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The Essential Guide to Adelaide's Wineries

Experience the best wineries in Adelaide with a quick trip around the three famous wine regions and the wineries making them famous.

If you’re in the mood for wine tours, Adelaide is the place to be. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Adelaide’s CBD are the renowned wine regions of Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. We explore some of the wineries and cellar doors you should add to the list for your next visit.

Adelaide Hills

Venture an hour east of the city and you’ll find many of the best Adelaide wineries in the Adelaide Hills. The cool climate of the Adelaide Hills region results in ideal grape growing conditions. Plus, with over 50 different wine labels located in the area - it’s difficult to know where to start! Here are two of our favourites:
Shaw and Smith – Best known for Sauvignon Blanc 
At Shaw and Smith every wine is made onsite from beginning to end, from fermentation right through to bottling. While each bottle in the Shaw and Smith repertoire is delicious, the real hero is their Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s aromatic, fresh and lively with pink grapefruit characteristics and a mid-palate texture that will take your tastebuds on a beautiful journey.  
If a cheese and wine pairing sounds like your cup of tea, don’t miss a visit to the tasting room. For just $18 per person, you can devour five of the winery’s best drops accompanied by a delicious cheese platter. Winter wines are best sipped in style beside the crackling fireplace and during the warmer months the terrace overlooking Mount Lofty is the place to be. 
Bird in Hand – Best known for Gallery Restaurant 
With the Nest Egg Chardonnay named ‘Wine of the Year’ in 2015, it’s no wonder the masses are flocking to the Southern Hemisphere for a taste. If Chardonnay doesn’t tickle your fancy though, don’t fret, because this winery boasts much more than just an award-winning white. Explore the grounds to uncover the outstanding service and unparalleled flavours of the Gallery.   
The Gallery restaurant is sure to be one of the highlights of your visit and your senses are in for a treat. The space focuses on serving up exquisite food, music, design and art – all to complement the wine offering.  Dining here is a one-of-a-kind experience which promises a farm-to-table style offering, with seasonal dishes served in an intimate environment. Don’t miss it! 

Barossa Valley

Travel just 60 minutes north from central Adelaide to freshen up your tasting techniques in one of the world’s greatest wine regions, the Barossa Valley. Grab a few friends and use the list below to form the foundation of your very own Barossa Valley wine tour. 
Penfolds – Best Known for Penfolds Grange
The home of the most celebrated Australian red wine lies in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Be sure to book a tour of the Penfolds winery for your chance to get up close and personal with this phenomenal Adelaide wine. Start by visiting the grand cottage, the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold before you duck underground to the birthplace of the legendary wine and the giant oak barrels it’s stored in. 
The Magill Estate Winery, featuring endless rows of prospering grapes and a cellar door fit for a king, will leave you speechless. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste a variety of the Penfolds range including one vintage Grange. Grange is made predominately from Shiraz and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, and is a prized possession among many Australians. 
St. Hallett – Best Known for Old Block Shiraz
Whether you prefer to drink a glass amongst the sweeping views of the vineyards or visit the cellar door, expect an unforgettable and satisfying time at St. Hallett.   
From very early on in the St. Hallett history, winemakers aspired to create honest reds that were full, rich and robust. And that’s just what they did with the Old Block Shiraz. This spicy and flavoursome red will surprise and delight with sophisticated blueberry notes, while hitting your sense of smell with aromas of lavender and cardamom. Bring your bank card, because taking home this Barossa icon will set you back a pretty penny.  

McLaren Vale

This unmissable township sits less than an hour south of Adelaide. Home to some the world’s oldest grapes and more than 60 cellar doors and vineyards, the McLaren Vale region isn’t afraid to show off. With divine varieties like Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon around every corner, it’s no wonder visitors and locals alike can’t get enough. 
d’Arenberg- Best Known for Being Different 
Looking for a winery a little off kilter and a bit unique? You have come to the right place. d’Arenberg’s motto is ‘The Art of Being Different.’ This family winery opened all the way back in 1912, meaning the Osborn family know a thing or two about creating excellent vino. 
With giant bronze fingers poking out of the soil, unusual naming and labelling conventions and eccentric menu options, d’Arenberg certainly stands out from the crowd. Even the cellar door flaunts a 5-story glass, concrete and steel structure mimicking a Rubik’s Cube. If you’ve been on the hunt for a winery that’s stylish with an air of tongue-in-cheek, this one is worth a peek. 

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