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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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Balgownie Estate Resort and Spa

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

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

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

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

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

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