Wine-making is serious business in South Australia, and it shows with some of the nation’s most iconic labels hailing from the State’s finest wine regions. Just a short drive from Adelaide CBD, you can be among the best wineries in South Australia, some who offer intimate experiences to large estates with farm to plate restaurants and award-winning tasting rooms.
Whatever your preferred drop is, be it a fruit-flavoured red or a cool-climate pinot noir, you will find it in the stunning surrounds of the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale or Adelaide Hills (and that’s not all of them!). Grab the girls and starting swirling and sipping your way through our round-up of the best wineries in South Australia.
Best Wineries in South Australia: Barossa Valley
When in the Barossa Valley, wine-lovers make a point of stopping by Seppeltsfield – a wine, food and art lover’s dream. Located in a redeveloped 1900 Seppelt Bolting Hall, the cellar door has visitors swooning over its centrepiece fireplace. But really, it’s the separate circular tasting alcoves for tasting their famed Riesling and Shiraz, that win people over (bookings are a must). Combine this with Segway tours, heritage tours, and the chance to be a cooper for a day, and you’ll quickly see why Seppeltsfield is one of the best wineries in South Australia.
Cellar Door: 10.30am- 2pm
730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley
A top contender for being one of the best wineries in South Australia, the iconic Jacob’s Creek is a huge crowd-pleaser. Set on 42-hectares along the banks of the creek it was named after, Jacob’s Creek has a line-up of experiences that highlights their wines and local produce, from four-course lunches to cooking classes to picnics among the vines to making your own blends. You can round out your visit with a night in their 19th century Settler’s Cottage.
Cellar Door: 10am- 5pm daily (temporarily closed during Covid-19)
2129 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat
Along the Western Ranges of the Barossa Valley, Two Hands Wines is a standout in a region that boasts some of the best wineries in South Australia. Wine tastings are done at Kraehe House, complete with a stunning tasting deck and courtyard, and the charming late 19th century stone cottage has an adjoining bakehouse. Known for their Shiraz and varietals, the vineyard steps it up a notch with private tours of the vineyard, including 4WD Defender off-road tours.
Cellar Door: 10am- 5pm daily
273 Neldner Road, Marananga
Traditions run deep in the family-owned St Hugo Winery. Hailing back to the 1840s, St Hugo has curated a winery experience that shines a spotlight on their collection of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Guided tastings and one-hour behind the scenes guided tour will whet your appetite for the ultimate foodie experience, St Hugo Restaurant, who expertly pair their seasonal tasting menu with their wines. Our advice, book the Chef’s Table and watch the chefs at work, interacting with them as they discuss ingredients and techniques.
Temporarily closed due to Covid-19
2141 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat
Best Wineries in South Australia: Mclaren Vale
Long before their Rubik Cube building, d’Arenberg was a standout in South Australia’s wine-making scene. One of the most awarded wineries in the region, this four-generation strong vineyard is a short 45-minute drive south of Adelaide. Set in the McLaren Vale wine region, there is so much going on, from the cellar door (bookings are a must) to d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant to d’Arenberg Cube, which houses a restaurant, an Alternate Realities Museum and art installations. If you really want to get hands-on, The Blending Bench experience is where you can play winemaker for the day.
Cellar Door: 10am- 5pm daily
Osborn Road, McLaren Vale
Having made quite the name for themselves with their shiraz and Church Block range, Wirra Wirra is a popular stop along the McLaren Valley winery trail. The historic ironstone buildings house the cellar door and Harry’s Deli – a provedore style café that boasts a menu full of South Australian produce. After some wine tasting and a behind the scenes tour, order a regional platter from the deli and head out into the gardens overlooking the vineyards, a lush lawn area with barbeque facilities (make sure to book ahead).
Cellar Door: 10am- 5pm
255 Strout Road, McLaren Vale
An environmentally conscious winery, Gemtree Wines is an organic and biodynamic vineyard that lives wholly by its ethos. The tasting room, built from recycled materials and powered by solar panels, has an outdoor deck that overlooks the vineyard and lush lawn. Their Foundation Wines showcase the diversity of the varieties, which you can taste in Small Batch Flights with grazing platters. Once done, take the self-guided walk through the Ecotrail to get a better understanding of Gemtree’s wines.
Cellar Door: 11am- 5pm daily
167 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat
Best Wineries in South Australia: Adelaide Hills
Sitting along the foothills of Mount Lofty Ranges in Adelaide Hills, Penfold’s Magill Estate is one of the best (and most iconic) wineries in South Australia. Their cellar door is only 8-kilometres from Adelaide’s CBD, making it easy to stop by for a wine tasting tour (in English or Mandarin), or lunch at their fine dining restaurant which offers decadent degustation experiences. For something a little more casual, Magill Estate Kitchen has lunch and wine pairings. But let’s be honest. What you’re really here for are their award-winning Grange wines.
Cellar Door: 9am- 6pm
78 Penfold Road, Magill
Named the Red Winemaker of the Year, this family-owned cool-climate winery is the gem of Adelaide Hills. It’s the kind of place where you linger for a while; a cellar door that provides tutored tastings and has wines you can’t drink anywhere else, including their late releases and cellar museum selections. Their restaurant, The Gallery, champions ingredients from their kitchen garden and local growers. Short on time? Not a problem, their cheese and antipasti are perfect during tastings.
Cellar Door: 10am- 5pm (temporarily closed due to Covid-19)
Bird in Hand & Pfeiffer Roads, Woodside
With views like these, you won’t be going anywhere fast. The Lane’s dreamy location in Adelaide Hills is a head-turner, but that’s not all that makes this one of the best wineries in South Australia. Indulge in The Lane’s award-wining tasting experience while overlooking Adelaide Hills, and then head over to the chic dining room for a leisurely lunch of The Lane’s single-vineyard wines paired with a menu that shines a spotlight on the best of South Australian produce.
Tasting Room: Thursday to Sunday, 10am- 4pm
5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf