Top wine experiences in South Australia

  • Bunnik Tours
  • 03 May 21

If South Australia is known for one thing, it would have to be its world-renowned wine regions, and on a Bunnik Tours 12 day adventure you are going to witness four of the best. From the northern valleys of the Barossa and Clare, the scenic Adelaide Hills to the east and McLaren Vale, the gorgeous region to the south.

d'Arenberg Cube, Fleurieu Peninsula by South Australian Tourism Commission

d'Arenberg Cube, Fleurieu Peninsula by South Australian Tourism Commission

Penfolds Magill Estate

Nestled amongst the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges, Penfolds Magill Estate was founded back in 1844 by Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold. The Magill Estate is referred to as the winery’s ‘spiritual home’ given it was where the very first vine cuttings were planted It is also one of the few vineyards in the world to be located so close to the CBD.

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Pendfolds Magill Estate by South Australian Tourism Commission

Surrounded by a lush landscape, this historic site produces 100% Shiraz, reserving a select portion to be submitted to Penfold’s flagship, Grange. Named a South Australian heritage icon upon its 50th birthday in 2001, a tasting of this famous vintage wine is a must on any visit to the Estate.

Penfolds wine

Penfolds Grange by South Australian Tourism Commission

Penfolds cellar

Penfolds Magill Estate cellar by South Australian Tourism Commission


McLaren Vale

Recognised as the birthplace of wine in South Australia, McLaren Vale is home to over 7,000 hectares of vines. Although mainly known for Shiraz, this southern region also produces exceptional Cabernet and Grenache, amongst many others, particularly of the Mediterranean variety. If all these delicious wines are making you hungry, you’re in luck with over a third of the cellar doors offer an array of scrumptious local produce to sample. From gin tastings at Never Never Distilling Co., to scenically stunning views over the valley from Kay Brothers brand new deck and vegan friendly winemaking of Alpha Box and Dice, there is something for everyone.

A visit to McLaren Vale is not complete without a stop at the quirky d’Arenberg Cube. Depicting the puzzles and intricacies of the winemaking process, this unusually-shaped building includes an Alternate Realities Museum, exhibits many art installations, and of course offering world-famous wine.

d'Arenberg

d'Arenberg Winery by South Australian Tourism Commission

Hugh Hamilton wines

Views from Hugh Hamilton Wines by South Australian Tourism Commission

 

Clare Valley

Time for some white wine, as you journey through the famous Riesling region of Clare Valley. This charismatic town is home to over 30 cellar doors, from stone cottages to farm sheds and state-of-the-art structures. The perfect location to take a slow drive or hop on a bike, spotting the local flora and fauna and stopping at various cellar doors along the beautiful Riesling Trail. With all cellar doors less than 40km apart, you’ll be able to squeeze in quite a few, or find your favourite, sit back and relax taking in the rolling hills of this scenic Valley.

Sevenhill Cellars

Sevenhill Cellars, Clare Valley by South Australian Tourism Commission

Burra Mine

Burra Mine, Clare Valley by South Australian Tourism Commission

Clare Valley

Local kangaroo roaming the wineries of the Clare Valley by South Australian Tourism Commission

Barossa

Home to some of the world’s oldest vines, over 150 wineries and passionate and welcoming locals, the Barossa region is a world unto itself. Comprising of numerous towns including Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Rowland Flat, and Lyndoch, this wine region dates back some 7 generations, encompassing some 175 years. A gorgeous blend of spectacular landscapes, a rich heritage and a thriving food culture, the Barossa offers visitors so much in addition to their award-winning wines.

Barossa

The beautiful Barossa by South Australian Tourism Commission

Travelling through the picturesque Eden Valley you will uncover the historic Yalumba winery, family owned since its first planting in 1849. Enjoy a guided tour as you stroll the lush grounds viewing the iconic marble and sandstone Clocktower, then sit under the idyllic outdoor umbrellas or inside the wine room sipping their impressive wines.

Yalumba Clocktower

Yalumba Clocktower by South Australian Tourism Commission

Yalumba

Yalumba by South Australian Tourism Commission

Yalumba

 

Driving down a palm-tree lined road, a truly unique experience will await you at Seppeltsfield. The expansive grounds are the site of charming, heritage buildings housing local vendors including the craft and design studio JamFactory and the handmade skin and body care business Vasse Virgin. The Centennial Cellar is a highlight at Seppeltsfield, home to an unbroken lineage of each vintage of tawny from the current year all the way back to the year 1878. Touring the Cellar and tasting tawny directly from the barrel is a must!

Seppeltsfield

Seppeltsfield Winery by South Australian Tourism Commission

Vasse Virgin
Seppeltsfield winery

Vasse Virgin, Seppeltsfield by South Australian Tourism Commission

Cellar Door, Seppeltsfield by South Australian Tourism Commission

So what are you waiting for? Get in your car or jump on a plane and make your way to SA, the great state overflowing with delicious local produce, stunning landscapes and simply incredible wines!

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