What’s in our backyard – South Australia Wineries
Discover the diverse and lush wine regions of South Australia, with a self-guided day tour from Adelaide. The regions are easily accessible for half and full day trips. However, there’s an abundance of choice to fill in your itinerary. To start you off, we’ve listed the more renowned regions, highlighting the blends produced in each area and their well-known wineries.
The most renowned wine region in South Australia, and perhaps Australia itself, is the Barossa Valley. The region is famous for its bold reds, particularly Shiraz. However white varieties such as Chardonnay and Semillon also thrive here. The Barossa Valley is home to more than 150 wineries, with a winemaking history dating back to the 1840s.
Highlighted Wineries: Barossa Valley Estate, Penfolds, Peter Lehmann, Wolf Blass, Yalumba.
The Eden Valley wine region is next door to the Barossa Valley and together they make up the Barossa region. Eden Valley is cooler than its surrounds, making it suitable for the production of high quality Riesling. Other principal varieties include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Highlighted Wineries: Henschke, Irvine, Mountadam.
A short drive from Adelaide will lead you to the picturesque Adelaide Hills, where the grass remains green year round. The areas lush lands and great tasting wine is attributed to the cool climate. There are almost 90 wineries here, producing Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and popular Sauvignon Blancs.
Highlighted Wineries: Bird in Hand, Chain of Ponds.
McLaren Vale is a historic and diverse wine region with more than a hundred wineries. Each winery creates great tasting wines from a wide range of grape varieties. Blends include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Savagnin and Fiano. This diversity reflects the variations in climate and soil, as well as a dedication to development of wines in the area.
Highlighted Wineries: Chapell Hill, Clarendon Hills, Hardy’s, Rosemount Estate McLaren Vale.
South Australia’s Coonawarra is world renowned for its superior Cabernets, grown on its famed terra rossa (red) soils. The region’s climate and dry, cool summers allow for the production of excellent Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Highlighted Winery: Lindeman’s Coonawarra
Padthaway is a three-hour drive from Adelaide, however it is close to other wine regions including Coonawarra. Established as a grape growing area in the 1960s, it soon became recognised as a premium wine region. Padthaway produces excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Highlighted Winery: Stonehaven.
Some wineries offer wine tasting at no cost, while others charge a small fee per head. And unless you have a large group, you shouldn’t need to book. So now you just have to decide where to go. The simplest approach is to pick a region that produces your favourite blends and begin there. Alternatively, try something completely new and expand your palate. Either way, take your time while you’re there and enjoy a taste of what’s in our backyard—South Australia wineries.