From coast to coast, Australia’s wine regions have earned their place among the world’s best, which is why making our way to a wonderful winery, to swill, sip and even stay, has become a favoured Aussie pastime.
But have you ever wondered what life would be like to own and run a winery? Better yet, live on site and watch your own drops grow?
Here are five properties on the market around Australia where you can do just that.
Price guide: In excess of $3 million
Located just a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney, Mudgee is well known within the Australian wine industry for its array of small vineyards and wineries that pack a big punch.
The region, set beneath rolling hills and dotted with old world charms, has become a haven for sustainable and organic winemaking.
One such vineyard that embodies this ethos is Thistle Hill Wines, which has been creating certified organic wines since 1976.
This lifestyle and business opportunity includes 80.45 hectares of property featuring an established winery and crush, large modern storage facilities and a cellar door with a deck overlooking the idyllic vineyards.
The property itself has a history dating back to the 1850s, and embracing two accommodation offerings; a north-facing, elevated four-bedroom home and a three-bedroom cottage.
Price guide: $1.8 million-$1.9 million (Iona Estate), $1 million-$1.1 million (The Eagles Nest)
Due in part to its proximity to Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a mecca of the wine industry and one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, with over 150 wineries nestled among its hills.
To the north of Pokolbin, arguably the region’s main drawcard, Iona Estate resides in one of the area’s most desirable and exclusive enclaves. Made up of two adjacent properties, each with separate titles, this listing features hectares of undulating land, abundant dams and views across both the Brokenback and Barrington ranges.
Number 257 Sweetwater Road, known as Eagles Nest, is a 12.95-hectare portion that offers the chance to design and build something new, while 229 Sweetwater Road has an existing structure which combines three adjoining pavilions into an expansive three-bedroom homestead, with the central living pavilion having an open fireplace and vaulted timber ceilings spilling out onto wide verandahs.
Price guide: $2 million
The diverse landscape of Central Victoria’s wine region allows for an array of red wine production, from distinct cool-spiced Australian shiraz to deep and vibrant cabernet sauvignon.
Extending from the Grampians to the Macedon Ranges, the region allows visitors and locals the chance to explore, and includes the gold rush towns of Ballarat and Bendigo.
Just a short 15-minute drive from Bendigo and set among 11.7 hectares of eucalyptus-forested countryside is the award-winning, family-run winery Sandhurst Ridge.
The property combines multiple revenue streams in addition to the winery operations, including a spacious cellar door and two modern one-bedroom cottages which serve as guest accomodation. Not to be overlooked, the main homestead is a brick veneer building featuring five bedrooms across two self-contained living areas, with views over the surrounding vineyards.
Price guide: $2.75 million
Western Australia’s Margaret River is one of the nation’s largest premium wine regions, attracting visitors far and wide due to its rare combination of world-class surf and top quality wines.
Only a three-hour drive south from Perth, this charming vineyard in the Metricup area presents an opportunity to own a successful vineyard and wine brand.
The well-established vineyard covers 13.65 hectares of the total 28.46-hectare property, with a range of premium wine plantings. Also included are a three-bedroom country homestead which encompasses an office and two bathrooms, and a separate one-bedroom residence, perfect for visiting guests.
Price guide: $1.47 million
Within one of Western Australia’s hidden gems, the Pemberton wine region, boutique vineyards are set among lush green valleys filled with waterfalls and towering forests.
The area’s cool climate lends itself to producing an array of fine wines including chardonnay, merlot and pinot noir. While the region is relatively young, the chance to own one of the area’s first wineries, Donnelly River Wines, is a notable opportunity.
The 57-hectare property, on a bustling tourist route between Margaret River and Albany, combines two lots, with 1200 metres of river frontage surrounded by forests on three sides.
On the site, 19 hectares of disused vineyards can be found along with a rustic cellar door complete with an al fresco area and river views. With multiple residences and existing winery infrastructure, this listing enables a diverse range of tourism and business opportunities.