EXPLORE SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Your guide to the best flavours from the winegrowing regions.

"Home to many of Australia's most prestigious and well-known wine regions, South Australia produces more wine than any other State."

Home to many of Australia's most prestigious and well known wine regions including the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Clare Valley, South Australia produces more wine than any other State. At the Barossa, with its strong German ancestry, visitors can enjoy the home base of iconic brands including PenfoldsWolf BlassYalumba and Jacob's Creek, or taste the powerful reds from shiraz and grenache grapes the region is best known for. The Barossa is also a bounty of artisan foods from skilled producers. Flat, remote Coonawarra is known for its outstanding cabernet sauvignons, while vineyards such as d'Arenberg and Hardy's are famous for their reds from McLaren Vale. The Clare Valley is known for world-class rieslings with labels such as GrossetTaylors and Jim Barry, while the Adelaide Hills’ cool-climate conditions are made for quality pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc from labels such as Shaw + SmithThe Lane VineyardBird in Hand and Longview.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa region, which also incorporates the cooler Eden Valley, is home to world-renowned producers including Penfolds, Henschke and Yalumba, and has been named on the New York Times’ list of “must-see” destinations in Australia. Just one hour north of Adelaide, the Barossa was first settled by migrants fleeing Germany and their fifth and sixth-generation descendants are still making wines.

"The Barossa is best known for its assertive wines, particularly reds made from shiraz and grenache grapes grown on some of the world’s oldest-surviving vines."

The Barossa is best known for its assertive wines, particularly reds made from shiraz and grenache grapes grown on some of the world’s oldest-surviving vines. The cooler Eden Valley is known for stellar rieslings. Leading Barossa wineries include Wolf BlassYalumbaSeppeltsfieldSt HallettPeter Lehmann and Bethany, along with boutique producers such as Elderton, Turkey Flat, Charles Melton, Schild Estate and Torbreck. Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace are the regional icons, with Torbreck's The Laird hot on their heels.

MUST-VISIT CELLAR DOORS

Seppeltsfield

Historic Seppeltsfield, home to some of the finest

fortified wines in the country, has been completely

revamped with its new gardens, impressive tasting

room and Fino at Seppeltsfield restaurant.

Bethany

The Schrapel family has been growing grapes in the

Barossa Valley for over 140 years. The first vineyard

was planted in 1852 from cuttings carried from Europe.

You must visit their historic cellar door with their

spectacular views of the Barossa Valley.

Yalumba

The Yalumba cellar door not only provides wine

tastings but guests also have the opportunity to

experience behind the scenes tours of the famous

on-site Cooperage, vineyard tours and the Smith

Family Museum.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Peter Gago

The Penfolds Chief Winemaker shares his insider's guide to the best of the Barossa Valley.

Read the Q&A with Peter Gago>

McLaren Vale

The Fleurieu Peninsula, of which McLaren Vale is the wine heartland, is just a 45-minute drive south of Adelaide and is blessed with a beautiful coastline and vineyards that produce some of Australia’s gutsiest, most flavoursome red wines. In and around McLaren Vale and Willunga in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges there are 60-plus cellar doors and a warm country welcome, along with some excellent restaurants and cafés.

"In and around McLaren Vale, there are 60-plus cellar doors and a warm country welcome."

The first vines were planted at Chateau Reynella in 1838 and shirazcabernet sauvignongrenache, chardonnay and viognier are among the most planted grapes while lesser known varieties including sangiovesetempranillo, chenin blanc, fiano, vermentino and tannat thrive. Many of the leading wineries here are family-owned, including Oliver’s Tarangad’ArenbergCoriole, Angoves and Geoff Merrill. Also check out Wirra WirraS.C. Pannell and Fall From Grace. More than half the regional producers are members of a local sustainability program.


MUST-VISIT CELLAR DOORS

S.C. Pannell

S.C. Pannell was established in 2004 and has grown

the vineyard with a wide variety of wines to sample

at the cellar door. You can also enjoy a decadent

menu with wine pairings at their onsite restaurant.

D’Arenberg

The cellar door is in a restored 19th-century homestead with magnificent views. In summer visitors can select a tutored tasting or shiraz master class. Lunch at d'Arry's Verandah features local produce matched with the eclectic winery range.

Coriole

Founded in 1967, this family-run vineyard is well known for producing intense but balanced shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and grenache varieties. It’s a beautiful place to visit and will be a feast for all your senses as you walk, eat and drink to taste their outstanding produce.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Steve Pannell

The SC Pannell Chief Winemaker shares his insider's guide to the best of McLaren Vale.

Read the Q&A with Steve Pannell>

Coonawarra

Coonawarra is one of Australia’s most remote wine-producing districts – but also one of its most renowned, producing world-class cabernet sauvignons and shirazes that are invariably beautifully balanced. Coonawarra is just a small dot on the map roughly halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide.

“Coonawarra is one of Australia’s most remote wine-producing districts, but also one of its most renowned."

A cigar-shaped flat strip of red “terra rossa” soil runs from the hamlet of Penola to just north of the minuscule Coonawarra township – a distance of just 24 kilometres – and it is here that you'll find some of the most revered names in Australian wine, including Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Yalumba The Menzies, Katnook Estate and Brands Laira (recently purchased by the Casella family of Yellowtail fame), along with esteemed boutique producers including OtelliaBalnaves, Redman, Bowen Estate, Majella and Rymill. With Coonawarra, the coolest wine region in the state, often unable to meet demand, the nearby regions of Padthaway and Wrattonbully have thrived.

MUST-VISIT CELLAR DOORS

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

This heritage-listed triple-gabled winery was the

birthplace of the wine industry on the Limestone

Coast. The interactive "Make Your Own" blend

experience is popular and guests are invited

to buy a platter and glass of wine to soak up

the ambiance.

Ottelia

Taste the growing portfolio of wine at the Ottelia

cellar door whilst enjoying the sourdough pizzas

and seasonal dishes made with their own produce.

Rymill

Rymill cellar door is a unique experience where

guests are invited to go behind the scenes and

sample a wide variety of wines whilst enjoying

spectacular views of the vineyards. You can also

visit their art exhibition.

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