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What Everybody's Buying in Melbourne: Wine!

March 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | ()

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

In a country almost the size of the U.S., Australia has plenty of things to see, do, and bring home to your friends and family as little memento of your travels. One thing which Aussies take seriously is their wine, and this is doubly true in the Melbourne area. With vineyards around the country churning out award-winning bottles, bringing home a super special sip is often on the list.

Melbourne is located around 90 minutes away from some of the more popular wineries, (like Chandon and de Bortoli) for tasting, wining, dining, and best of all, purchasing favorite bottles. And if you'd rather follow a path less trodden, lots of smaller, boutique wineries dot the landscape in the Yarra, Goulburn, Rutherglen, and Alpine Valleys.

Day trips are available from Melbourne, but we'd recommend a two- or three-day getaway to escape the city and fully appreciate settling back at some cabins, a bed & breakfast or even an on-vineyard hotel. Staying in wine country will not only be safer after sampling some varietals, but allow for a more thorough country experience.

Many of the traditional harvests are highlighted, including some of Australia's finest; when talking whites, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling, or, for more full-bodied tastes, reach for the Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Whichever bottle you decided to take home, many cellar doors will ship overseas for a fee.

If you're going to pass on the international shipping, make sure you remember the 1-liter limit to bring wine back home to the US, before you have to declare and pony up a fee. Don't also be fooled by the lower drinking age in Oz; you still need to be at least 21 years old to bring alcohol back into America.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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