassing traditional retail channels and allowing for development of a direct relationship. With this objective in mind, winery cellar doors aim to offer services that meet - and exceed - visitor expectations. Considerable effort is put into design elements that create a relaxed and friendly environment, conducive to the visitors' needs.
INDULGE YOUR SENSES IN ONE OF THE
WORLD'S BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS
on the South Coast of Western Australia
Extraordinary biodiversity and a mild Mediterranean climate make the Great Southern Wine Region of Mount Barker, Albany and Denmark a veritable feast of wines, produce, wildflowers and forests. It’s the coolest of WA’s viticulture regions, renowned for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Malbec wines.
- Great Southern Wine Region
- Porongurup National Park
Our wine region is set in some of the most picturesque and un-spoilt countryside in WA. Take time out while you are in the Albany Region and enjoy some of the 26 cellar doors and taste some of famous Riesling. Shiraz and Chardonnay.
Albany Region is home to Pawny Tort from Jingalla Wines and Oranje Tractor Sparkling Pinot Noir.
Take some time out while you are visiting the Albany Region to wander around the vineyards, enjoy a slower pace of life and enjoy our crisp clean air.
Albany is also the birth place of Western Australian Award Winning Single Malt Whisky.
Don't drink and drive.