South Australia offers some of the country’s best wine playgrounds. The Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills to mention just a few all offer top class boutique drinking experiences and are chock full of excellent wineries, waiting for your taste buds. In fact, so well regarded is the region Adelaide has been voted one of the nine great wine capitals of the world, alongside Bordeaux in France and the Napa Valley over in California.
That’s not to be sniffed at. So with hundreds of wineries to choose from, and with a lot of tasting to be done, where should you start? Here are just a few choice wineries to get you started.
Top 5 Wineries in South Australia
d’Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale
Just down the road from Adelaide, the d’Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale is one of the best in the area.
With a self confessed dedication to “the art of being different”, d’Arenberg is set in a stunningly restored 19th century homestead looking over the Willunga Hills and across the Gulf of St Vincent. Just next door is d’Arry’s Verandah restaurant offers fantastic Australian cuisine to pair with their beautiful wines.
Guests can choose from a variety of wine related activities including making your very own wine blend at the Blending Bench. Choose from a palette of distinctive wine parcels and blend them to your own taste.
Tuck into a whopping 8 course meal at d’Arry’s afterwards and marvel at your own wine making skills. Or kick back in the newly opened d’Arenberg Cube, a 5 storey wine centre resembling a Rubik’s Cube housing bars, a restaurant and tasting rooms. The views from the top are spectacular. This is the perfect way to finish up a the popular Perth to Adelaide Tours, South Australia awaits at the end of your trip to offer you the finest drops of wine.
Penfolds Magill Estate
Another hot spot among top 5 Wineries in South Australia located close to the Adelaide CBD is Penfolds Magill Estate, one of the best known brands in Australian wine. Dating back to 1844 this beautiful winery holds heritage listed status and houses a series of secret underground tunnels and cellars.
There is also a fine dining restaurant serving excellent Aussie fare, should all that wine tasting get your stomach rumbling. Guests can choose from a variety of experiences, with the best value being the Penfolds Iconic Experience where you get to visit the Grange Cottage and cellar, and head out on underground drives followed by tastings of the wineries best wines and a three course lunch. The only downside being you’ll want to move in afterwards.
Lane Vineyard in Adelaide Hills
Set in the heart of the Adelaide Hills is the Lane Vineyard. This is a newbie producing small batch wines born from state of the art technology. ‘The Lane’ has a beautiful setting overlooking the hills and has an excellent restaurant on site offering cutting edge Australian meals.
The Lane’s Gathering Indulgence wine flight takes place on a hill top overlooking the estate, where guests enjoy seven premium wine tastings paired with tasty chef prepared food. With 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside to match, your wine supping view doesn’t get much better.
We all know this one. The Barossa’s best known, and well loved winery, Jacob’s Creek has been synonymous with Australian wine since 1976. With origins dating back to 1847, the wine was named after the creek that runs through the Barossa Ranges and today is one of the top stops on any South Australia wine tour.
The excellent visitor centre recounts the history of the vineyard and the award winning restaurant offers up tasty meals. If you prefer to head out into the sun, sign up for a Jacob’s Creek Gourmet Picnic and sip your wine under one of the red river gum trees on site.
Another Barossa gem is Seppeltsfield an iconic winery famous for producing wines every year from 1878. The rambling estate covers a whopping 420 acres, with gardens and stunning heritage listed buildings and of course a grand vineyard.
There are four tasting pods and a VIP mezzanine lounge to enjoy, as well as a multi award winning restaurant on site serving excellent food, and naturally a pretty good wine list.
The Taste Your Birth Year experience is just that, you get to try the vintage from the year you were born in the Centennial Cellar. Let’s hope it’s a good one.