As well as providing a wonderful opportunity to experience South Australia’s scenic mix of fertile and wild countryside first-hand, a winery tour from Adelaide combines relaxed, laidback sightseeing with the finer things in life – wine and food! Small group tours are best if you want to discover the ins and outs of winemaking and the region’s history, with personalized tastings paired with local produce.
Vineyard stops include tours of historic wineries, wine tastings, lunch at a vineyard restaurant, wine and food pairing, and the opportunity to taste and purchase local produce such as olives, olive oil, honey, cheese and chocolates.
One of the most famous wine regions is the Barossa Valley, right on Adelaide’s doorstep and specializing in shiraz and cabernet sauvignon wines. Winemakers from this historic area include famous names like Yalumba, Seppelt and of course Penfolds, known for their wallet-breaking Grange Hermitage.
Also nearby, in the Adelaide Hills, you’ll find more than 60 wineries producing cold-climate drops like pinot noir and chardonnay. Names to watch for include Chain of Ponds, Petaluma’s and Shaw & Smith.
The Fleurieu Peninsula, just south of Adelaide, is home to the McLaren Vale full-bodied reds produced by Rosemount and Hardys. It’s a great area for cellar door tastings at boutique vineyards, followed by whale-watching on the coast.
Some of Australia’s most prized big red wines come from the Coonawarra region, in the east of the state. Look out for cabernet sauvignon wines at Wynns Coonawarra Estate and Yalumba.
Award-winning rieslings are produced in the Clare Valley, under two hours north of Adelaide in an area celebrated for its lovely bushland. Drop into the heritage-listed Quelltaler Estate winery to sample Annie’s Lane chardonnay, semillon and riesling.
Reply by Viator, April 2013
Doing what: Small-Group McLaren Vale Food and Wine Tour from Adelaide
The tour was very relaxed, giving us enough time at each winery. The wineries generally gave us the chance to choose wines rather than just having a limited, preselected group to taste. What was especially pleasant was the progressive meal, with a course at each winery, so that wine tasting was not overwhelming on an empty stomach. And the food was all delicious! The driver/guide Ross was very cheerful and made all of us comfortable. The small size of the group (12) was perfect to get to talk to an international group of people. Great day!
Reply by Viator, April 2013
Doing what: Small-Group Barossa Valley Wine and Food Tour from Adelaide
Such an amazing driver/tour guide, he gave us heaps of information abount the city of Adelaide and the Barossa region.
We climbed the Big Rocking Horse, talked across the Whispering wall and were able to experience and diverse range of wineries.
Excellent Tour, even for people that live in SA!!
Reply by Viator, March 2013
Doing what: Barossa Valley with Hahndorf Tour from Adelaide
Thoroughly enjoyed it!