Fancy some fine South Australian wine? Then how about a tour to the world famous Barossa Valley, 60km northeast of Adelaide, or the renowned wineries of the McLaren Valley region 35km south of Adelaide? Check here for a list of available tours.
With vines planted as far back as 1847, the Barossa vineyards contain some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. The wine that is produced from their grapes is used in some of Australia’s leading brands, including Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange.
The week-long Barossa Valley Vintage Festival is Australia’s premier wine tourism festival and is held every two years at the end of the grape harvest. It features food and wine tasting, entertainment and historic tours. The next one is planned on 23 April 2017.
In the third weekend of August each year, the Barossa hosts the Barossa… Be Consumed gourmet weekend, consisting of three days of food, wine and art across the wineries.
Down south of Adelaide in the McLaren Vale region, a variety of day tours are available (check here). Over 88 wineries in the valley produce a variety of dry red wines (mainly Shiraz, but also Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). Some vineyards also produce white wines (including Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Riesling).
To take advantage of wine-tasting and purchases at cellar doors, be aware that most wineries close to the public at 4:30 or 5:00pm, including the historic Tintara winery in the main street of McLaren Vale, which holds the distinction of being home to the oldest surviving bottle of Australian wine—an 1867 Tintara Vineyard claret. One exception to the 5pm curfew is Ekhidna Wines, which stays open late on Friday to Sunday for wine and beer serving, along with meals, at its cellar restaurant.
In June each year, the Sea & Vines festival is a 3-day event featuring food and wine tasting and entertainment across McLaren Vale’s best wineries.