The only downside to visiting a winery is that, unless tastings are kept to an absolute minimum, there always has to be a designated driver. (Or you have to make some kind of transport arrangements.)

Solution: stay at the winery. These days, the canniest and best-resourced spots are full-blown retreats, featuring day spas, wellness offerings, private functions, sculpture parks and more. They’re not itinerary-fillers on your country holiday: they are the holiday.

Mitchelton Hotel and Spa

Accommodation

Mitchelton – and its iconic tower – is best known for its wines. But its newer hotel and Hecker-Guthrie designed day spa are worth the trip to Nagambie.

470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie

Jackalope Hotel

Accommodation

Jackalope has always been a bit more of a hotel that makes wine than it is a winery with a hotel. That's not a knock – it's just where the focus is. And a night at Jackalope – though it will cost you – is one of the best hotel experiences in Victoria, if not Australia.

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North

Seville Estate

Restaurant

In 2018, this acclaimed winery added on-site accommodation. The Homestead is a luxury villa that's ideal for bigger groups. If you're after something smaller, there are a couple of apartments by the vines to rent out too.

65 Linwood Road, Seville

Lancemore Milawa

Accommodation

This isn't a winery, but this beautiful hotel is mere moments away from Brown Brothers, across the road. And considering Brown Brothers doesn't have its own on-site accommodation, this is the next-best thing.

223 Milawa-Bobinwarrah Road, Milawa

Port Phillip Estate

Restaurant

Some of the finest food, wine and views on the entire Mornington Peninsula, which is saying something. And the accommodation is no slouch either: there's a range of king-sized suites to choose from.

263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South
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Polperro Farmhouse

Accommodation

A converted 1950s holiday home on a working vineyard with three bedrooms, a roomy bathtub and an outdoor firepit.

64 Donaldsons Road, Red Hill

Cavedon’s Kilnhouse

Accommodation

This guesthouse is another one that isn't a winery hotel, but that's so close to the vines – there's a vineyard literally on the doorstep – that it may as well be.

Cavedons Lane, Porepunkah

Chrismont

Restaurant

This family-run vineyard started in the 1950s, when founder Arnold Pizzini emigrated from Northern Italy. Visit here with a group and book out the guesthouse. It's inspired by a Tuscan villa, and it's the ideal spot to head to after you've spent the afternoon sipping prosecco.

251 Upper King River Road, Cheshunt

Balgownie Estate Resort and Spa

Accommodation

This luxury resort and winery sits in the centre of everything you’d want to visit in the Yarra Valley.

1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen

The Wine Farm

Accommodation

A cosy cottage and winery set among seven acres of vines. The cellar door is open all summer.

370 Koonwarra-Inverloch Rd, Koonwarra

Nazaaray Estate

Bar

What this winery lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character. Whether it’s the quaint, well-appointed guesthouses (made from reconverted 1930s train carriages) or the idiosyncratic pinot noirs and pinot gris – naturally fermented with wild yeast, then hand-macerated – a visit here is sure to stand out.

266 Meakins Road, Flinders

Cape Horn Vineyard

Restaurant

This picturesque winery also has a comfortable and well-appointed villa for five – which comes with a deck with view of vineyards and the Murray River, and even a jacuzzi.

486 Stewarts Bridge Road, Echuca

Lancemore Lindenderry

Accommodation

An elegantly-restored country estate. The boutique hotel has 40 rooms, a farm-to-table diner, an indoor pool and plenty of cosy couches by the fire.

142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill
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Crittenden Estate

Restaurant

Crittenden has three on-site villas that sit right on the lake. It's a tranquil setting that's right by the vines and the estate's excellent in-house restaurant, Stillwater.

Stillwater Restaurant 25 Harrison Road, Dromana

Seppelt Wines

Bar

This heritage winery kicked off the Grampians’ viticulture boom in the 1860s, then put it on the map with Australia’s first sparkling shiraz. You can stay in the original cottage home of its founder Joseph Best, or opt for extra space at the winery’s stately homestead in view of those historic vines.

36 Cemetary Road, Great Western

Hounds Run Vineyard Tiny House

Accommodation

Rows of shiraz and merlot vines end on the doorstep of this tiny off-grid home in the Grampians. There’s practically no light pollution over the vineyard, so it’s the perfect place for stargazing with a glass of Hounds Run in hand.

Sugarloaf Road, Great Western

McGlashan’s Wallington Estate

Accommodation

McGlashan's four spacious eco-villas epitomise what's great about staying at a winery, with the added bonus of being situated moments from the Bellarine Peninsula’s beaches. You also get a complimentary bottle of the winery’s excellent plonk when you stay.

225 Swan Bay Road, Wallington

Feathertop Winery

Restaurant

Two luxury apartments above the cellar door offer premium views of this Porepunkah vineyard and nearby Mount Buffalo. They’re also an excellent launchpad for exploring the natural beauty of the Alpine Valleys region.

6619 Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah

Polperro Farmhouse

Accommodation

This converted 1950s holiday home accommodates six people, and every inch of it is designed to make you feel at home – if your home is a beautifully appointed cottage dotted with a mix of a vintage and modern decor. There’s also an outdoor firepit and roomy bathtub perfect for cold nights.

64 Donaldsons Road, Red Hill

Airstream Hotel at Mitchelton Winery

Accommodation

Stay in one of seven vintage American-made caravans flanked by lush vineyards. It’s a short stroll to the winery’s hotel and day spa, and its unmissable farm-to-table restaurant, The Muse.

470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie