If there’s a better way to spend a winter’s afternoon than curled up by a roaring fire with a glass of good red in hand, we’re yet to discover it.
Be enticed out of hibernation and into some of South Australia’s cosiest venues as the crackle of a warm fire and a glass of deep red beckon winter wanderers inside. Here’s our top spots to warm up… We’ll save you a spot by the fire.
Hentley Farm, Barossa
Nestled among the rolling green hills of the Barossa, Hentley Farm’s award-winning cellar door is the perfect place to defrost and unwind with a glass (or two) of seriously good wine. Housed in a cosy 1840s cottage complete with an open fire place, exposed stone walls and wood beam ceilings, this boutique cellar door in the heart of Seppeltsfield oozes historic charm and embodies the rich culture of the Barossa. If you’re feeling hungry, wander over to the award-winning on-site restaurant of the same name for an epic winter feast. Settle in, we could be here a while!
Krondorf Creek Farm, Barossa
A generous splash of wine at a picture-perfect Barossa farm steeped in the region's rich history? If you insist! New kid on the Krondorf Road block, Krondorf Creek Farm, is a must visit this winter, with handcrafted wines of provenance and some of the friendliest winemakers around pouring for you. Stop in for a relaxed wine tasting, explore the historic property and stay on to warm up by the biggest open fireplace in the Barossa that we know of!
Kellermeister Wines, Barossa
Home to the world’s best shiraz (it’s official) and a roaring open fire, KellermeisterWines are more than qualified to chase away those winter blues. Spend an afternoon in the famous mud-brick cellar door tasting award-winning wines, apple cider and fortifieds accompanied by a local produce platter, all while kicking back by the open fire. If you can pull yourself outside, the Lyndoch winery also boasts one of the most breathtaking views in the Barossa.
Henschke Cellars, Barossa
Drink in the Barossa’s rich wine making history fire-side at one of the region’s most iconic wineries, Henschke Cellars. Nestled in the lush hills of Keyneton, Henschke’s original 1860s stone cellar and famed fifth-generation wines are the perfect combination to take the chill of any winter’s day. While you’re there, rug up and roam among the ancient, gnarled vines in the famed Hill of Grace vineyard.
Uraidla Hotel, Adelaide Hills
If you still haven’t been to the Uraidla Hotel, it’s time to amend this travesty. The quirky Adelaide Hills pub in the lush surrounds of Uraidla is extra-cosy come winter, when a wood fireplace warms the bar area. Complete with original exposed stonework, eclectic décor including upside down lampshades hanging from the ceiling, and comfy leather couches, we recommend snagging a spot by the fire and enjoying a glass or two from their exclusively South Australian wine list. Make sure you stay on for dinner.
Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills
Cosy-up in Mount Lofty House's on-site bar, the Arthur Waterhouse Lounge for a glass of red and a casual meal by the roaring fireplace. Had your fill of red (gasp)? Change things up and check out the impressive cocktail menu or the seemingly endless whiskey collection. If you’re feeling indulgent, it’s the perfect sport for a pre or post dinner drink before heading next door for an incredible feast at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant. This Crafers restaurant has quickly made a name for itself with a timeless menu and sommelier-matched wine list earning Hardy’s Verandah 3 Chef Hats and countless national and international awards.
Karrawatta, Adelaide Hills
Wander in to a converted dairy nestled in the Adelaide Hills between vineyards and bush and you will discover one of Adelaide’s most picturesque new cellar doors. Karrawatta Wines is a small family winery dating back to 1847, pouring up single vineyard wines in their tastefully decorated, historic cellar door in Meadows. Grab a glass of their award-winning Shiraz, a cheese board and curl up by the indoor or outdoor fire for the perfect winter’s afternoon.