South Australian Vineyards and Wineries
South Australia produces about 65 per cent of the wines and 83 per cent of the brandy made in Australia. In the equable dry climate of the southern and eastern regions of the State, seemingly endless kilometres of vineyards stretch over valleys, plains and hillsides. The State has eight distinct grape-growing regions: the Barossa Valley, the Wine Coast or Southern Vales region of the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Clare Valley, Murraylands, Riverland, the Adelaide Hills, the Coonawarra area, and Boston Bay on the Eyre Peninsula.
The Barossa Valley
Australia's most famous wine-producing area, the Barossa Valley, is located about 55 kilometres north-east of Adelaide. It is a warm and intimate place of charming old towns, with vineyards spreading across undulating hills in well-tended, precise rows.
The Barossa Valley was named in 1837 by Colonel William Light, surveyor-general of South Australia, in memory of Barrosa in Spain, where he had fought a decisive battle in 1811. The recorded spelling 'Barossa' was an error that was never rectified. The district was settled in 1839 by English and German settlers. Today the Barossa Valley has a distinctive culture and atmosphere that derives from this German concentration in the mid-nineteenth century and is evidenced in the vineyards, the bakeries and the Lutheran churches that dot the valley.
The Barossa Valley produces some 10 percent of Australia's wine, including some of its finest brandies, dry and sweet table wines, and fortified styles of wine. Some of the most famous wineries of the Barossa Valley are Yalumba, Orlando, Penfolds and Seppelts. Some of these wineries are still run by members of the same families that established them over one hundred and fifty years ago. Others have been taken over by large international companies -- but the distinctive qualities of the wine remain. There are many medium-size wineries making excellent wines, such as Wolf Blass, Basedow and Barossa Vines, and even more boutique wineries specializing in producing a small number of quality wines, including Barossa Settlers, Henschke, Grant Burge and Elderton.
The Wine Coast or Southern Vale
The Wine Coast or Southern Vales region, which is particularly suitable for red wines, lies on the Fleurieu Peninsula, just south of Adelaide. Nestled in the gentle folds of the Mount Lofty Ranges with a westerly view to the sea lies McLaren Vale, the centre of this wine-growing area. There are over fifty wineries in the region, among them Chapel Hill, Hardy's Reynella, James Haselgrove, Seaview and Wirra Wirra, and they range from the very large to the very small. In most of these wineries, the person who greets you at the cellar door is the person who makes the wine.
The Clare Valley
The vineyards of the Clare Valley are about 130 kilometres north of Adelaide and produce fine table wines, riesling, chablis and some terrific reds. Two of the better known of the twenty-odd wineries in this district are Eaglehawk Estate and Leasingham Wines.
Murraylands and Riverland
The Murraylands region extends from Middleton Estate Wines at Middleton, north-east to Willowglen Wines near the Murray Bridge. Another wine region that includes a stretch of the Murray River near the South Australian-Victorian border is Riverland. Famous for a wide range of products from top-quality table wines to ouzo and brandy, the region is represented by such wineries as Kingston Estate at Kingston and extends eastwards to Angove's near the town of Renmark.
The Adelaide Hills
There are vineyards scattered throughout the Adelaide Hills. Wineries to the north - an area noted especially for its riesling - include Hamiltons, Craneford and Grand Cru Estate. Closer to Adelaide are Petaluma and Stonyfell Wineries.
Vineyards at Coonawarra in the far south-east of the State produce magnificent red wines, acclaimed by some to be the finest in Australia, from a small area of unique rich red volcanic soil - examples are Ladbroke Grove, Mildara and Rouge Homme. Further vineyards have recently been established in the region at Keppoch and Padthaway, and are producing some excellent wines.
Perched on the southern tip of the spectacular Eyre Peninsula, Boston Bay is one of Australia's newest wine regions. With national award recognition for the region's first major vintage, its reputation as 'home of the great white shark' is rapidly changing to 'home of great white wines'.
Most of the South Australian wineries are open for inspection, tastings and cellar-door sales. For further information about hours of inspection and winery tours, contact the:
South Australian Tourism Commission Travel Centre
18 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 88 303 2220
Open: Monday to Fri - from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
See also the links to individual wineries below
Links to South Australian Wineries
Yalumba, situated in the heart of the Barossa, is Australia's oldest family owned winery. As well as a selection of premium, hand-crafted wines, Yalumba ...
- Orlando Wines
Orlando Wines. enjoyment for every occasion, Pernod Ricard Range, Quality wine. To enter this site you must be of legal drinking age in your country. ...
Offers a range of wines, tours and wine tastings at the historic Magill Estate.
- Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa Valley, "The most historic winery and greatest showpiece in the Baross
The heart of Seppeltsfield is the unique collection of fortified wines slowly maturing in oak barrels, and dating back in an unbroken line to 1878.
- Wolf Blass – Makers of fine Australian red & white wines
Wolf Blass makers of fine Australian Red and White wine
Over 100 years of Barossa Valley tradition stands behind every bottle of Basedow wine. Wine that is crafted by our winemakers to reflect and highlight the ...
- Henschke | Exceptional Wines from Outstanding Vineyards in Barossa South Australia
Producer of premium wines in the Eden Valley including Hill of Grace and Mt Edelstone Shiraz.
- Grant Burge Wines
'Grape Expectations' Winemaker Grant Burge describes his Filsell vineyard as a 'very special patch of dirt'. He's right because this is a very special ...
- Elderton Wines | Welcome to Elderton Wines
Seventy-acre vineyard in the Barossa Valley whose principle varieties are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
- Chapel Hill Wine: Welcome
Located in the McLaren Vale. Offers a Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Verdelho. Open to visitors. Sells product online.
- Haselgrove Vignerons
Our aim is to produce wines that have richness, flavour and softness with drinkability without breaking the bank. Our grapes are sourced from McLaren Vale and surrounding areas including Willunga and other grape growing areas of the Fleurieu Peninsul
- Wirra Wirra
Located in the McLaren Vale. Offers a wide range of red and white varietals and blends. Includes a company profile, product descriptions, ...
- Leasingham Wines | Classic wines from Australia\'s Clare Valley
Leasingham Winery and vineyards in Australia's Clare Valley. Tastings, sales. Some good local photographs.
- Willowglen - De Bortoli Wines ... Australian Winemakers Since 1928
The Willowglen label evokes nostalgic imagery of leisurely wining and dining in the great Australian outdoors. Designed for the on-premise trade, wine
- Kingston Estate: Welcome
A family-run business which markets several brands and exports worldwide. Produces a wide selection including Merlot, Petit Verdot and a full range of white ...
- Home - Craneford Wines - Private Selection - Red Door - Allyson Parsons - Craneford - Cabernet Sauvi
Craneford Wines is a small producer of premium quality wines; committed to sourcing only the purest fruit to make the purest wines. ...
- .: Peter Seppelt Wines :.
25 years ago Karl, Lotte and Peter came across the 120 hectares, which has become Grand Cru Estate. Grand Cru, meaning fine wine, suits our aim of producing ...
- Buy Australian Wine Online with Petaluma Wines
Buy Petaluma Australian Wine Online and take advantage of our Wine Delivery service across Australia - Petaluma Wines, founded by Brian Croser in 1976.
- Amphora Warehouse Direct Wine - Cellar Door Sales
Montego Estate Cellars Cellar Door Wine Sales. For Australian Wholesale Wine please click here for Amphora Wines Web site ...
- Ladbroke Grove Winery
Ladbroke Grove is a family owned boutique winery located in the world famous Coonawarra wine region of South Australia. Established in 1982, Ladbroke Grove ...
- Angove\'s Pty Ltd
Angove's is one of Australia's oldest family owned wine making companies, established in Adelaide during 1886.
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- Pioneer Winemakers of South Australia
When Richard Hamilton, John Reynell, Doctor Christopher Penfold, Joseph Seppelt, Johann Gramp and other pioneer settlers of South Australia arrived in the colony, they had little knowledge of viticulture and...