New wine trail guide

Wine Trails Australia & New Zealand is available at the Lonely Planet’s online store. (Photo: Supplied)

Lonely Planet has just released Wine Trails, Australia and New Zealand, a handy guide for visitors to 30 Australian and 10 New Zealand wine regions. Before continuing, I should declare that I was the main contributor for the New Zealand section and Huon Hooke did most of the research and writing on the Australian wine regions. We were both paid a one-off fee and don’t receive a share of royalties.

It’s an attractively illustrated book that’s good enough to grace a coffee table and useful enough to earn a place in a car glove-box.

The guide provides a good overview of all the main regions, listing a group of “must visit” wineries as well as offering recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and what to do when you are tired of visiting wineries, staying and eating.

It’s not a definitive guide to wineries and it’s certainly not a ponderous reference book that doubles as a sleeping pill. Huon offers wisdom gained from frequent visits to wine regions with anecdotes and opinions adding colour and personality to the text. I try to do the same.

It’s an attractively illustrated book that’s good enough to grace a coffee table and useful enough to earn a place in a car glove-box. Lonely Planet knows a thing or two about designing unstuffy travel guides that are a pleasure to read and offer practical and accessible advice.

Clear maps showing the location of featured wineries help plan and execute your trip without having to listen to the sometimes-annoying drone of the voice on Google maps.

Wine Trails Australia & New Zealand is now available at the Lonely Planet’s online store with a retail price of AUD $34.99/NZD $36.99.

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