Australia’s Wine Capital
South Australia is the home of Australia’s wine industry with 18 wine regions including the world-famous Barossa – home to some of Australia’s most lauded red wines. The Barossa and other iconic wine regions, such as Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, have over 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive of Adelaide, making these regions an enjoyable day trip out of the city, or an indulgent night away.
From rustic, tin sheds to superior tasting rooms, South Australia’s cellar doors are as diverse as they are plentiful. Some offer food experiences – everything from picnic baskets and regional platters to degustation menus, where you can enjoy the wine by the glass or bottle.
Here is just a taster of South Australian cellar doors
Deviation Road cellar door is the crowning glory of a smart boutique wine brand established by Kate and Hamish Laurie 10 years ago. It is located at the gateway of their gorgeous 50 hectare property on Scott Creek Road, Longwood – a five minute drive south-west of Stirling in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. It is set amongst native Australian beauty, opposite Sir Mark Oliphant Conservation Park, and surrounded by the Laurie’s own 35 hectare virgin scrubland.
Hahndorf Hill Winery specialises in exciting new-wave wines, including Gruner Veltliner and Blaufrankish. It also hosts ChocoVino tastings – an experience based on the concept of terroir, where fine wines are matched with the world’s most exclusive chocolate.
Set among the rolling hills on the banks of Greenock Creek at Seppeltsfield, Hentley Farm is a boutique, single estate vineyard that produces distinctive wines reflective of the exceptional site.
Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, on the banks of Jacob’s creek offers public wine tasting areas and facilities for professional and specialised tastings. A gallery area includes information on the history of the Barossa and of the Jacob’s Creek brand, wine production techniques and viticulture. In addition, there is a restaurant offering a menu using quality local produce married with a selection of premium wines.
Situated in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Gardens, the National Wine Centre offers the complete wine experience. The centre represents every wine region in Australia - over 50 regions in total - and takes visitors on an interactive journey through the past, present and future of the Australian wine industry via state of the art multi-media technology.
The Lane Vineyard is located in a most beautiful setting. The environmentally responsible small batch winery is one of the newest in Australia producing outstanding single vineyard wines.
The Pike & Joyce brand represents the coming together of two long established South Australian families to form a joint venture vineyard and cellar door at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills. The Cellar door, opened recently in 2014, is an idyllic destination for a weekend drive to the hills for a tasting and some superb food.
Shaw + Smith began over a long lunch in 1989 when cousins Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith decided to realise a long held dream to make wine together. They specialise in Sauvignon Blanc, M3 Chardonnay, cool climate Shiraz and more recently small batches of Pinot Noir. This is a different type of cellar door experience – with no bar and no free tastings, but plenty of fresh air and beautiful surrounds.
Samuel Smith founded Yalumba in 1849 after purchasing a 30-acre parcel of rich earth. Six generations and more than 150 years later Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery remains one of the most popular wineries with tourists because of it’s beautiful landscaped gardens and the winery’s Clock Tower (circa 1906).
For more information visit the Adelaide Visitor Information Centre in James Place, Adelaide or Phone (within Australia): 1300