Indulge Yourself in South Australia’s Historic Wine Regions
The area surrounding Adelaide is packed with world-class wineries. It’s time to pile in the car and head for the countryside!
One of the oldest wine regions in the country, Barossa Valley has kept us all awash with Chardonnay, Semillon, rich fortified blends and, of course, its trademark Shiraz since the 1840s. The sprawling fields are home to several international giants of the industry (Penfolds, Henschke and Jacob’s Creek, anyone?), as well as young up-and-comers like Torbreck and the innovative Two Hands Wine.
Mere minutes from the city, Adelaide Hills is a highly accessible and vibrant region. It features over 60 wineries, each one excelling in the creative application of sophisticated cool-climate techniques. Try the full-bodied sparkling reds at Bleasdale and the Pinot Noir of Tilbrook, and visit the Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton for a host of offerings from wineries with no cellar doors of their own.
Clare Valley is famous for producing some of the world’s finest Riesling, as well as its joyous abundance of local character. The tranquil setting plays host to many gorgeously rustic cellar doors, all within 40km of each other. It’s perfect for tours, and particular highlights include Mad Bastard Wines (Mark Barry’s one-man winemaking extravaganza), Penna Lane Vintners and the lakeside Eldredge Vineyards.
The geological diversity of McLaren Vale makes it a true haven for winemakers. The soil, climate and elevation vary wildly throughout this picturesque coastal retreat, as do the wines of over 70 unique wineries dotted about the landscape. Try Fox Creek for some internationally renowned Shiraz (and a treasure hunt for the kids!), Coriole Vineyards for some rustic charm, or while away the hours in the leafy gardens of Lazy Ballerina Winery.
Boasting some of the oldest Riesling and Shiraz vineyards around, Eden Valley is also known for its Chardonnay and Sauvignon. A good starting point is Taste Eden Valley in Angaston, where you can sample exclusive wines and chat to the folks behind them. Check out the Cabernet and sumptuous local platters at Fernfield Wines, and don’t pass up the chance to explore the Henschke cellar door.
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