Top Wine Regions in South Australia

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 10/11/2019

Reading time: 3 mins

South Australia is home to some of the best wine regions in Australia, but which one’s should you visit?

When heading out to wine regions, there are many options to choose from. So, we’ve devised a list of our personal favourites to save you from the stress of choosing.

  • Barossa Valley

    It comes as absolutely no surprise that we think the Barossa Valley is the must-see wine region in South Australia. With over 80 cellar doors, five-star accommodation and some of the best delicatessens in the country, what’s not to love about the Barossa?

    The Barossa’s climate is perfectly suited to growing grapes for red wine, a claim that’s backed up by the international success of Penfold’s Grange each year. But that’s not to say there isn’t something for everyone, with delectable whites also available at most wineries.

    Pair your award-winning wines with delicious food from the valley. Eat at one of the many great restaurants located at the cellar doors or build yourself a picnic of local specialties ready to be washed down with a fresh bottle.

  • McLaren Vale

    McLaren Vale is a shot 45-minute drive from Adelaide, perfect for single or multiple-day trips. The region’s Mediterranean climate makes it a unique region for growing in Australia.

    McLaren Vale is famous for its shiraz and cabernet sauvignon but also its array of alternative varieties such as fiano, nero davola, and grenache. Typically found in Italy and France, these varieties are typical of Mediterranean climates. However, that doesn’t stop winemakers from making use of their special climate to produce some of Australia’s most unique wines.

  • Clare Valley

    Clare Valley is the Riesling heart of Australia. Home to the country’s best Riesling productions, the valley spans for a stunning 40km from Auburn to Clare. Follow the Riesling trail and be led to the best whites the valley has to offer. Visit the historic Jesuit winery, where Catholic Jesuits used to tend to the vines to create sacramental wine. If wine isn’t to your liking, the valley also offers a fantastic (and growing) selection of craft breweries and cider houses.

    While you’re in the Clare Valley, grab a glass of rosé and head to Lake Bumbunga. Match your wine with your scenery at this incredible bubble gum pink lake, nestled against the sprawling green vines.

  • Adelaide Hills

    The perfect cool-climate growing region, the Adelaide Hills produces amazing artisan wines. Winemakers here challenge traditions and push boundaries to create memorable The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s largest wine growing regions. It has a fantastic reputation as a great producer of table wines.

No matter which wine region you find yourself in, you’re bound to find the delicious glass of your wine dreams.

Related article: The Most Spectacular Wine Region in Barossa Valley

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.