South Australia is known as Australia's wine capital. Experience stunning wine regions less than an hour away from Adelaide city.
The wine capital of Australia
Witih more than 200 cellar doors on its doorstep, Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia - and one of the nine Great Wine Capitals of the World, along side Bordeaux in France, Napa Valley in the US and Bilbao Rioja in Spain. The network of global wine capitals share a common asset: their internationally renowned wine regions.
We’re sure you’ve heard of the Barossa - home to Seppeltsfield which won the title of Best Wine Tourism Service at the Great Wine Capitals event in Portugal, November 2016. But there is so much more to explore from the Adelaide Hills, to McLaren Vale, up to the Flinders Ranges and down to the Coonawarra.
But first, a quick word on phylloxera – a small bug that causes big problems. This aphid-like insect feeds on grapevines. At different times it has devastated wine regions around Australia and throughout the world. Thankfully South Australia remains phylloxera-free and we’re working hard to make sure it stays that way. If you’ve recently visited an interstate vineyard, you can help us out by making sure your car and shoes are cleaned, and please always ask before you enter a vineyard. Now back to the fun stuff...
The Adelaide Hills is one of the wine regions that sits on Adelaide's doorstep.
Adelaide and Adelaide Plains
Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains
are home to wineries like Penfolds. You’ll find the National Wine Centre of Australia in Adelaide. It’s a great place to learn about wine. You’ll discover cellar doors and tasting rooms in and around Adelaide city, giving you plenty of wine tasting opportunities.
The Adelaide Hills
Just a short drive from Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills
is a great place to spend a day touring cellar doors.
Two wine regions combined make up the Barossa
. Both areas have their specialty wines. Eden Valley
has a reputation for amazing Riesling, while the Barossa Valley is home to some of the world’s best Shiraz.
is a little further north from the Barossa. Clare Valley is famous for Riesling and you’ll know why once you try it. Follow the Riesling Trail by bicycle and stop at cellar doors to try some of this well made drop.
, Langhorne Creek
, Currency Creek
and Southern Fleurieu
are all wine regions on the Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide. You’ll be spoilt for choice with this array of excellent cellar doors. Keep an eye out –
you may find a brewery door or two as well!
Stop at a Kangaroo Island cellar door or distillery for tasty liqueurs. Wherever you are on the island, you’ll be near a winery that will please your taste buds.
Coonawarra, Padthaway, Mount Benson, Cape Jaffa and Wrattonbully are on the Limestone Coast. The Limestone Coast is renowned for great, robust wines, thanks to its unique terra rossa soil that gives the grapes a special flavour due to the limestone layers. You’ll want to taste wines from Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate, Zema Estate and Hollick Wines in the Coonawarra. Try more wines from Padthaway Estate Winery, Mt Benson Premium Estate Wines, Cape Jaffa and Russett Ridge.
Also on the Limestone Coast are the Robe
and Mount Gambier
wine regions. Both are young wine regions but have exciting futures. Most grapes leave the area, but a few wineries have local cellar doors. In Robe you’ll find Karatta Wines and Governor Robe. Mount Gambier has Haig Wineyard and, by appointment only, Herbert Vineyard.
The Riverland is located on the Murray River. It is home to some well-known and loved wineries. Visit Berri Estate, Banrock Station Wine and Wetlands Centre, Caudo Wines and Angove’s Family Winemakers. There is a Riverland Wine and Food Trail Map to help you discover the great wines of the area.
Southern Flinders Ranges
The Southern Flinders
wine region produces some surprising wines. Places like Remarkable Wines, Bundaleer Wines (tastings at the North Star Hotel) and Bartagunyah Estate have an exciting array of wines for you to taste.
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