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South Australia's Top 5 Wine Regions

South Australia is home to 18 wine regions and has officially been named a Great Wine Capital of the World – grab a glass and join the celebrations!

You can’t get far without encountering one of our world-famous wine regions. Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia - and one of the nine Great Wine Capitals of the World, along side Bordeaux in France, Napa Valley in the US and Bilbao Rioja in Spain. The network of global wine capitals share a common asset: their internationally renowned wine regions. 


Pour yourself a glass and check out our guide to South Australia’s top five wine regions – just one of the reasons South Australia was named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 best regions to visit in 2017.


1. Barossa

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Explore over 80 cellar doors in the Barossa, along with five-star retreats, opulent self-contained accommodation and sumptuous food. Red wine aficionados will be in heaven; enjoy a glass by the fire in winter or outdoors in the leafy shade during summer, spring and autumn. Due to its Mediterranean climate (warm summers and mild winters), the Barossa’s Cabernets and Shiraz’ are unbeatable.

Jacobs Creek Retreat, Barossa

Jacobs Creek Retreat, Barossa


2. McLaren Vale

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McLaren Vale is a favourite South Australian wine region with more than 70 cellar doors to explore. As one of the most accessible wine regions in South Australia, McLaren Vale is just a short 40 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD and close to stunning coastal vistas. Here you will find world-class Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay as well as lesser-produced varieties such as Tempranillo, Marsanne, Rousanne and Sangiovese.

Primo Estate, McLaren Vale

Primo Estate, McLaren Vale


3. Clare Valley

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The Clare Valley is a scenic, 90 minute drive from Adelaide, boasting over 40 cellar doors. Known as the heart of Australian Riesling, Clare is known for its exceptional whites. Relax and unwind as you meander through charming villages and wineries, glass in-hand. A fantastic way to experience the Clare Valley is on the Riesling and Rattler Trail, an easy cycle path that winds 35 kilometres through the countryside.

Bungaree Station, Clare Valley

Bungaree Station, Clare Valley


4. Coonawarra

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 You’ll find it hard to resist the Limestone Coast’s Coonawarra region. The Coonawarra is well-regarded as Australia’s top producer of premium red wines. Set a day aside and explore 'Australia's other red centre'.

Feeling peckish? Coonawarra wineries sell some of the best local produce available including honey, native preserves, pickled walnuts, mettwurst, lobsters and wagyu beef. There’s really no excuse for leaving on an empty stomach.

Brands Laira, Coonawarra

Brands Laira, Coonawarra


5. Adelaide Hills

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The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia's best cool-climate wine regions. You'll find more than 60 wineries here, just minutes from the city. Get off the beaten track and treat yourself to a unique Adelaide Hills drop. Settle-in for a long lunch that could easily turn into a weekend away.

The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills

The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills


There’s so much more

Red, white or sparkling? Pop a bottle and savour our other fantastic wine regions including Eden Valley, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek.

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