The wine capital of Australia
There are over 200 cellar doors on Adelaide’s doorstep. Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia. We’re sure you’ve heard of the Barossa. There is so much to explore, including McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra and more!
South Australia has 18 distinct wine regions. Two or more wine regions are often grouped together. It’s almost as if it was designed to make it easy for you to do a grand winery tour! Here’s a quick rundown of Australia’s wine capital.
But first, a quick word on phylloxera - a small bug that causes big problems. This aphid-like insect feeds on grapevines and 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...
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 the city, the Adelaide Hills is a great place to spend a day touring cellar doors. If you “fall” for one cellar door, camp out on rolling lawns or in front of a fireplace for the afternoon.
Barossa Valley and Eden Valley
Both regions combined make up the Barossa. Each area has its speciality in wines. Eden Valley has a reputation for amazing Riesling. The Barossa is home to some of the world’s best Shiraz.
Clare Valley 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”.
Stop at a Kangaroo Island cellar door or a 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 and Wrattonbully are on the Limestone Coast. The Limestone Coast is renowned for great, robust wines, thanks to its unique terra rossa soil (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.
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 and Angove’s Family Winemakers.
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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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas you might like.