Adelaide Wine Region

By Viator, August 2014

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South Australia has several iconic winemaking regions, thanks to the state’s hugely influential 19th-century German settlements. Many of these wonderful day trip destinations are under two hours from Adelaide’s city center, and feature historic buildings, fine restaurants and tasting rooms, and landscaped gardens surrounded by rolling hills striped with manicured lines of vines.

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.

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