Visit Kangaroo Island for its wildlife but fall in love with its wine.
Vineyards, wineries and cellar doors
Bay of Shoals Wines has a maritime theme. It can be found north of Kingscote, overlooking Bay of Shoals and Reeves Point. The cellar door is open seven days; try Rosé, Sparkling Rosé and late harvest Riesling. The vines are hand pruned and the grapes, handpicked.
Dudley Wines is one of the island’s original wineries. The cellar door is open seven days. Drop in and taste the full range. Stay for the afternoon and relax on the deck overlooking Backstairs Passage (the section of water separating the island from the mainland). Indulge in a platter of regional produce.
Established by renowned Bordeaux winemaker Jacques Lurton after falling love with the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island, The Islander Estate Vineyard's intimate tasting room located in Cygnet River is the perfect spot to stop off and quench your thirst with their French-style wines. Sip your way through a guided tasting before kicking back on the deck with your favourite wine paired with a regional platter.
The first commercial Kangaroo Island wine was produced at Amadio Wines under the Kangaroo Island Trading Company brand. You'll find the cellar door in Kingscote.
False Cape Wines run the largest vineyard on Kangaroo Island, with a new cellar door where you can now sample and buy their minimal intervention wines that honour sustainable and time-honoured wine practices. With a deck that looks onto the Terra Rosa soils of limestone on the banks of the Willson River flat, False Cape Wines' cellar door has an idyllic Australian setting.
Something more spirited
For something different, try Kangaroo Island Spirits. It’s the island’s only boutique distillery. Its range includes six liqueurs, three vodkas and a premium gin. The cellar door is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Kangaroo Island Ciders produce alcoholic ciders and a non-alcoholic sparkling apple juice. Their cellar door is at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery.
For beer lovers, Kangaroo Island Brewery which was established in 2015 offers a wide range of KI craft beers, while the Drunken Drone Brewery's Honey Wheat Ale is available at Clifford's Honey Farm.
At Kangaroo Island Brewery, all the beers brewed are made on site using water from the shed roof. They include various ales, a stout and Mexican style KIB Cerveza.
Drunken Drone is a small microbrewery which started with a Honey Wheat Ale, hand-crafted in small batches using traditional mash brewing techniques.
Hazyblur Wines is a small boutique winery established in 1998 with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris planted in 2001.
Lathami Wines is located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, with Shiraz vines planted in 2000, followed by southern Italian white variety Fiano, planted in 2009.
Snow Dragon Wines is a new label for a 25-year-old vineyard, formerly known as Cape d’Estaing. Premium red wines are made from grapes grown exclusively on Kangaroo Island.