Australia has a wealth of different experiences to offer visitors. While parts of the country are experiencing unprecedented bushfires, Visit Victoria – Australia’s second-smallest state – is keen to let the world know that it’s open for business.

Eight centuries of history means the food and drink at Chateau de Mercues has a lot to live up to. We send Ben Thorpe over to find it’s matured to perfection.

Growing up in a cricket-mad household in the seventies, it’s no surprise that one of my earliest memories, beyond wines, is of Ian Botham putting the Aussies to the sword in the Ashes series in the summer of 1981.

Is there a finer city than London for passionate oenophiles? I hardly think so – London is bursting at the seams with specialised merchants, wine bars, globe-trotting sommeliers and grand tomes that contain every conceivable rare vintage, from Latour to Cristal.

With Valentine’s Day approaching you will need to get that special someone a bottle of rosé sparkling wine worthy of their love. James Lawrence picks out some of his favourites.