The best wine regions in South Australia

You can’t go far without meeting one of our world famous wine regions. Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia – and one of the nine great world wine capitals, alongside Bordeaux in France, Napa Valley in the United States and Bilbao Rioja in Spain. The network of world wine capitals shares a common asset: their internationally renowned wine regions. Pour yourself a drink and check out our guide to South Australia’s best wine regions.

1. Barossa

Seppeltsfield Road, Barossa

Explore over 80 cellar doors in the Barossa, as well as five-star retreats, opulent self-catering accommodation and sumptuous cuisine. Red wine lovers will be in paradise; enjoy a drink by the fire in winter or outside in the leafy shade in summer, spring and fall. Due to its Mediterranean climate (hot summers and mild winters), the Barossa Cabernets and Shiraz are unbeatable.

2. McLaren Vale

Cube d'Arenberg, Fleurieu peninsula
Cube d’Arenberg, Fleurieu peninsula

Mclaren vale is a favorite wine region of South Australia with over 70 cellar doors to explore. As one of South Australia’s most accessible wine regions, McLaren Vale is just a 40-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD and close to stunning coastal vistas for the Fleurieu peninsula. Here you will find world-class Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay as well as less produced varieties such as Tempranillo, Marsanne, Rousanne and Sangiovese.

3. Clare Valley

Sevenhill Cellars, Clare Valley
Sevenhill Cellars, Clare Valley

the Clare Valley is a quaint, 90-minute drive from Adelaide, with over 40 cellar doors. Known as the heart of Australian Riesling, Clare is known for its exceptional whites. Relax and unwind as you stroll through charming villages and vineyards, glass in hand. A fantastic way to experience the Clare Valley is the Riesling and Rattler Trail, an easy bike path that winds 35 kilometers through the countryside.

4. Coonawarra

Marques Laira, Coonawarra
Marques Laira, Coonawarra

Welcome to the South Australian Red Center, Coonawarra. The ultimate destination for lovers of bold red wines, this picturesque part of South Australia is world famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and its Shiraz is not far behind. Over 24 cellar doors pack the relatively small Limestone coast region, only 20 kilometers in length and 2 kilometers in diameter, including Penley Estate, Laira of the brand, Wynns Coonawarra Estate and Katnook Estate.

5. Adelaide Hills

The Lane, Adelaide Hills
The Lane, Adelaide Hills

the Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s best cool climate wine regions. You’ll find over 60 wineries here, just minutes from town. Think outside the box and treat yourself to a unique Adelaide Hills waterfall. Settle in for a long lunch that could easily turn into a weekend.

6. Riverland

Banrock Station Wine and Wetlands Center, Riverland
Banrock Station Wine and Wetlands Center, Riverland

With vines stretching from the sprawling banks of the Murray River to the edges of the outback, the Riverland is South Australia’s largest wine region. Fed by the Murray River, the Riverland produces some 460,000 tonnes of grapes and over 85 grape varieties, making it an integral part of the Australian wine industry. Here you will find more than 12 cellar doors including Banrock Station, Winegrowers of the Angove family, 919 Wines, Whistling kite and Estate Salena.

7. Langhorne Creek

Kimbolton, Langhorne Creek
Kimbolton, Langhorne Creek

Home to the world’s oldest recorded Cabernet Sauvignon vines and fifth generation wine families, the fertile floodplains of Langhorne Creek produce some of South Australia’s most premium wine grapes. Nestled between the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale just an hour from Adelaide, you can sip wine floating above the vineyards in an architecturally designed shipping container. Kimbolton wines, nestled in a renovated stable dating from 1866 to Bremerton wines or drink 160 years of history at Bleasdale.

8. Eden Valley

Henschke Mount Edelstone Vineyard, Eden Valley
Henschke Mount Edelstone Vineyard, Eden Valley

Flanked by the Barossa and Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley is a characterful wine region where the hillsides are bordered by vineyards and a handful of cellar doors nestle in the valleys. A scenic hour’s drive from Adelaide, the fertile highland country is responsible for producing premium, cool-climate wines that are best tasted straight from a cellar door. Take a seat at Fernfield, Brockenchack, Flaxman or Henschke wines and taste the emblematic grape varieties of the region, Riesling and Shiraz.

There is so much more

Are you still thirsty? It’s still wine time in South Australia! Drink with our guide the best hidden cellar doors, where to rose all day, discover family cellars in South Australia or find wine events near you this weekend.

/ Courtesy of SA Tourism. This material is from the original organization and may be ad hoc in nature, edited for clarity, style and length.

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