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VENUE ROUND-UP: Winery Wedding Venues
This mighty fine country has a lot to offer – including a plethora of quality wines. And what better way to celebrate this fact than with a wedding right where they’re crafted? Read on to discover some of our all time fave wineries.
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Words by Karina Lowndes
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13 July 2016
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Make no mistake, we enjoy a good Australian wine. In fact, if we’re honest, we enjoy mostly any Australian wine.

This mighty fine country has a lot of excellent wineries – and besides the obvious bottled benefits, it means that there’s a whole load of vineyards out there that can grow grapes and host weddings too. Cheers to that.

The venues below are a killer choice (in all seasons) because they boast epic views and some pretty unique reception spaces (think old-school cellar doors and rustic barns).

 

All Saints Estate 

The Murray, VIC

Here, the elegant 18th century castle is hard to miss. Nearby however, you’ll also notice perfectly manicured gardens and hundreds of English Elm trees lining the entranceway. It’s also home to a hatted restaurant led by critically acclaimed chef Simon Arkless. Good food and good wine? We’re sold.

Photo credit: Julian Beattie

 

Darlington Estate 

Perth, WA 

Located only 30 minutes outside Perth, this 40-acre winery certainly packs a punch. The restaurant boasts floor to ceiling windows to allow for unspoilt views, while outside an abundance of fairy lights adds a little magic to the open courtyard.

Photo credit: Teneil Kable.

 

Zonzo Estate 

Yarra Valley, VIC

This epic winery ticks a lot of boxes including an epic Italian menu, endless portrait locations, a ceremony barn, a restaurant space with high wooden ceilings and last but not least – wine (and plenty of it). P.S They’re currently running a promotion for winter weddings.

Photo credit: Lost in Love Photography

 

John Gehrig Wines 

The Murray, VIC

You’d be silly to overlook this smaller scale winery operated and owned by husband and wife Ross and Meghan Gehrig (Ross’s father John Gehrig was a fourth generation vineron). With a converted wine shed, marquee and fire pit, this place is picture perfect.

Photo credit: Georgie James Photography

 

Edwards Wines 

South West, WA

A versatile space with plenty of indoor/outdoor options, this winery makes planning a wedding simple with an on-site marquee, luxury accommodation and the option to BYO alcohol. The best bit though (besides the wine) – it’s pet friendly too!

Photo credit: Edwards Wines.

 

Dryridge Estate

Blue Mountains, NSW

This venue’s selling point are the views. Nestled deep in Megalong Valley, it’s the ultimate place to watch the sun set (preferably with a glass of wine in hand). It’s also ideal for couples wanting to design their own day – either beneath the rustic cellar door structure or outside overlooking the vineyard. There’s onsite accommodation too.

Photo credit: Dryridge Estate.

 

Swallowfield Vineyards 

Yarra Valley, VIC

If driving long distances doesn’t float your boat Swallowfield Vineyards – located only an hour outside Melbourne – could be something to consider. Not to mention it has 150 acres of beautiful lush grounds, two ornamental lakes, pine forest and a vineyard with a boutique winery that functions as a charming reception space. Just saying.

Photo credit: Swallowfield Vineyards.

 

St Leonards Vineyard 

The Murray, VIC

Take a step back in time at St Leonards – a winery that first began in 1860 and still maintains its old-world charm. The original barrel hall and main reception space known affectionately as ‘Harold’s Room’ certainly make an impression, as does the century old gum-tree that sits outside right on the banks of The Murray.

Burnbrae Wines 

Mudgee, NSW

Burnbrae Wines is proof that sometimes less is more. Here nothing is overdone and yet that’s exactly why it’s so wonderful. Guests will feel they can truly relax and let their hair down while surrounded by some of Mother Nature’s best work. We’d happily spend a few champers’ worth of time on their sheltered deck and grassy lawn.

Photo credit: 2 Hungry Guys.

 

Howard Vineyard 

Adelaide Hills, SA   

A beautifully restored stone barn is what sets this space apart. Featuring stunning freestone rubble walls and polished concrete floors, it’s an ideal canvas for the creatively inclined. Set amongst ancient gum trees and thousands of tussled vines, here you’ll feel another world away.

Photo credit: Shona Henderson Photography.

 

Box Grove Vineyard 

Central Victoria, VIC 

Ideal for smaller-sized celebrations, Box Grove Vineyard serves delicious food and wine in a magical setting. There are views over the creek, spectacular colours come spring and autumn and Sarah Gough – a lovely lady who has owned and operated the farm for 20 years.

Photo credit: Box Grove Vineyard.

 

The Riverstone Estate 

Yarra Valley, VIC

Come here and chances are you may never want to leave. The views are insane (especially during sunset) and the staff are passionate about what they do. The venue itself allows for a relaxed, personalised wedding and the wine, well, it’s delicious.

Photo credit: Perla Photography.

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