If you typically enjoy a beautiful, big glass of red in the afternoon, perhaps a wine tour should be your next holiday. You don’t have to go to Italy or France to visit a world-class winery; we have quite a few in our own backyard. The beautiful state of South Australia has more to offer than you may think with plenty of wineries and cellar doors to keep you occupied for a weekend.
St Hugo, Barossa Valley
Dripping in elegance and sophistication, St Hugo’s luxurious wine lounge and 50-seat restaurant could be your first stop in your wine tour. Sitting pretty among the grapevines in South Australia’s famous Barossa Valley, a trip to St Hugo could allow a food and wine experience you’ll never forget.
St Hugo’s has various packages you can take including the St Hugo Tasting Experience, the St Hugo Chef’s Table Experience, the Louis Hugo Gramp Experience and the Group Tasting Experience. There is also a masterclass where you can learn about how the glassware you choose may influence the taste of your wine, while you taste. Look into the St Hugo & Riedel Masterclass for more details about that.
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Jacob’s Creek, Barossa Valley
Situated near its namesake Jacob’s Creek, this vineyard allows visitors to enjoy the walking trail to take in the tranquility of the area. With wines that are matched with food created with local produce, the Jacob’s Creek cellar door is a great shout to get a group of friends together for a good time.
With experiences such as Picnic Perfect, where you can take a picnic rug and enjoy a basket full of food and a bottle of wine, and the tasting experience, there is something for everyone.
Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley
On the hillside on a series of terraces, you will find the 1888 Gravity Cellar. This is where the magic happens as the wines served at Seppeltsfield. With beautiful gardens and stellar architecture, Seppeltsfield has some intriguing sights beyond the wine and good food.
Among their unique experiences are Seppeltsfield & FINO Signature Experience, that allows visitors to visit their Centennial Cellar with a lunch that follows at their restaurant FINO, and the Seppeltsfield Segway Tour where you can ride a segway on a trail through the estate, visiting the heritage-listed sites and 19th century Barossa architecture, the gardens and the vineyard vistas.
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Two Hands Wines, Barossa Valley
Another cellar door and vineyard located in the beautiful Barossa Valley, Two Hands Wines is another great option if you are in the region. Here, visitors will taste wine lovingly made from premium fruit that is sourced from the finest Shiraz growing regions in Australia.
The cellar door has the usual tasting experiences with views looking over the vineyard, as well as Kraehe House, which is open for tasting every day both inside the 19th century stone cottage and on the beautiful tasting deck at the back of the building. If you are looking to explore the vineyards, they have experiences for that as well including The Flagship Experience and The Search For The Holy Grail.
The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills
Take in the breathtaking beauty of the dozens of rows of vines when you visit The Lane over in the Adelaide Hills. Built on land that has been managed and preserved by traditional owners of the land, the Peramangk people, the area is perfect for encouraging growth and vitality. This, combined with the Mediterranean climate of the Adelaide Hills, may contribute to the quality and rich flavour of the fruit that grows there.
With a restaurant, tasting room and estate picnics, there are so many options to enrich your experience at The Lane. You may want to try one of their eight signature experiences, such as the Panorama Experience, the Boatshed Experience and the Winemakers Experience.
Penfolds Magill Estate, Adelaide Hills
Giving off the impression of a small town in Europe, the region of the Adelaide Hills, where Penfolds Magill Estate is located, is described as a “combination of winding roads, quaint villages and rolling vineyards”.
Penfolds has won a number of awards and has a strong international following, giving it an incredibly promising reputation. Some of their experiences include the Penfolds Iconic Experience, the Penfolds Platinum Experience, the Twilight Tour & Luxury Degustation and the Ultimate Penfolds Experience.
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Bird in Hand, Adelaide Hills
As another winery located in the Adelaide Hills, Bird in Hand is said to be home to some beautiful and fine cool-climate wines. They produce wines that sit in four tiers including MAC, Nest Egg, Bird in Hand and Two in the Bush, so you can enjoy one of these as you sit in their Private Members Club or Gallery Restaurant.
But there’s not just wine to be enjoyed here. The grounds are filled with intriguing sculptures, interiors and paintings created by both home-grown and international artists that you can view and marvel at as you sip your wine. There are live music events that take place during the year, so you may be lucky enough to catch one of those.
K1 by Geoff Hardy, Adelaide Hills
Headed up by Vigneron & Managing Director Geoff Hardy, K1 by Geoff Hardy allows visitors to overlook the lake and vineyard as they sip from their glasses. The unique lakeside tasting room contains a bench built by Geoff himself from a 400 year old red gum from his Limestone Coast vineyard.
It is also a great location for events, so if you have had to reschedule your wedding, this may be a great location to do it.
d’Arenburg, McLaren Vale
After four generations of grape growing and wine making, McLaren Vale’s d’Arenburg is still going strong. In a region that has over 70 cellar doors to explore, d’Arenburg allows visitors to taste and enjoy the local produce in both food and wine.
Two of the venues where you can spend your time doing this include the d’Arenberg Cube and d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant. With five levels, the Club contains a wine sensory room, a virtual fermenter and a 360degree video room so you can choose your experience. They also allow packages where you can become your own winemaker and blend your own wine and fly over the area to take in the incredible views.
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Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale
Also located in McLaren Vale, among the gum trees and vines of juicy fruit, Wirra Wirra is a great place to experience a winery that is over 100 years old. Wirra Wirra promises an immersive experience with various packages such as the Cellar Door Wine Experience, Trott’s Tales, Shiraz Revolution and the Old Cellar Escape.
It is also home to a 3/4 tonne Angelus Bell that some lucky visitors may get a chance to ring. Their newly-renovated cellar door is begging you to take a seat and enjoy a tasting plate by chef Tom Boden with your delicious wine.
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Words by Jessica Testa
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- St Hugo – A Summer Of Sophistication
- South Australia’s Best Winery Experiences
- The Lane Vineyard
- South Australia wineries: Our top picks
- Penfolds Magill Estate
- The Best Wineries in South Australia to Swill & Sip Away the Afternoon
- Bird In Hand
- By Geoff Hardy
- Wirra Wirra
- Jacob’s Creek
- Seppeltsfield Barossa
- Two Hands Wines
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