What's the best Australian wine region for a film setting?

Your nominations may surprise

By Tricia Brown
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Ballooning in the Barossa Valley in South Australia

Ballooning in the Barossa Valley in South Australia [©South Australian Tourism Commission]

Morning mist over the Yarra Valley
Vineyard rows in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, Western Australia
Red Hill Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria


We recently asked our readers: What's the best Australian wine region for a film setting? With no shortage of ideas for where and what type of movie, here are some of your answers.


SA - Barossa Valley

The most popular film setting was Australia's oldest and most famous wine region - the Barossa Valley.

With over 60 cellar doors, rolling green hills, quaint heritage buildings in picturesque villages, stone churches, galleries and museums and beautiful vineyards, it's obvious to many that the Barossa would make a great backdrop for Australia's next blockbuster.

The area is also renowned for great reds, adding what one reader called 'shirazamatazz' to the stunning location. Or how about "It's in a glass of its own!"


NSW - Hunter Valley

Not surprisingly, the beautiful Hunter Valley, with so many great wineries to choose from, also scored highly. The nearby sensational beaches could also help sell the idea for a movie, it was proposed.

One person who lives close by nominated this wine region so she could feature as an extra! Another, for the historical old homes and buildings along with fantastic restaurants making it 'altogether perfect'. Suggestions for the type of movie included a documentary from the early coal mining days to the current fabulous vineyards.


Vic - Yarra Valley

Rolling hills, beautiful vineyards, the pretty town of Healesville and ready access to Melbourne make this area another winner for a movie setting.

"It has some of the best scenery, as well as wonderful and hospitable locals and amazing wineries" catering to all tastes and needs, says one reader. "You could be in Tuscany," says another. The Yarra Valley certainly has no shortage of excellent vineyard restaurants to keep any film crew happy.


WA - Margaret River

The Margaret River wine region is home to some of our finest wines but it is also "everything and more with simply something for everyone - it would make a great setting for a romantic movie".

The area has much to offer: "From the tall timbers of the karri forests to the amazing beaches and surfing spots, it has so many hidden treasures." One reader suggested that it would be great because there aren't enough films made in WA.


Vic - Mornington Peninsula

"Great scenery, water views, opportunities to develop script that combines multi-cultural themes with sea-change lifestyle decisions." Wow, where do I sign up? Baz, are you reading this?

Along with plenty of scenery, the Mornington Peninsula has great wineries, and miles of gorgeous beaches. Let's not forget the fantastic restaurants, markets and producers to be found here also.


Many other areas received nominations - Adelaide Hills for its 'serene landscape and rustic European settlements', McLaren Vale for its natural beauty, excellent food and wine as well as the beaches, Tasmania's stunning East Coast, Heathcote and the Grampians in Victoria.

And of course the Coonawarra will shortly be in for camera attention when Sister Mary McKillop is elevated to sainthood.

However I think the final word should go to Rutherglen in North Eastern Victoria.

"It has everything: Beautiful weather, brilliant scenery and the most breathtaking wineries. This could easily be the backdrop for a romantic/thriller movie about a girl who went missing after her car breaks down in Rutherglen and she has to stay for a few days."

We'll leave you to open a Rutherglen muscat or topaque and write the rest of the script.

Lights, camera, action!



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