Drinking wine can be an educational experience and with South Australian wines leading the pack across the nation, a visit to the wineries of Adelaide is a chance to learn from the best. We’ve sussed out the top wine tasting rooms in Adelaide, where you can become a connoisseur in some of South Australia’s finest wines.
1. Two Hands Wines, Barossa
The philosophy of Two Hands Wines is quality without compromise, which helps to drive all the decisions they make from the packaging to the grape varieties used in their wines. While their wines have earned themselves an army of devoted fans and a number of awards over the years, most Adelaide locals know it as the place in the Barossa Valley where you can get a legendary wood-fired pizza that quality matches the wines they serve.
Their $5 cellar door experience gives you a structured wine tutorial, with more detailed master classes available for those wanting to soak up more information.
2. Bremerton Wines, Langhorne Creek
Langhorne Creek is known to be one of the best kept secrets in the Australian wine industry, filled with family-run wineries with a focus on Italian varieties. Bremerton Wines cellar door is a restored barn from 1866 and the vine-wreathed exterior makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into Italy. With a wide range of wines on offer and a comfortable vibe you’ll feel like you’re right at home and will find some new varieties to add to your own cellar.
3. Shaw & Smith Winery, Adelaide Hills
If you’re venturing into the Adelaide Hills in search of the ultimate wine and cheese pairings then you can’t go past the Shaw & Smith Winery. Their range of seating can accommodate for the high number of people who walk through their doors on the weekend with different seating options available depending on the size of your party and the weather, but the spacious interiors help you to never feel cramped or boxed in. It’s no surprise that this is a favourite spot of those in the know.
4. Bird in Hand Winery, Adelaide Hills
With sprawling grounds and a picturesque lake that is perfect as a backdrop for weddings photos or your Instagram snaps, Bird In Hand Winery is a popular spot in the summer months. With art exhibitions from local and international artists, as well as concerts from the likes of Julia Stone and James Morrison, they’ve positioned themselves as a cultural destination with the wine pedigree to match. They’ve got a 5 course wine and lunch pairing option for those looking to sit in to soak it all up, as well as a more casual wine and olive oil sampling on the deck outside.
5. Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa
Established in 1851, Seppeltsfield Winery has remained a family owned and run business for over 150 years. History remains a vital point of difference for this winery and true wine connoisseurs will revel at the chance to sample some unique vintages that are over 100 years old. As well as the standard tastings and pairings available as part of their cellar door experience you can also hire bikes and segways to tour the famous Barossa Valley if you’re wanting to make a day of it.
If you’re considering making the trek to Adelaide to experience all that their cellar doors have to offer, then having the right accommodation will help you to really make the most of the South Australian wine region.