Winter wine time is all wrapped up in red. We've some 600 cellar doors across our 20 wine regions, with spectacular winter wines to keep you warm. This is the season to pick out your favourite pinot, single out your dream sangiovese, settle in with a robust shiraz or durif, and top off the experience with a perfectly aged muscat. Wander our wine regions, grape by grape.

Pinot and cabernet

Pick your way through prize-winning pinots and cabernets in the Yarra Valley. Sample the best from wineries and vintages big and small. The Yarra Valley's cabernet grapes take their character from the fertile, red, volcanic soil they're grown in. Pick up cool climate, full-bodied wines, with silky tannins and floral to herbal notes.

Exceptional pinot noir is a given on the Mornington Peninsula. Wander into boutique wineries and cellar doors in spectacular settings. And taste your way along the Pinot Coast, as you visit highlight vineyards from Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.

In the Macedon Ranges, pick an elegant pinot at Hanging Rock and Passing Clouds. In Gippsland, stop for a drop at Narkoojee and Cannibal Creek.

Shiraz and durif

Start your shiraz circuit in serious red wine country: the Heathcote and Bendigo wine regions. A flagship varietal in the area since its early planting, the shiraz here is deservedly world famous.

In Rutherglen, you'll find the best durif. Most of the region's twenty wineries grow and produce the signature drop (along with shiraz), so knock on cellar doors to earn your tasting stripes.

Back on the shiraz trail, sample award-winning and iconic drops in the Murray-Darling Swan Hill wine region.

Head west to the Grampians wine region, where Best's Great Western and Mount Langi Ghiran are among Australia's most acclaimed shiraz producers.

Complete the circuit in the Geelong wine region, where each July wineries showcase their finest drops at the Winter Shiraz Weekend.

Sangiovese and nebbiolo

Warm yourself with the King Valley's signature sangiovese at the Weekend Fit For a King and match other Italian favourites, like nebbiolo, with rustic Italian winter meals. Meet local characters at renowned wineries Dal Zotto and Pizzini and keep an eye out for winter food and wine events.

Muscat

The Rutherglen wine region is famous for its muscat, which pairs just as perfectly with savoury starters as it does rich desserts, Chesterfields and open fires.

By day, cycle the banks of the Murray River to wineries along the Muscat Trail, by night, settle into cosy cellar door bars and restaurants. Don't miss muscateering at All Saints Estate and Scion Vineyard and Winery.

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